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The Great Chicago-Style Pizza Cookbook Paperback – April 1, 1983
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They are, however, very good pizza recipes. My main criticism of the book is that some of the instructions are incomplete. For example, in the stuffed pizza recipe he tells you to put the sauce on top of the pizza without pre-cooking the pizza at all. In my experience, that always results in a doughy, partially-uncooked top crust. I prebake the pizza with no sauce for about 10 minutes, then add the sauce, and it's great. But Bruno should've told me that; I shouldn't have had to figure it out for myself.
Yes, I would like to get my hands on the actual Giordano's recipe, but these recipes still beat any pizza I can get here in Oregon.
hard to live in or near Chicago for any length of time and
not become one. I recently moved from Illinois to the west
coast and have come to the conclusion that good pizza
doesn't exist out here. So, I've been making my own.
This book provides good recipes and recommendations on
ingredients. A definite must for transplanted Chicagoans.
Not sure about the tomato paste, though. Are we reading the same recipe? Canned tomatoes, chopped by hand (I use a pastry knife), all the way.
I echo the review that said you have to bake the crust a bit first to keep it from getting soggy. I've also done a bit of experimenting along the way, and think the sauce I have come up with improves on the one in the book, but any good cook should be willing to do that, I'd think. Tastes differ and all that.
Anyway this book has helped me keep my pizza sanity 1700 miles west of Mecca. Highly recommended.
With this book, as long as I've followed the recipes exactly, the pizzas have always turned out great. When I tried to substitute X type of flour in the crust, or skimp on rising time, ect., the pizzas were full of failure and sadness. Not bad, but nowhere near as good as when I just followed the freaking instructions.
One of my favorite features of the book is how it explains step by step on how/why the elements of the pizza (utensils, crust, sauce, whatnot) are used and made. By actually reading through this book and not just skipping to the recipes in back, I'd say my pizza-making skills have improved drastically compared to my previous, poorly-fated attempts.
The first half of the book is full of pictures describing the processes of making deep-dish pizza in enough detail that someone who has never cooked a pizza can produce an outstanding pizza on the first try. The second half of the book is recipes from the Chicago pizza restaurants. It's hard to imagine the first half being any more clear, and the second half doesn't bore you to death with stuff you will know cold once you've read the first half and used it to make a couple of pizzas.
It is the perfect balance of educational detail and long-term utility.
I've had this book since 1983, the year it was first published. When I bought it, I loved deep-dish pizza, but hadn't a clue how to make it. I've used it to make more than a hundred different deep-dish pizzas, with never a flop yet. I've just purchased my THIRD copy, because I've used the first two copies until they disintegrated. My most popular is the Spinach-stuffed pizza, although the Greek pizza (with Kalamata olives, anchovies, feta and spinach) is my personal favorite.
One thing you won't find is innovations since 1983, but if you hear about something new, it's a snap to include it. It is the difference between learning a recipe and learning the theory. Get this book, and you'll be able to make the kind of pizza you want.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great for starters. as with all recipe books, everyone develops their own methods and ingredients according to tastePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not exactly what I was looking for but lots of info. I would only recommend if you want to start by growing plum tomatoes and run the gamut through cleaning, cutting, prepping and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dianaru
I was not impressed with these recipes. Save your money, and go on line.Published 13 months ago by tpmazz
For anyone considering making their own ... and why not? There are so many pizza places, you must be able to do it!Published 16 months ago by Bruce T. Harvey
I'll give this four stars, as the crust recipes are what attracted me. I grew up in Illinois, eating many of the great Chicago pizzas, and appreciate the crust and sauce tips, but... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gregory Hamblin