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I really wanted to LOVE this book and preordered it. It’s very complex and with my busy schedule I can’t take Dan’s dive into pizza world. Was hoping he was going to give how-to’s based on experience. Instead it’s a diatribe of his journey which would be wonderful IF I had more time. He is accomplished and obviously amazing. His ‘basic’ dough recipe takes 3 days which I just don’t have time to do. The book should be called “Dan’s Joy of Pizza”. I don’t have time to measure the temperature and humidity of my kitchen, flour, bowls, etc. to make dough. I admire him but the book is not for a working person trying to make good pizza. It’s for an artist seeking to perfect their skill.
It’s my belief few on this planet could appropriately follow the directions or suggestions outlined in the pages of this book. Possibly might be helpful to professional business owner who went to culinary school and was thinking about making pizza.
This book is not fun or joyful. Knowledgeable (seemingly): yes, maybe? Author fails to keep in mind the audience. Most of us are not trying to open up a pizza restaurant. Ultimately I had to return it as I found any ounce of joy lacking from the pages, instead of joy you will feel exhausted. You will definitely find plenty of ego. Stick with Ken Forkish’s book and 00 flour.
We ordered this book hoping to find the definitive pizza sauce after seeing the author interviewed on a morning show. His recipe for pizza sauce; one 28 oz. can of whole tomatoes, fine sea salt. Hmm...
This book was about Dan saying, look how amazing I am. I really wanted to like this book and looked forward to reading it, which I tried doing several times and kept putting it down. It’s so over complicated and trust me, I am a dedicated pizza nerd and love the long version of why recipes work (hello Americas test kitchen) but this book is over the top.