It’s National Pizza Month: Check out these books

Published 11:55 am Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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National Pizza Month was celebrated for the first time in October 1984. It was created by Gerry

Durnell, publisher of Pizza Today, a magazine dedicated to this delicious pie. For almost 40

years this month has been a fitting tribute to the iconic dish. Celebrate by checking out a book

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about pizza from the library.



Pizza: A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli

Do you like pizza? Because right now, somewhere in the world, someone is eating it. Did you

know that in the United States we eat 350 slices of pizza every second? Or that in Sweden they

serve pizza with bananas and peanuts? All over the world, people love pizza-but where did it

come from? And who made the first pizza? Join award-winning author and illustrator Greg

Pizzoli as he travels through time and around the globe to discover the mouth-watering history of pizza.


Pizza Day by Melissa Iwai

A father and son spend a hot summer day together gathering vegetables and herbs, making pizza dough and sauce, and playing while their pizza bakes in the oven. Includes a recipe for Garden Pizza.



Teen Titans Go!: Truth, Justice, Pizza

The world’s hottest heroes – Robin, Beast Boy, Raven, Cyborg and Starfire – are here to show

you how it’s done, Titan-style, in these six fantastic fables. The teen superheroes from Jump City tackle it all in this exciting all-ages graphic novel, collecting issues #1-6 of their first comic book appearances.


Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

Although 16-year-old Sophie has grown up working in her family’s Mediterranean

restaurant in Washington DC, she is not prepared to compete on the new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, when her best friend Alex convinces her to audition. Includes recipes.



Perfect Pan Pizza by Peter Reinhart

Starting with recipes for three master doughs that can be made with commercial yeast, as well as a brief intro to sourdough starters, this cookbook illustrates how to make several styles of pan pizza including Detroit-style deep-pan pizza, focaccia, Roman, and Sicilian.


Playing for Pizza by John Grisham


Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship

game, he provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL and became a national laughingstock. Of course, he was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. The only team that will hire him is the mighty Panthers of Parma. So Rick reluctantly heads off to Italy.


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