A couple of years ago, Mark Bittman wrote about a recipe for no-knead bread from maverick baker Jim Leahy of Sullivan Street Bakery
. Suddenly everyone from Martha Stewart
to the Amateur Gourmet
were making it, and home bakers from Oregon to South Florida were following along. Because of this incredibly easy recipe, it's now no longer hit or miss for an amateur baker to make a beautiful loaf.
With pizza such a thing right now, it's not surprising there's been much anticipation for the release of the Jim Leahy cookbook, My Pizza: The Easy, No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home,
based on the beautiful pies he bakes at Co.
in Manhattan. Eater posted a stunning photo essay
from the book paired with a Josh Ozersky video. Former Village Voice
critic Lauren Shockey posted a Q&A with Lahey
on making pizza at home.
His talking points with Shockey are quite interesting:
1) The margherita pizza is the most popular pizza in his restaurant and remains the test of what is a good pie.
2) Many of his recipes are inspired by pasta.
3) Chicken breast in any form does not belong on pies.
But the most noteworthy news is that Lahey acknowledged he had a wheat allergy -- awfully inconvenient for a baker. And right now, he's in the final stages of infecting himself with hookworm as a cure for wheat intolerance
Lahey said the process involves "placing mail-order
larvae on his skin
under a bandage and waiting for them to burrow into
his body and modify his immune system." More »