The Best Books For Making Pizza From Scratch

The Books I Picked & Why

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza

By Ken Forkish

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza

Why this book?

If you want to delve deep and learn the hows and whys of pizza and bread making, this book has everything you’re looking for. Forkish is one of the great sages of breadmaking, and having this book on your shelf is like having a grand master at the ready.


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My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home

By Jim Lahey, Rick Flaste

My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home

Why this book?

Lahey is another pizza sage I refer to often. His no-knead pizza dough is a revelation, and his composed pizza recipes are at once simple and mind blowing.


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The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

By Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

Why this book?

Once you master a good pizza dough recipe, the next step is experimenting with different combinations of toppings. Whenever I need some pairing inspiration for seasonal produce or meats or a special type of cheese, this is the first book I reach for. 


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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

By Samin Nosrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Why this book?

The key to amazing homemade pizza is balance. Since only so many ingredients can fit on a round of dough, everything shines through and it’s obvious when the flavors aren’t working well together. This book, by the incredible Samin Nosrat, will help you learn how to create balance in pizza and all your home cooking.


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Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

By Joshua McFadden, Martha Holmberg

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

Why this book?

Not only is this book a beauty, but it’s also a great way to discover new pairings for your favorite seasonal pizza toppings. Many of my favorite pizza recipes have been adapted from combinations of ingredients found in recipes for salads, casseroles, fancy meals, sandwiches, and more. If you’re a farmers’ market fiend and a homemade pizzamaker, you need more books like this one.


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