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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Concept, Good Pizza, November 10, 2011
This review is from: Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day (Hardcover)
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This book is not as life changing as the original Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking. If you have that book, you probably already understand how you can apply the concepts to flatbread. I've used a modified version of their original bread recipe to make pizza for years (they do have a pizza recipe in that book). If you don't have that book and love all breads, I highly recommend it.

The basic concept is the same as the original book. Make a huge batch of dough at one time, and as the dough ages it turns out to be kind of sourdoughy in flavor. No kneading, very little mixing. It's a great way to make great tasting bread or pizza. It's a really moist, a little hard to work with dough. You get used to working with it. When I was really doing my own bread all the time, it really did only take about 5 minutes of my time to get a loaf in the oven (the five minutes doesn't take into account baking time).

This book is great you just want to learn how to make an easy, homemade pizza crust. It has some recipes for small batches too, if you're not feeding a pizza army. Lots of variations and tips aimed at pizza and other flatbread like naan and pita bread.

It also has some information on sauces and toppings for pizza, but I find it weak in the respect. It's really a dough book.

Another weakness is that it claims to have "Gluten-free" and "Whole Grain" recipes. It does have a gluten-free recipe, but I'm not fond of it. I've found better and easier gluten-free pizza recipes on the Internet. So, if you're looking for specific advice on gluten-free dough, don't go for this this one. It's just vogue to have it thrown in as a option.

I only gave this book three stars because, while it's a good book and it will get the job done, I think the original book offers much more and is a more complete package. While I recommend this one to pizza lovers, I recommend the other one to anyone who loves bread-like products.
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Initial post: Jan 31, 2012 11:43:46 AM PST
L. Macrae says:
Does the original book have pizza and flatbread recipes? I'm considering one or the other... thanks...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 7:12:09 PM PST
it has a basic olive oil/pizza dough recipe and one or 2 sets of pizza instructions

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 7:13:21 PM PST
it has a basic olive oil/pizza dough recipe and one or 2 sets of pizza instructions

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 7:16:30 PM PST
I was just wondering if you mind sharing your modified version for pizza dough? My daughter has soy allergies and I do have one pizza recipe I use a lot, but I am interested in finding others. Thank!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 8:40:10 AM PST
AmandaGal says:
The one I use is very similar to this one:
epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Gluten-Free-Pizza-241924

The ones using cauliflower are actually quite tasty too.
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