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4.0 out of 5 stars informative, fun read, October 31, 2013
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This is a fascinating look at the history of pizza from its Italian origins to its "Americanization" to current worldwide trends in pizza. The book is slim, but very informative, and it also includes recipes.

It's part of The Edible Series. Other already-released titles include "Hamburger" and "Pancake." Forthcoming titles include Beer, Hot Dog, Chocolate, Cake, and Pie, just to name a few.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about food or who likes to read books on a quirky topic. A reader is treated to a lot of interesting information in a compact format.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift Idea, April 22, 2009
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This review is from: Pizza: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible) (Hardcover)
I bought this as a gift for my brother and his wife, they are food crazy. Their hobby is cooking, therefore I was looking for a cook book with a difference. This was a perfect gift, not only did it have some great recipes, it also contained some fascinating history of pizzas.

I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book, March 19, 2014
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This review is from: Pizza: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible) (Hardcover)
Bought as a gift, great book.
Wonderful content, pictures, and recipes.
I love the writing style of these series and am considering buying other titles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly informative, February 7, 2009
This review is from: Pizza: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible) (Hardcover)
This tiny book is a short history of pizza. Perhaps the most interesting part was the first 30 pages or so, which explains the history of pizza. Pizza existed in the 1700s (if not earlier) in Naples, where it was a street food for the poor: basically just flatbread with some sort of topping. The cheapest form of pizza had just garlic, salt and lard- more expensive versions had cheese, basil, fish and/or tomato. But until after WW II, pizza was not popular outside Naples (let alone outside Italy). But after WW II, immigrants from southern Italy spread both to northern Italy and the northern United States- selling pizza in both places. And from there, pizza spread to the rest of the world.

What makes pizza so popular worldwide? Cheapness and adaptability. Because it is always basically a flatbread with toppings, it is an easily comprehensible "comfort food" - yet the infinite variety of possible toppings mean that the basic recipe can be adapted to fit local tastes or altered to be a little different every day.
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Pizza: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible)
Pizza: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible) by Carol Helstosky (Hardcover - October 15, 2008)
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