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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 (2112)

  1. Imma posted 04/22/2012

    My absolutely favorite topping is caramelized onion with balsamic vinegar ,gorgonzola cheese and grilled radicchio! yummy!

  2. John posted 04/22/2012

    Current favorite pizza is a thin crust margherita pizza.

  3. Lee Mathis posted 04/22/2012

    Pepperoni, Grilled Onions and Roasted Garlic

  4. Christopher posted 04/22/2012

    Neapolitan with breaded and fried eggplant and ricotta!

  5. Rashmi posted 04/22/2012

    My favorite pizza topping is extra cheese! Thanks for the chance.

  6. sdaniel posted 04/22/2012

    Lemon Pepper Chicken and veggies with white sauce.

  7. Katie posted 04/22/2012

    I love a four cheese white pizza with garlic, marinated tomatoes, and basil.

  8. Alejandro posted 04/22/2012

    I'm a apprentice pizzaiolo and would love to learn more about pizza my favorite dish in the whole world!! Finddro@yahoo.com thanks for the opportunity!

  9. daddyadjustment posted 04/22/2012

    Simple red sauce, lite fresh whole milk mozzarella. crunchy turkey bacon crumbled with lite pepperoni. lite sprinkle of gratted pecorino cheese.,I love pizza! I want this book.

  10. Dro posted 04/22/2012

    Basil. Pesto and pine nuts with shaved pecorino Romano cheese!!!

  11. Gini posted 04/22/2012

    Neapolitan style crust, white pizza with prosciutto and arugula. Yum!

  12. judy posted 04/22/2012

    Broccoli Rabe and garlic!

  13. Ian Moody posted 04/22/2012

    has to ham and bacon because everything is better with bacon

  14. Kathi posted 04/22/2012

    I love the classic, a perfect mozzarella cheese with tomato sauce…a little fresh basil and some parm when it comes out of the oven.

  15. Karlene posted 04/22/2012

    I have no favorite pizza!! There is no bad pizza!! I love all things pizza!! I do love loads of mozzarella on top though.

  16. Marcy posted 04/22/2012

    Thin crust with crumbled sausage and mushrooms…but also Margherita pizza!

  17. Miriam posted 04/22/2012

    Caramelized onions, anchovies and black olives! I just had a slice for lunch ;)

  18. lynn franklin posted 04/22/2012

    Mushroom and hot peppers with anchovy

  19. Cat posted 04/22/2012

    I love to make a good (non-traditional) Pizza Carbonara! The combination of chicken, prosciutto, Gruyere cheese, peas (or asparagus), and a light cream sauce with some basil and parsley, mmmm tasty!

  20. Melissa posted 04/22/2012

    Mushrooms and fresh mozzarella. Simple but oh so delicious!

  21. amy mayer posted 04/22/2012

    panfried mushrooms, fresh mozzerella, carmelized onion, fresh basil…….ok–gotta go–getting hungry (hahaha)

  22. Marla posted 04/22/2012

    arugula and prosciutto…always have to try it if i see it on a menu!

  23. Steve posted 04/22/2012

    Buffalo chicken……also like hot peppers.

  24. heyitsmadiiiii posted 04/22/2012

    I love hand-tossed crust, with red sauce, Philadelphia cream cheese and basil. (Too bad I don't have an 'email' field for my comment)

  25. fortfied posted 04/22/2012

    Mushrooms, artichokes, olive oil – perfect!

  26. Will posted 04/22/2012

    Buffalo Chicken PIzza

  27. bonnie caffey posted 04/22/2012

    crushed pineapple ,canadian bacon or alfredo with grilled chicken breast and sliced mushroomsand red onions

  28. Jason posted 04/23/2012

    Pepperoni and black olives. Might have to order a pizza now!

  29. Cherie posted 04/23/2012

    I love any kind of pizza…but it should have mushrooms and cheesy cheese!

  30. scribbler00 posted 04/23/2012

    spinach & feta!

  31. Robin posted 04/23/2012

    Sausage,blk olive,mushooom, and toasted pine nuts

  32. SamSpeaking posted 04/23/2012

    My favorite is lasagna pizza… Whole wheat crust, spicy sauce (tomato, basil, peppers, and mushroom), red onions, ground turkey italian sausage, fresh spinach leaves, and big dollops of ricotta cheese with a sprinkle of parmesan over everything.

  33. justme posted 04/23/2012

    Whenever we're out, I always search for a Greek-inspired pizza. At home, we do basil pesto as a base, sprinkling on finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped artichoke hearts, chopped kalamatas, crumbled feta, oregano, and shrimp (if we have any). Finish it off with crushed red pepper, a little grated parm, some lemon zest and a drizzle of olive oil. Really loved Lahey's first book and actually use his method for pizza dough for all of our pizzas now. His pizza funghi from that first book is a huge winner with my family. Thanks for the opportunity to win his second book. It looks amazing!

  34. David posted 04/23/2012

    old school; give me that thin crust meat lovers, nice fresh tomato base topped with lots of cheese. can't beat it!

  35. Lisa posted 04/23/2012

    Flat bread with merlot jam, brie cheese and prosciutto. Yummmm!!

  36. Joann posted 04/23/2012

    Potato, fontina, carmalized onions, and rosemary! AMAZING!

  37. Rochelle posted 04/23/2012

    I have been influenced by Japanese cooking (primarily okanomiyaki) to put sauces and dressings decoratively on stop of a pizza, salads, and main dishes. I hope to avoid the over sauced pizza crust by doing this. I can think of a lot of Japanese and Mediterranean sauces that would be wonderful.

  38. Cheryl posted 04/23/2012

    Pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, green peppers & onion.

  39. Marissa Mireur posted 04/23/2012

    Grilled chicken, caramelized onions, Gorgonzola, pine nuts and lots of crushed red pepper!!

  40. Holly posted 04/23/2012

    Bacon and mushroom with a thin crisp crust

  41. jpschlep posted 04/24/2012

    goat cheese and blackberries

  42. jrobrien69 posted 04/24/2012

    Thin crust, garlic olive oil, shaved shallots, roasted rapini, red peppers, and hot Italian sausage.

  43. Anna posted 04/24/2012

    Any white pizza

  44. Nicole W. posted 04/24/2012

    My favorite kind of pizza is BBQ chicken – it's my weakness!

  45. Taylor posted 04/24/2012

    Brussel sprouts and pancetta !

  46. SauceGlasses posted 04/24/2012

    Ham and peas sounds good!

  47. Caitlin posted 04/24/2012

    Anything with a ton of vegetables on it.

  48. Barbara posted 04/24/2012

    I love Chicken and bacon pizza with homeade BBQ sauce…….. YUMMY

  49. Jo-Anne posted 04/24/2012

    Thick crust, ham, bacon, mushroom, fresh tomatoes, cheddar, feta and mushroom.

  50. Amanda G. Joyner posted 04/24/2012

    We just foraged some morels, asparagus, and wild garlic. I would love to make something with them on a pizza…maybe just olive oil and slabs of parm!

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