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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 (2119)

  1. ChezSara posted 04/24/2012

    We made a duck confit pizza at home once using leftovers from a cooking class. Duck confit, caramelized onions, gruyere cheese (with a sprinkling of goat cheese too), olive oil, and very thinly sliced leeks. YUM

  2. Tessa posted 04/24/2012

    Yum…all the comments are making me hungry ^_^

  3. Kayla S. posted 04/24/2012

    I love feta cheese and olives on my pizza. so delicious. and i like a thinner crust but not as thin as a cracker.

  4. Dina posted 04/24/2012

    Spinach, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, green olives and feta with red sauce…love, love, love it!

  5. Mette posted 04/24/2012

    My favorite pizza is made of whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, parma or serrano ham, artichoe, fresh mozarella, sliced garlic, olives and after it baked, top it of with aragula Yummi :-)

  6. Lili posted 04/24/2012

    all different kinds of cheeses

  7. Kim posted 04/24/2012

    roasted eggplant, garlic and sauteed spinach. MMMMmmmmmm

  8. Marlene posted 04/24/2012

    Favorite pizza? Any pizza, but St. Louis style, works for me!

  9. Katie posted 04/24/2012

    Would love to win this cookbook. :-)

  10. mooneab posted 04/24/2012

    I'm just a sucker for super thin crust pizza, with roasted tomato sauce, a thin sprinkling of cheese, and some delicious red pepper flakes and freshly cracked black pepper.

  11. Charlene posted 04/24/2012

    sausage, mushroom, onion and green pepper.

  12. Sharon Hill posted 04/24/2012

    Love making pizza

  13. Susan G posted 04/24/2012

    Simple tastes here – I love pepperoni pizza.

  14. Jenny posted 04/24/2012

    I love arugula on pizza! Also if I’m making at home, I love to put spinach and turkey pepperoni.

  15. Brent posted 04/24/2012

    stick with the basic – just cheese.

  16. Tina Hazlitt posted 04/24/2012

    Homemade asparagus pesto with melted fontina on hot grilled pizza dough, yummy!!!!

  17. Angie posted 04/24/2012

    I love a traditional plain or pepperoni, but also love a goat cheese, fig preserves, prosciutto and arugula pizza.

  18. Andrea Marchand posted 04/24/2012

    Margarita, I love its simple elegance.

  19. Chris Pinkerton posted 04/24/2012

    I really love italian sausage and pineapple pizza, but i do want to try that bird's nest pie. i know where i can find quail eggs!

  20. Allie M posted 04/24/2012

    No doubt my favorite is Buffalo Chicken Pizza, with ranch as the "sauce". It is also good with regular pizza sauce but I definitely prefer using ranch to blue cheese. AND if it's with pizza sauce there needs to be ranch on the side to dip it in!

  21. AmandaS posted 04/25/2012

    Hot sausage and mushrooms!

  22. Carole posted 04/25/2012

    Prosciutto, soprassata,grilled shrimp carmelized onions,shitake mushrooms…yum

  23. Jenna posted 04/25/2012

    I love a good neopolitan style thin crust pizza with a bit of great sauce and fresh, salty mozzarella! There is none better!

  24. Marc posted 04/26/2012

    Love pizzas made on the grill

  25. aebortt posted 04/27/2012

    Bird's Nest Pie is mouthwatering. I love the simplicity of there being no sauce yet the ingredients combine to make one in your mouth. Sounds delicious!

  26. K Dunham posted 05/18/2012

    I've always loved meatballs on a pizza!

  27. Dave posted 07/20/2012

    I lika Salami and anchovies covered with mushrooms and olives

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