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All the Styles and Techniques to Master your Pizza Making. The Best Pizza Recipes Books in 2022.

We have recently moved to Malawi, a beautiful country in Southern Africa.

Since we are Italians, we have combined these 2 Worlds, using the wonderful local clay we built a Wood Fired Oven to experiment all kind of Pizza.

We haven’t tried all the recipes but this is the list of the Best Pizza Recipe Books, according to us.

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The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home [A Cookbook]

by Ken Forkish, 2016

Portland baker Ken Forkish wrote much more than a cookbook. It is a inspiring journey into the world of pizza artisans, through the different taste, consistency, type of crust in the various Regions of Italy.

Beside the history and philosophy of pizza, the heart of this book is, of course, the dough.

You will find 12 different dough recipes (and 35 pizza recipes)  for different pizza styles, from “al taglio“, to gluten free and “Neapolitan”among others.

With a particular focus on hydration, a fundamental part in the pizza process.

The Pizza Bible: The World’s Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and More 

by Tony Gemignani, 2014

13-time world Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani wrote what it is considered the Bible of the pizza making.

9 pizza styles amazingly explained: St. Louis style, Cincinnati Red, Neapolitan, Roman, Chicago, Sicilian and many recipes.

If you want to make a real pizza, probably better the the average restaurants around you, then buy this book.

Everything you need to know is here,from the tools to the superb ingredients and where to find them.

Perfect Pan Pizza: Square Pies to Make at Home, from Roman, Sicilian, and Detroit, to Grandma Pies and Focaccia

by Peter Reinhart, 2019

Don’t have a wood-fired oven? Perfect Pan Pizza will teach how to achieve a great result with your home oven.

Pragmatic and easy to execute procedures, you can choose from the classic pizzas to the more gourmet toppings.

This book is versatile, perfect for beginners but also for more experts pizza makers.

American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza

by Peter Reinhart, 2003

Another book from American baker Peter Reinhart, American Pie is focused on the author’s journey to find the best pizza recipe for every different style.

Unfortunately the recipes are without weights or baker’s percentages which makes hard to understand the exact quantity of the ingredients to use. Still, if you are already a bit navigated in the pizza making this is a nice cookbook to have.

If you are curious about Peter Reinhart watch his TED talk “the art and craft of bread“.

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

by Ken Forkish, 2012

This New York Time Best Seller by Ken Forkish is focused mostly on bread with a section dedicated to pizza.

More than a recipes book is a bread crafting 101 textbook, demanding flexibility and creativity.

The major critic about his method is the amount of flour wasted in making the starter, but if you want to make a great rustic bread or pizza this is still one of the best book available.

There are many suggestions about items of equipment to acquire to make your baking easier.

How to Make the Greatest Pizza on Earth: Beginners to experienced, easily make delicious homemade pizza

by Jim Neidert and Sara T. Bredesen, 2020

This book is exactly what the title suggests, a simple and fast way to make a delicious pizza at home.

A great cookbook, filled with both original and classic recipes, perfect to experiment different pizzas with your family.

How to Make the Greatest Pizza on Earth is mainly focused on American Style pizzas.

The Essential Wood Fired Pizza Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques From My Wood Fired Oven 

by Anthony Tassinello, 2016

A perfectly fired up oven is 50% of the success of a real pizza.

Tassinello gives you all the necessary advices on how to make the perfect fire for pizza, from the preparation to the best kind of wood for different types of ovens.

Dough and pizza recipes are without weigh, using active dry yeast as opposed to instant yeast.

If you have or you plan to build a wood-fired oven you should give this book a try.

Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone

by Marc Vetri and David Joachim, 2018

An Italian cookbook, Vetri beautifully explains what dough hydration is and why it matters, why certain types of flour are used and what difference would be achieved if you swapped them.

Brilliant and fresh recipes for every taste, A Teglia, Neapolitan, Romana, absolutely one of the best book on this list.

Pizza: The Ultimate Cookbook Featuring More Than 300 Recipes

by Barbara Caracciolo, 2020

Barbara Caracciolo, the first female author in our list, wrote this book as an aesthetic masterpiece, superb quality, over 800 pages, and 300 recipes, almost all of them with a picture.

The dough recipes gives an exceptional result, our choice.

Loui Loui’s Detroit Style Pizza Book: A How To Guide

by Michael Spurlock, 2019

For those who already decided what style of pizza they like the most or want to dig more in each style, Loui Loui’s Detroit Style Pizza is a good start.

A short book, around 60 pages, with simple procedures, ingredients easy to find, and you will get your fluffy-deep-​crusted rectangular pie.

This book plus a Detroit Style Pizza Pan is really the perfect gift for Detroit pizza lovers.

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