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Bianco: Pizza, Pasta and Other Food I Like

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In 2005 Chris opened Pane Bianco, serving foccacia breads and sandwiches, then his Italian Restaurant.

The road to pizza Nirvana goes through Phoenix...it just might be the best pizza in America." -Ed Levine, New York Times It is fun, especially in this case, when I have tasted the food before, to learn about how the recipes came to light. Bianco's love of using local ingredients, and finding the right balance between different flavors and textures, is a joy to read about. It gives the restaurant experiences that I have had even more depth, and I look forward to dining there again as well as trying to make these wonderful meals at home. Chris’ infectious approach combines cheffy knowledge with down-to-earth accessible recipes; after all, Chris explains, pizza is only ‘posh cheese on toast’, to deliver a cookbook that is both insightful and doable. Now a James Beard Award-winning chef--the first pizzaiolo to receive the honor--and the owner of the legendary pizza mecca, Chris Bianco brings us a full- color, fully illustrated cookbook that illuminates the fundamentals of pizza making and the philosophy behind Chris's cooking. The book features recipes for his signature pizzas as well as strategies and techniques for translating chef's methods to the home kitchen. This seems to be a cookbook for Chris Bianco's restaurant's dishes. I think a lot of the dishes would be a pleasure to eat. A number were intriguing; I'd gladly eat them if someone else made them, but not many of them made me want to cook like books of Alton Brown, Michael Pollan, and Marc Vetri (among others) have done.Including all-time-favourite pizzas such as Margherita and Wise Guy, pasta including pappardelle and gnocci, and foccacia and country breads, this stunning book also includes over 60 simple Italian-inspired recipes. With beautiful food photography by David Loftus, Chris’ distinctive first book will inspire novice Italian food lovers as well as more confident cooks looking to learn from the best. In his much-anticipated first cookbook, Chris finally reveals the secrets behind his phenomenal Italian food. Chris guides you through the alchemy and history of flatbreads and pizzas, pasta and bread doughs. He explains the magic trio of flour, water and tomatoes, the science of leavening and bringing your food together with ‘fire and smoke’– or the simple domestic oven and hob. I don't remember seeing a photo of the author smiling. Every photo of him (outside of childhood) that I recall had him scowling in the heat of the oven or grunting in labor over dough. My initial thoughts before reading about his heartwarming love for his family was, "does this guy even like his job?"

Bianco is guilty of spouting off like most well-awarded chefs that no longer walk around in the normal world--telling the reader to skip on down to the local granary and strike up a lifelong relationship with the miller so she can source locally grown ultra-organic wheat from the neighborhood farmer and grind it for you using the 16th century technology they have lying around. You know, just another day at the office. Now the owner of a legendary pizza mecca and a James Beard award-winning chef, Chris Bianco brings us a full-color, fully illustrated cookbook illuminating the fundamentals of pizza making, from the basics of flour and water to the philosophy behind Bianco’s cooking. The book features recipes for his signature pies as well as strategies and techniques for translating chef’s methods to the home kitchen. Now the owner of a legendary pizza mecca and a James Beard award-winning chef, Chris Bianco brings us a full-color, fully illustrated cookbook illuminating the fundamentals of pizza making, from the basics of flour and water to the philosophy behind Bianco's cooking. The book features recipes for his signature pies as well as strategies and techniques for translating chef's methods to the home kitchen.

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This weekend, I will be hitting the farmers market, and trying one or two of the salads that are in the book. In his much-anticipated first cookbook, Chris finally reveals the secrets behind his phenomenal Italian food. Chris guides you through the alchemy and history of flatbreads and pizzas, pasta and bread doughs. He explains the magic trio of flour, water and tomatoes, the science of leavening and bringing your food together with ‘fire and smoke’ – or the simple domestic oven and hob. Recipes include: antipasti such as Roasted Dates with Fontina & Prosciutto; salads and sides including Watermelon, Fennel & Parsley Salad and Panzanella; pastas including Tagliatelle with Lemon and Spinach & Ricotta Crespelle; mains such as Slow-Roasted Lamb and Pappa a Pomodoro; desserts such as Rhubarb & Ricotta Pudding and Seasonal Fruit Crostata.

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