Pizza Camp Book Review

Pizza Camp Book Review

Title: Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia
Author: Joe Beddia
Published: April 18, 2017, Harry N. Abrams
No. of Pages: 224
Cover Price: $29.95 Hardcover, $11.99 Kindle

Love Pizza? Almost everybody does. Most don’t, however, make their own, either because they don’t know how, or don’t want to take the time. Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia by Joe Beddia, can remedy that situation; it’s a great primer on making pizza. The instructions are easy to follow, so anyone, no matter what cooking skill level, will be able to make incredible pizza at home. The pictures of the different pizzas, hoagies (including awesome buns), Stromboli, and other related items are great. To add interest, there are also pictures that are a bit peculiar, i.e., adorable dogs eating slices of pizza, someone’s foot and partial leg, and sites in Philadelphia where the original Pizzeria Beddia is located.

In the forward sections of this excellent cookbook, there are step-by-step instructions for making perfect pizza crust, as well as sauce (both white and red), and information on cheeses. Also included is a section on equipment and how to transform your oven into a pizzeria oven. Beddia starts with a basic cheese pizza with pictured instructions that make it easy, and once the basics are mastered, any of the pizzas can be made with minimum effort.

There is a section on ingredients that is very helpful, and includes most of the ingredients that go on pizzas, as well as some unique items for those with a bit of imagination. Beddia has also included dozens of very unique pizzas with unexpected toppings such as dandelion greens, roasted fennel, and fiddleheads. There are also recipes for more traditional pizzas.

One of the best things about this book is that the author doesn’t talk down to his readers as if they are stupid. The prose is well-written. The recipes actually turn out picture perfect. Beddia makes homemade pizza fun and something everyone will enjoy. Other than pizza, there are recipes for incredible hoagies and, because it’s Philadelphia, an excellent Cheese Steak.

If you love pizza and want to perfect your skills by making it at home, this is the book for you.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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