Modernist Pizza Review

Modernist Pizza Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
January 31, 2022

Modernist Pizza: A Guide to One of the World's Most Popular Foods

We want to end this first month of 2022 with a "bang," so here is our Modernist Pizza Review. Many of you have been asking us for this review, and we couldn't be more excited to bring you another book review from Modernist Cuisine.

Modernist Pizza is the newest book by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya - a guide to one of the world's most popular foods.

Created by the team that published the critically acclaimed Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking and Modernist Bread, this groundbreaking set is the culmination of exhaustive research, travel, and experiments to collect and advance the world's knowledge of Pizza.

This three-volume collection covers the history, culture, styles, and over 1000 pizza recipes, and it is designed to empower pizza fans and professionals around the world.

Modernist Pizza Review

A Book for All Pizza Lovers

As we said in the preview article of Modernist Pizza, this collection leaves no pizza stone unturned. Years of research in the making, this groundbreaking collection delivers the story of Pizza as it's never been told before.

The result is a multivolume set that captures Pizza's global history, culture, and styles. It gives both professional and home pizza makers the tools to refine their skills and become an innovator of their craft.

Each chapter examines a different aspect of Pizza, from its history and top travel destinations to dough, sauce, cheese, toppings, equipment, and more.

Housed in a red stainless-steel case, Modernist Pizza contains over 1000 traditional and avant-garde recipes to make Pizza from around the globe, each carefully developed with professional and home pizzaioli in mind.

Modernist Pizza Review
Pizza Margherita. Photography by Nathan Myhrvold (volume three p. 46)

Three Volumes of Pizza

Modernist Pizza consist of 3 volumes, each one dedicated to specific topics.

The first volume explores pizza’s history, its many styles, and top pizza destinations around the world. From there, Volume 2 tackles the fundamentals of pizza making, such as dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings. Volume 3 contains recipes for both traditional and innovative pizzas from across the globe. A portable recipe manual completes the set.

As happened in their first books, the Modernist Cuisine team sourced the world to research all the needed information for this new book. They travel the world, from Italy and the US, to Sao Paolo and Tokyo, they visited over 250 of the world's best pizzerias between them, meeting and learning from some of the world's best pizzaiolo in the process.

There's a lot to learn in Modernist Pizza and plenty to excite and stretch real pizza pros, with detail on new insights and techniques thanks to the hundreds of experiments conducted by the Modernit Cuisine Team - like a game-changing flavor-infused fior di latte mozzarella, and turning ordinary canned soup into an extraordinary tomato sauce.

Modernist Pizza Review
Volume 1 - History and Fundamentals

Over 1000 Recipes and Variations

We have been going through Modernist Pizza for a couple of months, and we love it. As pizza enthusiasts, as we are, we couldn't have found a better book for our passion.

Over the last months, we have been making some of the 1000 recipes variations you can find in this collection. There are plenty of options to choose from traditional pizzas like Neapolitan Margherita and new twists on cult classics such as a Hawaiian pizza with Kalua pork.

You'll find innovative sauces, cheeses, and flavor combinations, as well as recipes for a range of styles, including New York, artisan, deep-dish, Brazilian thin-crust, focaccia, al taglio, and Detroit-style doughs, plus gluten-free variations.

Over 550 step-by-step photos illustrate important details of nearly every technique and fundamental recipe in the book. These visual guides will walk you through the ins and outs of shaping dough, making cheese, applying sauce, and more, plus how to troubleshoot common problems at every stage of the pizza-making process.

Modernist Pizza Review
Neapolitan Man. Photography by Nathan Myhrvold (volume one p. 270)

Final Thoughts

Modernist Pizza is a fabulous multivolume set that captures Pizza's global history, culture, and styles and gives both professional and home pizza makers the tools to refine their skills and become an innovator of their craft.

Whether you're a professional or new to making Pizza, Modernist Pizza is for anyone who enjoys a slice.


Modernist Pizza is the definitive guide to one of the world's most popular foods - a must-have for any pizza enthusiast.









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