Just in time to be late for National Pizza Day, we look at a few books on the world’s favorite food while contemplating Chicago Deep Dish and polishing off more than a few cans of Two Brothers Prairie Path Golden Ale. Dig in and enjoy!
Authors: Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya
Publisher: Modernist Cuisine (2021)
Years of research in the making, Modernist Pizza takes a deep dive into the world of pizza. Housed in a red stainless-steel case, the multivolume set not only captures the history, culture, and global styles of pizza, it contains all of the essential tools both professional and home pizza makers need to refine their skills and become an innovator of their craft. Filled with both practical and outside-the-box techniques, Modernist Pizza contains more than 1,000 recipes and variations developed by the Modernist Cuisine team for doughs, sauces, cheese, toppings, and pizzas from around the world. (Publisher website)
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Pizza: A Global History
Author: Carol Helstosky
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Ltd., London (2008)
Carol Helstosky documents the fascinating history and cultural life of this chameleon-like food in Pizza. Helstosky explains [that] pizza has been adapted to local cuisines and has become a metaphor for cultural exchange. Pizza also features several recipes and a wealth of illustrations . . . . Whether you love sausage and onions on your pizza or unadorned cheese, Pizza has enough offerings to satiate even the pickiest of readers. (Bookshop.org)
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Prairie Path Ale by Two Brothers Brewing is a Belgian-style golden ale. Created to remove gluten, Prairie Path is full flavored and slightly bitter, bright, refreshing and easy to drink any time of the year.
What Exactly Is a Golden Ale? at Hop Culture.com — Competitive regulations for either beer require a straw to gold color, no chill haze, a low malt sweetness, with cereal-like or other pale malt attributes present as well as low to medium-low aroma levels. The hop flavor and aroma of a golden ale can be anywhere from medium-low to medium, although neither should be dominant. A low-to-medium perceived bitterness means this style should hit around 15 to 25 IBUs. (hopculture.com)
John Stewart’s rant against deep-dish pizza is a classic. The LA Times gives some context but doesn’t have links straight to the video. Click here for the complete, two-part, 10-minute ride. Buckle up.
National Pizza Day (2024): How and where to get free pizza and deals
Chicagoans are known for their passion for pizza and pizza lovers across the area will be able to get free and discounted pizzas at many popular restaurants for National Pizza Day. (NBC Chicago.com)
The Pain and Sorrow of Learning Your Beloved Childhood Pizza Is Trash by Peter Rugg at Vice.com (Peter Rugg is a career journalist and CEO of Heist Media.)
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