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:
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!