Virtual Event: Modernist Pizza: Exploring Pizza's Cultural Significance
Ask anyone what their favorite food is, and there is a good chance they’ll say, “pizza.” But just how did this simple food become such a cultural phenomenon, capturing not just the hearts and stomachs of Americans and Italians, but folks all across the globe? Join head chef and co-author Francisco Migoya for a deep dive how pizza became one of the world’s most popular and beloved foods. The talk will be followed by a pre-recorded 10 minute Neapolitan pizza demonstration.
Registration includes admission to the virtual event, a 2022 Modernist Pizza Calendar & access to a recording of the event. You can purchase a copy of Modernist Pizza for 10% off the retail price here for a limited time.
How this works: If you would like your calendar shipped to you, please select "media mail" at checkout. If you prefer to pick up your calendar from the store, please select "in-store pickup". This event will be broadcast live on Crowdcast. We will follow up with a unique access link in an email. At the event time, click that link to watch the talk. During the event, feel free to ask questions using the Q/A or chat feature.
About the Author
Francisco Migoya, head chef of Modernist Cuisine, is the coauthor of Modernist Bread and Modernist Pizza. Together with Nathan Myhrvold, he directs culinary research and development of new techniques and recipes. An innovative pastry chef, Migoya's book, The Elements of Dessert (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), won a 2014 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award. He has been recognized as a top US pastry chef and chocolatier with accolades that include the Medal of Master Artisan Pastry Chef (2013) from Gremi de Pastisseria de Barcelona. Migoya owned Hudson Chocolates in New York and worked at both The French Laundry and Bouchon Bakery as executive pastry chef. Prior to joining the Modernist Cuisine team, Migoya was a professor at The Culinary Institute of America where his areas of instruction included bread, viennoiserie, pastry, and culinary science.
About Modernist Pizza
Modernist Pizza is the definitive guide to the world’s most popular food. 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.
Authors Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya share practical tips and innovative techniques, which are the outcome of hundreds of tests and experiments. Spanning 1,708 pages, including three volumes plus a recipe manual, Modernist Pizza is much more than a cookbook: it’s an indispensable resource for anyone who not only loves to eat pizza but is also interested in the science, stories, cultures, and history behind it.
Each gorgeously illustrated 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 1,000 traditional and avant-garde recipes to make pizza from around the globe, each carefully developed with both professional and home pizzaioli in mind.
Modernist Pizza will provide you with the tools to evolve your craft, invent, and make sublime creations. There’s never been a better time to make pizza.
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