If you have invested in a wood-fired oven, you will want a few books on how to use the oven plus some hands-on, easy to follow wood-fired pizza oven recipes.
I have found five beautiful cookbooks that not only show you how to start a fire and heating up the oven but also include mouthwatering recipes.
I don’t know about you, but I love cookbooks. I have got a huge selection of well-used guides on cooking, baking, and roasting. Even though you will find all the recipes online nowadays, it can’t compare with holding a real book in your hands and flicking through the pages.
My frequently used cookbooks are easily recognizable by the number of stains and ripped pages. 🙂 I love getting inspired by various cooking styles.
I am introducing these books to you in no particular order.
Let’s get started.
Best Pizza Cookbooks For The Wood-Fired Oven
The Art Of Wood-Fired Cooking
The authors of this book are Andrea Mugnaini and John Thess.
Andrea is an Italian cook, teacher, and entrepreneur who has over 20 years of experience of cooking with wood-fired ovens.
She was the founder of the first cooking school dedicated to wood-fired cooking. Her vision was to introduce this particular kind of cooking to America and has been hugely successful with it.
Her beautiful book “The Art Of Wood-Fired Cooking” not only provides detailed instructions on the ins and outs of wood-burning ovens.
It also features a wide variety of recipes including pizza, bread, fish, poultry, meats, vegetables, pasta, and dessert.
I love the sound of ‘Focaccia with Onions and Thyme’ and ‘Tuscan Style Pot Roast with Herbs and Chianti.’
From The Wood-Fired Oven: New and Traditional Techniques for Cooking and Baking with Fire
Richard Miscovich wrote this comprehensive guide to cooking in the wood-fired oven. He explains in detail how a wood-fired oven works and how you can take maximum advantage of the oven.
Richard wants the reader to utilize the maximum heat. He has listed methods and techniques of cooking and baking in the order of the appropriate temperature window.
I find his approach excellent because you really want to use the oven as much as you can. In my experience, most people are puzzled about what to cook first, second and so on.
With this book there is no more guessing on what comes first Pizza Or Roast; Roasted Vegetables or Pasta.
Besides an extensive section of bread recipes, you will find chapters like
- Making pizza and flatbread
- Roasting fish and meats
- Grilling, steaming, frying
- Baking pastry and other recipes beyond bread
- Other ways how to use the oven’s residual heat.
“From The Wood-Fired Oven” shows easy to understand step-by-step directions. By the way, the recipes are also suitable for the conventional oven.
Overall, the book offers 352 pages packed with valuable information and great recipes. It’s like attending a full workshop on the wood-fired oven (recipes).
The Essential Wood-Fired Pizza Cookbook
The author of this book is Anthony Tassinello who has been a chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley California for the last two decades.
This beautiful cookbook features 85 recipes and besides a great pizza chapter showcases the versatility of wood-fired cooking.
Anthony covers different types of pizza doughs from basic, gluten-free to the wheat dough. Choose from meat pizza, poultry and seafood pizza, vegetable pizza, calzone, and sweet pies.
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Get inspired by ten different pizza sauces and plan your next pizza family night. The pictures are beautiful and make you want to start cooking straight away.
The Essential Wood-Fired Pizza Cookbook also covers the various types of wood-fired ovens, how to build a fire and explores a variety of cooking techniques.
Anthony recommends tools you will need when operating a pizza oven.
But I have to say I disagree with his recommendation of a wheeled pizza cutter. In my opinion, there are better options available. You can read more about recommended pizza cutters here.
Overall, this is a beautiful book with gorgeous recipes. Highly recommended!
This gorgeous pizza cookbook has been written by the award-winning chef Marc Vetri.
His passion his making the best pizza possible and his quest, he has been visiting Italy frequently and also worked under world-renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck, he has mastered the art of making pizza no matter what kind of equipment he has.
And that is exactly what makes this superb pizza cookbook so unique.
It features different base doughs for various cooking options; whether you are going to cook the pie in a wood-fired oven, in a kamado-style grill, in a home oven, cast iron pan, and even frying it in a pan.
The book includes also how to fire your wood-fired oven to make the best use of it.
The step-by-step photos display the whole process of how to make pizza from scratch to the mouth-watering end result.
Therefore, even beginners can easily follow the recipes and ultimately will impress family and friends alike.
And as Marc Vetri states “Everyone loves Pizza.’ I couldn’t agree more!
We all love to fire up our grill in the summertime and gather family and friends to have a delicious meal together.
Even better, what if you could use your grill to cook up a storm, delivering a crunchy pie with your favorite toppings?
Well, ‘Pizza on the grill’ delivers exactly that: clear instructions on how to cook pizza on a
- gas grill
- charcoal grill
- the oven only
- a grill and oven combo
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This cookbook offers more than 100 recipes from gluten-free pizza to ‘normal’ pizza dough, a great variety of meatless pizzas, of course, meaty and seafood pizza as well as dessert pizzas.
To make the book complete, the authors added nibbles and salad recipe ideas too.
The dishes are beautifully photographed and will want you firing up your grill straight away.
Wrapping It Up
Five beautiful books all dedicated to cooking in a wood-fired pizza oven and one that helps you to use your grill to make a delicious pie.
I honestly can’t pick my favorite. These pizza cookbooks are not only full of mouthwatering, easy to follow recipes but also loaded with helpful tips on how to operate your very own pizza oven.
It is an art and the journey in mastering the oven is delightful.
Make your wood-fired oven the hub of family gatherings and enjoy great food and great company.
I do love that these books cover the basics of how to heat your oven, explain the different types of pizza ovens but also go beyond the usual pizza baking.
Use these books as an inspiration and create your own homemade signature dishes. Your family will love you for it.
If you own a wood-fired pizza oven or planning on buying one than these pizza cookbooks are must-haves.
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