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I bought this book because I wanted to up my home pizza game, but this book isn't really about making pizza at home. Rather, it's about making PIZZA at home - making a batch of dough for 6 pizzas at once which takes 3 days to make from specialty flours (preferably home-milled the same day you start) having specific protein concentrations and using fresh yeast to target specific hydration points based on the type of oven you are using and desired style of pizza. As fascinating and educational as it was to read, I'm lucky if I plan ahead enough to start the pizza dough in the morning instead of at the last minute. This then creates a dilemma - the plan-ahead time puts it in the "special occasion" bucket, but then you don't make it often enough to become truly good at understanding how the dough should feel and respond and none of the recipes seem the type that will work perfectly without practice.
If I had a family that made pizza a lot this would be a must-have book. Or maybe if I had a small restaurant and really wanted to provide awesome pizza and was willing to experiment with flours and hydration and techniques? As it is I have made a few batches of dough of the different styles, played with the flour ratios a few times, and enjoyed every minute of it but the book is now on my shelf because I can't give it the time it deserves.
I found this book at the library and immediately ordered it from Amazon after reading just a few pages. If you're looking to understand the science behind how pizza works, this is a great resource. It's very detailed. Very. So, if you're just looking for a quick pizza recipe, this isn't really it. If you're looking to understand what makes pizza so delicious and how you can create pizza like the pros, this book is for you. The book gives detailed instructions for making pizza in a 900 degree wood fire oven as well as a home oven. And I've had pretty good success with the home oven piece! The pizza's I've made from this book taste restaurant-quality and it has to do with the techniques he describes. Some of the recipes are intense as far as steps. So, this one isn't for the cook who wants quick and fast.