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Cookbook Giveaway: My Pizza

Make classic Boscaiola Pie with Jim Lahey's no-knead crust, topped with sausage, mushrooms and red onions.

Besides doughnuts, pizza is my all-time favorite food. When I got Jim Lahey’s cookbook My Pizza, my husband and I were inspired to make homemade pizza the next night – and again the week after – because this is simply the best pizza you can make at home.

As pizza connoisseurs know, the secret to great pizza is amazing crust – flavorful with good chew, crisp in some places, charred in others. It’s no surprise that Jim, famous for his simple no-knead bread method (detailed in his first book, My Bread) and founder of New York City’s Sullivan Street Bakery and pizza restaurant Co., knows how to make fabulous crust. The no-knead method takes minimal effort and allows flavor to develop slowly as the dough rests. It’s pure genius. And once you’ve mastered the crust, Jim’s creative, fresh toppings are just icing on the cake (or pie, in this case).

Try a couple pizzas from My Pizza today:

  • Bird’s Nest Pie – I couldn’t resist trying this unusual springtime pizza. It doesn’t use any sauce, but you’ll never miss it with the base layer of cheese topped with shaved asparagus and eggs, all melding together beautifully. The recipe calls for quail eggs, but Jim notes you can use regular chicken eggs, preferably small.
  • Boscaiola Pie – This classic pizza is topped with tomato sauce along with sausage, mushrooms and red onion.
  • Ham and Peas Pie – Jim was inspired by a common Italian pasta sauce to make this pizza. It’s topped with a creamy béchamel sauce along with prosciutto, peas and fresh mint.

Use fresh spring asparagus to make this unusual Bird's Nest Pie.

We’re giving away one  copy of My Pizza to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite pizza topping.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite type of pizza?

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re the winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 4:30 p.m. ET on April 20 and 5:00 p.m. ET on April 24. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $27.50. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

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Comments (2155)

  1. Allison posted 04/20/2012

    Grandma pie is my absolute favorite! Can't beat that thin crust, and I love the cheese under the sauce!

  2. JulianneRM posted 04/20/2012

    White clam pizza!!

  3. Maureen posted 04/20/2012

    Thin Crust made of cornmeal and it has a Margarita base to it with a bit of Canadian Bacon

  4. amy marantino posted 04/20/2012

    white pizza with broccoli

  5. sydney85 posted 04/20/2012

    I love white cheese and spinach.

  6. Vernon S posted 04/21/2012

    Zucchini and buffalo mozzarella

  7. Chelsea posted 04/21/2012

    Ham and Pineapple and White Pizza

  8. JoAnn posted 04/21/2012

    Pineapple is my go to topping, but also enjoy a simple Margarita pizza.

  9. Sand posted 04/21/2012

    Quattro Formaggi!

  10. Macbezz posted 04/21/2012

    Just a quick basil and pepperoni.

  11. Gary posted 04/21/2012

    Italian sausage!

  12. Kel posted 04/21/2012

    Mushrooms and roasted red peppers are my favorite!

  13. Brad posted 04/21/2012

    A simple pizza margarita!

  14. Maria posted 04/21/2012

    Italian sausage and grilled onions on fresh mozzarella of course!

  15. roopa posted 04/22/2012

    Neaopolitan style, classic Margherita.

  16. Chris posted 04/22/2012

    Pepperoni and fresh basil!

  17. anners812 posted 04/22/2012

    Depends on my mood. Sometimes I just want a simple pepperoni pizza, sometimes a bbq chicken, and other times I want it full of nothing but veggies.

  18. Donna Delbridge Cornish posted 04/22/2012

    Love fresh mozzarella or goat cheese with herbs, can't beat it!

  19. Patrick Moore posted 04/22/2012

    Homemade crust, white sauce with grilled chicken, garlic and artichoke hearts! Yum

  20. joyce posted 04/22/2012

    i love the cooking channel i love watching the shows , i would love to win this cookbook, my favorite pizza would be pepperoni, ham, sausage

  21. Lisa posted 04/22/2012

    Our favorite is pepperoni, hamburg & caramelized onion.

  22. wanderingglutton posted 04/22/2012

    Smoked mozzarella, shitake mushrooms and truffle oil.

  23. sarah lankford posted 04/22/2012

    arugula and prosciutto….very good also like ham and pineapple

  24. Patti posted 04/22/2012

    Asparagus, blue cheese, prosciutto

  25. Sarah posted 04/22/2012

    Artichokes, chicken, roasted red peppers & olives is really yummy, with a red sauce! In fact, we had it last night for dinner!

  26. masha posted 04/22/2012

    green chile and ricotta, or spinach and garlic… mmmmm

  27. Ginny Dearth posted 04/22/2012

    My favorite pizza is mushrooms green and red peppers but of course I enjoy all pizza.

  28. michael pugliese posted 04/22/2012

    p-i-double z-a!!!

  29. tram posted 04/22/2012

    I love to combine fruit and cheese on my pizza- drizzle with some honey.

  30. Karen posted 04/22/2012

    Margherita with mozzarella di bufala

  31. Lisa waldschmidt posted 04/22/2012

    Potato, rosemary, smoked Gouda

  32. Lisa posted 04/22/2012

    My family loves pizza, the last pizza we made was a flop : ( it all went towards the center.

  33. Susan Wilkins posted 04/22/2012

    Gott have canadian bacon or a good salty smoky ham. From there anything you add to it is icing. Spinach, mushrooms, black olives, artichoke hearts. mmmmm, now I'm hungry for breakfast pizza. :)

  34. Julie posted 04/22/2012

    My favorite pizza has basil pesto, canadian bacon, goat cheese, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts.

  35. Sandra posted 04/22/2012

    My favorite…veggie with lots of sauce!

  36. Mike Thorpe posted 04/22/2012

    my homemade bbq pork with pickles!

  37. Becky Batchelder Forbes posted 04/22/2012

    Cheese!

  38. Edward Allan Barclay posted 04/22/2012

    Roasted Red Onion, Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella

  39. Irene posted 04/22/2012

    Roast pear, walnut, Gorgonzola and Robiola

  40. jazzygirl0727 posted 04/22/2012

    i love my pizza layered with slices of fresh tomatoes over a little red sauce and topped with crispy bacon on my pizza.

  41. Donna posted 04/22/2012

    Fig and goat cheese with a honey drizzle – delish.

  42. Josh posted 04/22/2012

    My favorite is a chicken with white sauce, tomatoes, green onions, a little bacon, some artichokes…

  43. Raini Maddera Layne posted 04/22/2012

    crispy flatbread crust lightly dusted with sea salt, black pepper and herbs de provence then drizzled with olive oil and topped with lightly topped with asiago, romano and parmesan cheeses,

  44. Donna G posted 04/22/2012

    Love mediterranean inspired ingrediants, artichokes, olives, red peppers. Yum

  45. Laura posted 04/22/2012

    Thin crust Hawaiian.

  46. Michael Lamont posted 04/22/2012

    A classic Margarita…

  47. Brani posted 04/22/2012

    Any kind with a thin, crispy crust, and with ricotta and/or goat cheese as additions.

  48. LuAnn posted 04/22/2012

    So many choices. It depends on what I'm hungry for, but ANY type of pizza is good. One of my favorites has a white alfredo sauce, artichokes, carmelized onions, mushrooms and lots of mozzarella. My kids would call it the "white pizza." So good.

  49. Trish Marks posted 04/22/2012

    My favorite is Tones Garlic Pepper seasoning (underneath are tomatoes, pineapple, moz cheese)….amounts vary on the way the day goes….LOL

  50. Vicki posted 04/22/2012

    Prosciutto, mushrooms, & black olives.

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