Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pizza on the Grill by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer

While the theme of this book is pizza on the grill, there's a handy section that explains how to convert the recipes in the book so you can make pizzas in your oven - perfect for those days when the grill is buried in three feet of snow, or if you don't have a grill but need more recipes for pizza.

Pizza on the Grill starts out with a bit of history and technique, information about ingredients, equipment, and tips.

The second edition of the book (which is what I have in eBook format) includes gluten-free recipes that weren't in the original book, so keep that in mind, if it's a concern for you.

The organization of the recipes is ... interesting. The recipes for pizza doughs, sauces, and ingredients that need to be cooked ahead of time, are all at the end of the book, after the recipes for side dishes and salads.

It seems a little clunky at first, but it makes sense - there's no reason to repeat the pizza dough recipe for every single pizza, and the same goes for the sauces that are used for several different pies. And of course, if you're making your own combos, it's nice to have the doughs and sauces together rather than scattered throughout the book.

I would have preferred those fundamental recipes in the front of the book rather than the back, but once you know where to look, it doesn't really matter as much.

Recipes for pizza include classics, crazies, and desserts, and there are hints for upgrading or modifying the pizzas, as well as drink suggestions.

Even if you're already comfortable with putting toppings on pizza, there are probably some ideas here you haven't thought of. How about Day-After-Thanksgiving Pizza? Or Kung Pao Cashew Chicken Pizza? Or Pimento Cheese Pizza?

The photos in this book are really appealing, making me want to run out and fire up the grill now and make some pizzas.

Unfortunately, the eBook version I have had some formatting issues. It didn't make the book unusable, but my inner editor wanted to reach in and tweak a few things. If you're bothered by such things, you might be happier with the hard copy of the book.

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