Time for Another Cookbook Giveaway! Yippeeeee!

I keep getting cookbooks.  Publishers send them, and they're starting to pile up faster than I can test drive and rate them. 

So guess what – you benefit!  I just can't see myself keeping everything that comes through my kitchen door – I already have more cookbooks than a small Barnes & Noble – and I thought, rather than being tacky and selling them in my recent yard sale, I could start giving some of them away.

So here we are.

Not long ago I received a copy of The California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook by Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield, co-founders and co-CEOs of California Pizza Kitchen, with gorgeous photographs by Lucy Schaeffer.

Here's what it looks like:

Cpk family cookbook 

It's published by Wiley, which means the book itself is lovely – great photos, heavy duty, acid-free paper, and, of course, great recipes throughout.

To be honest, I'd never heard of the California Pizza Kitchen – possibly because I live way on the other side of the country, here in RI, and we don't have one of them in my back yard.  (They do have them in CT, and MA, however, so perhaps one day I shall load my family up and drive us there for a meal.  If I do, I'll let you know how it goes.)

But after looking through the book, I kind of wish we DID have a CPK in my neighborhood, because their style of creating pizzas is right up my alley. 

Here are a few to get you drooling:

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

White Pizza with Bacon

Chipotle Chicken Pizza

Vegetarian Pizza with Japanese Eggplant and Goat Cheese

Sound tempting?  And there are also recipes for pizza dough and all sorts of sauces, kid-themed pizzas, and dessert pizzas.  AND, there are several chapters of recipes for OTHER sorts of food.  Appetizers, salads, sandwiches…all sorts of goodies to round out the meal. 

For instance –

Avocado Club Egg Rolls

Miso Salad with Crab and Shrimp

Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini

The book is very fresh/California/fusiony/Wolfgang Puck-ish in feel, and actually I saw something on the Food Network some time ago about Ed LaDou, the original pizza chef at Spago, who was hired to design CPK's menu.  So there you go.

So why am I giving this lovely book away?

Well, because a lot of the recipe ideas are SO similar to things we come up with here at home that I don't think I'd use it all that often.  I might take it out and look at it now and then, maybe for inspiration, or to gaze hungrily at the pages…but I don't really, honestly, NEED it.  In fact, I'm telling myself it would be greedy and gluttonous of me to keep it.  Is that good enough for you?

So here's the deal.

Post a comment here between now and oh….Thursday, October 3rd 2008, at midnight, eastern standard time.

The comment?  Ummmmm…okay, let's talk pizzas. 

I know we've done that before with some other cookbook giveaway, but this time I want to hear about either the one topping you absolutely CAN NOT ABIDE on your pizza, OR, what is a topping you LOVE but most of the rest of the civilized world would find totally icky.

Yes, it's gross-out pizza commenting here at Barefoot Kitchen Witch.  That's just the kind of mood I'm in this morning. 

And if you don't have anything to say for either suggested topic, then fine, just tell me SOMETHING pizza-ish.  I'm just looking to be entertained, I guess.

The winner will be chosen AT RANDOM and will be announced on Friday morning.

Okay?  Ready?  On your mark, get set, COMMENT! 

39 thoughts on “Time for Another Cookbook Giveaway! Yippeeeee!

  1. OK, even though I live in pizza heaven (New Haven area, CT) I admit to skulking into CPK when I visit the Westfarms Mall near Hartford…their pear/gorgonzola pizza is surprisingly addictive!

    Let’s see, the one pizza topping I can’t abide…well, according to my New Haven-raised husband, this is downright heretical, but…I just can’t take clams on a pizza. I’ve tried, but it’s just not happening for me.

  2. I had a pizza on the East Side once that had shredded carrots and walnuts on it. It was actually pretty good, but it just sounds so wrong!

  3. Oh yum! California Pizza Kitchen is so yummy. We don’t have any nearby, but I try to eat there whenever I am near one. As far as toppings I abhor, that would pretty much belong to mushrooms and olives. Boring, I know. As far as strange toppings I love…corn. I love corn on pizza. It adds the best crunch and sweetness. It is best with some fresh spinach and garlic. MMMMM!!!

  4. Well, I used to like black olives. Then I hated any kind of olives. Now they are back on the okay list…but only green ones and all the better if they have spicy hot peppers in the middle of the rounds. I like when my pizza makes me sweat, er, I mean glisten. πŸ™‚

  5. Hmm…I’d have to say because I heart California Pizza Kitchen so much! This summer, on a business trip to Princeton, I found out they had built a new one…right on the way (Plymouth Meeting) I was so excited that I had lunch there (gotta love the expense account) I plugged the number into my cell phone and brought dinner home for myself and partner. (again…expense account) My absolute favorite—thai chicken salad. I would truly give a body part for that recipe πŸ™‚ The number is still in my cell because it is right on the way when I go to Philly for food runs. (the closest Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods)

  6. the best pizza i have had was made by one of my roommates while i was in graduate school in conn. she was fantastic: she could put together a pizza that would rival any made in an italian kitchen.

  7. Pizza means Jack’s thin crust frozen pizza to me. I will never willingly share a pie with anyone…the leftovers are even better!
    My favorite topping: extra tomato sauce from Lou’s
    My least favorite topping: pseudo tandoori chicken ick!!

  8. Haha, so this is a great question. I am not sure if it is gross or not (I have not had it yet) but a Korean friend of mine told me about Bulgogi Pizza. I guess it would be the equivalent of Chinese Mongolian Beef take out on Pizza (google Bulgogi Pizza and you can see pictures). My Korean friend claims that it is really good pizza…maybe next time you have Chinese/Korean take out you should try it on pizza πŸ™‚

  9. I haven’t been too adventurous with pizzas I guess, I like mine Hawaiian style. A popular chain once put out a buffalo style pizza, and that was really good.

  10. Fruit on pizza, or trying to turn pizza into a dessert is minging. I also find all these stuffed crust recipes vile. Too much grease and ooze. There’s an acceptable amount of ooze and stretch from the cheese that is perfect and welcoming but if the pizza held vertically begins to pour off oily death from the slice, then I’m not having it.

    Best pizza I ever had was in Switzerland, thin crust oven baked (First I’d had in many years since leaving Massachusetts and Bertucci’s) it had a nice, evn sprinkling cheese, black olives, spinach and anchovies, chunks of tomato and sprinkles of thyme, oregano and basil – fresh not dried – and baked in a brick oven. The burnt bits on the crust bubbles were the best.

  11. I cannot abide anchovies on my pizza. Totally gross! CPK has good pizza, but I’m originally from Chicago and the deep-dish pizza there is awesome–the best in the world!

  12. I haven’t had too many toppings that I don’t like…I have had some strange things…

    I do have a bit an aversion to pepperoni not because I don’t like the taste it just gives me heartburn…:(

    A strange things that I really like on pizza is sauerkraut…with sausage, ham or corned beef…I think that it’s my German blood that makes me love it…

  13. I have a friend that lives in Mississippi, she taught me how to make a seafood pizza…OH…sounds horrible but it had to be the BEST pizza I ever had. The toppings included shrimp, clams, and flaked fish. Sounds icky…but it was most wonderful. My family won’t eat it so I seldom get to cook it!

  14. the most vile pizza i’ve heard of comes courtesy of rachael ray. the “hot dog pizza-dilla” (god only knows how you pronounce that).

    according to rach, “the sliced hot dogs are your ‘pepperoni.'” no, they are not, thank you very much.

    the recipe also calls for both ketchup AND salsa, although she proclaims mustard and relish “optional.”


  15. I used to get some terrific pizza living in Jersey. There is a local joint called Trevi’s that served up a great traditional pie. And then there is one of Freehold NJ’s crowning jewels – Federici’s pizza – you can google them, and they’re about the third option or so. They’re really well known for their thin crust pizza. Didn’t realize how well known until I had people in LA asking if I’d been there. Weird, right? Or maybe just a smaller than expected world. Speaking of Los Angeles, California Pizza Kitchen was one of the first places I ever went in LA with probably the first really good friend I made out there. I’d never even known you could get duck on pizza! Yum!

    Now, living in Bristol, England, I am hard pressed to find anything that even resembles an edible pizza. Oddly enough, most of the pizzas you buy at the market to cook at home far outshine anything you’d buy at a restaurant. Although there is a place in the City Centre called Renalto’s. It was the first place I discovered a strangely tasty combination of mushroom, rocket lettuce, and artichoke with a big old egg baked right in the middle. Egg. On pizza! Really!

  16. Hi Jayne-
    I can’t abide pineapple on pizza- my favourite local pizzaoili agree and claim to charge $100.00 corkage fee to add it if requested πŸ˜‰

    I love green olives, pesto and alfredo sauce on my pizza.

  17. I love CPK. What a great recipe book! Thanks for having this giveaway!

    My favorite pizza is BBQ chicken, but every once in awhile I like a cheeseless pizza with veggies!

  18. I love a good cajun style pizza…crawfish, sausage and a good combo of spices for heat. I don’t care for pineapple on my pizza.

  19. I second or third pineapple. That is just bad stuff. But, I love pretty much anything on pizza. We end up with alot of fancy combinations. They are good but sometimes a good old greasy pepperoni pizza is all a girl needs.

  20. I have never even heard of CPK, but after reading about it, it sounds absolutely YUMMY!!
    I ordered bacon and cheese pizza once from Pizza Hut and instead received a bacon/anchovie pizza. Without looking/smelling the pizza I took a huge bite and realized that there was something wrong with my pizza! It was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever eaten!! Something that you will have to try on your pizza is refried beans. I love to order pizza and then heat up some refried beans and just use it has a dipping sauce. Yum

  21. I like to substitute an asparagus-spinach pesto for the tomato sauce, then throw on some grilled shrimp and mozzarella. People turn their noses up when I tell them this. Infidels.

  22. My boyfriend loves it the most when I make “Breakfast Pizza.” Eggs, tossed with whatever we have in the fridge; bacon, breakfast sausage, peppers, onions, etc. (I like mine with Salsa in the eggs) Then top it all with a good measure of cheese. Delish.

    The thing that bugs me about pizza is not so much a topping as an undering? I HATE it when you order pizza from somewhere and they put tons of dry crusty corn meal on the bottom of the crust and it cuts up your gums when you try to eat it. They must be stopped.

  23. I love when the pizza is hot and I did love to pull out the cheese and have them all, with fruits on top I just cant stop eating more and more.

    My husband hates it when the topping dry and have Mushrooms on them, thats one thing I love to have on Pizza :(. Thin crest Pizza wow thats one thing I love to make at home and have never succeded.

  24. I love pesto, sun dried tomatoes and spinach on my pizza. There is only one pizza place in my entire town that will make it that way. Either that or I suck it up and get Pizza Hut (my husbands favorite place, yuk!). Oh well, I guess you can’t have everything in life.

  25. I love pizza and make quite frequently with my husband. We make pizza all different ways. I especially like stuffed pizza. We love CPK as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  26. I make pizza for myself and my kids about once a week. I make their half with bacon and candian bacon and my half with mushrooms, green olives, black olives, canadian bacon, onion and occasionally hamburger. I also like artichoke on pizza (from Whole Foods), but I’ve never made it at home.

    I can’t stand any kind of fruit on a savory pizza…that’s just wrong!! Eat your pineapple for dessert!

  27. I think it might be too late to enter the contest, but – I love pears on my pizza (with gorgonzola cheese) and also … mayonnaise (on cold pizza, with avocadoes, chicken, mixed greens, tomato, etc) ! But I can’t stand pepperoni… weird, right

  28. People always laugh when I tell them that you often have to request cheese on your pizza in RI. And that the best pizza (to me) in the world is cold, thin, cheeseless pizza strips served in a plastic sleeve.

    As far as toppings go, my favorite is italian sausage, black olives, and feta.

  29. I love, love, love thin crust pizza topped with apples and cheese! My family owns an apple orchard, so I pretty much love apples on everything, I guess.

    For least favorite topping – definitely pepperoni. Can’t stand the taste of it!!!

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