California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2011
I've made the dough recipe twice, first time it came out great without me having to add much flour. The second time for some reason I had to add at least a cup more flour. My suggestion is that if you make the dough recipe, keep in mind you may need a little more flour. Also, make it ahead of time and refridgerate AT LEAST overnight, up to 3 days if possible. When I refridgerated it, it came out very tasty. When I didn't it was bland and gross. In my opinion, the Avacado Eggroll recipe and a few salad recipes are worth checking out this book alone. But if you're skeptical, do like I did and borrow it from the library (if possible) and write down those few recipes that catch your eye.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2010
I have been making pizza using the thin crust recipe and the simple sauce recipe in this book and they have been outstanding. The key with any at home pizza is using a good quality pizza stone and an oven that can get high temps. I have an oven that goes to 550 and that combined with an 1 inch thick stone, this recipe works great with this setup. It is really a simple recipe and is ready in a couple of hours. The dough you can get very thin and is very flavorful. Overall, this book has lots of good pizza recipes that use a couple of different base crusts. I highly recommend this book if you want to start to make pizza at home that tastes like what you get at the restaurant.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2008
I haven't tried all recipes yet. Just scan through and found out most of the recipes are simple and instructions are easy to follow

There are 4 basic sections for this book.
1/ Appertizer, salads, and panini sandwiches
2/ Specialties from menu, including chicken dishes and pizza
3/ Kids pizza party
4/ Dessert pizzas
There is not many recipes for pizza section which is not what I am looking for. However these are the pizzas you see they have at restaurant.
It seems the appertizer section is more interesting than the pizza section. Kid pizza party is ok. There is just a few for desert pizza.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
Great little recipe book! Many different ideas and pictures. It is also easy to use and follow. So far each dish that I have made using this has been a delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2011
Book provides very useful receipe information. The stuff after cooking turns out very tastey. I recommend it very much.
I am a big fan of CPK and now a bigger fan of their receipe book
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2008
I have yet to find a recipe from a Restaurant that is not sabotaged in some way. So, I really can't complain because I rather expected it. I was looking for a simple pizza recipe to get me started, pretty much knowing I'd be left on my own common sense for what is missing from this recipe. All I can say is, don't trust the measurements, use your common sense. Upon initial perusal I could see that the pizza sauce recipe had no liquid content. The sauce recipe was about 5 ounces short on tomato paste and another cup or two short on liquid (water or tomato sauce).The dough recipe was about 2 cups short of flour. But it ticks me off when restaurants (this was the only book I could find, after checking several others, that had a pizza recipe in it) make cookbooks when they really don't want you to cook, they want you to go to their restaurant. Besides some interesting ideas on dessert pizzas, you are best off just surfing the web than wasting your money on this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
Used a couple of the receipts and they tasted like the restaurant. The only thing is you have to buy ingredients that you wouldn't normally cook with so unless you're planning on making it often or a lot of it, it may go to,waste
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
This book was a gift. The core objective was to recreate CPK's pizza dough.

Followed the directions to a "T". End result was a soupy gloopy mess. Only after reading the other one star Amazon review, it became clear the recipe was incorrect. The dough was off by two cups of flour.

Shame on California Pizza Kitchen for their poor quality control on lack of business ethics.

Stay away from this book. You will find better results online.
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on April 26, 2013
I have always loved CPK and now I have my very own cookbook! you can also use this book to cook recipes with smaller children for home or Birthday party's. the book is easy to follow great pictures. If I had a complaint it would be more recipes from the actual menu.
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on October 23, 2014
So far, all of the recipes we've tried have turned out exactly like what we've ordered at CPK. It's nice to learn a little about their background and about how tied into their communities they are.
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