While Italy, and more precisely Naples, is pizza's spiritual home, it's fair to say it has become one of the world's favourite foods. Pizza comes in many styles - round, square, a metre or more in length, thin, thick, filled, fried or sweet, with a crust that's high or low, soft or crunchy. And the quality of the pizza is defined by the quality of the flour, the dough and the ingredients for the topping.
In his book New Pizza, award-winning chef Stefano Manfredi takes pizza back to its roots. He uses stoneground, unbleached, wholewheat flour and tried-and-tested methods for kneading and proving pizza dough, showing step by step how to create the healthiest, tastiest base for your pizza. Next comes an incredible range of toppings - the classics like Margherita or Seafood pizza and then a delicious range of new styles including Lamb belly, ricotta and Mediterranean herbs, Pickled lettuce, capers, olives and tomatoes, Roman pizza with figs, prosciutto and balsamic, the amazing Peking duck roll pizza, Fried pizza with pork belly, ricotta and provola and delightfully named Pillow of dreams, a chocolate indulgence dessert pizza.
To top it off, there are features with five of Naples' finest pizza chefs and sprinkled throughout are stunning shots of the beautiful city of Naples, the local growers and their produce. Stefano Manfredi's New Pizza takes pizza back to what it used to be - a healthy and delicious fast food for everyone to enjoy.
About the Author
Stefano Manfredi is one of Australia's leading exponents of modern Italian cuisine. In 1961 the Manfredi family arrived in Australia from Lombardy in the north of Italy. Stefano brought food and memories from the kitchen of his mother and grandmother, one of Lombardy's finest cooks, to his new home. Stefano has been an award-winning chef and restaurateur since the early 1980s, translating the flavours and recipes of his childhood into contemporary Italian food. For more than two decades he has owned and operated restaurants in Sydney. He is also an author, food writer and columnist. In 2005, Stefano Manfredi was one of a small group of celebrated Italian chefs to be included in the first English edition of the classic Italian cookbook, The Silver Spoon.