Ich schreibe diese rezession in deutsch, da ich finde, dass jeder Mensch, der des englischen auch nur einigermassen mächtig ist, glänzend mit diesem Buch zurecht kommt, also es auch für Fremdsprachige Köche sehr gut geeignet ist. Wer Cups und Spoons als Messeinheiten zu Hause hat kann hier kochen ohne Gefahr zu laufen, dass es nicht schmeckt. Aber von Anfang an: Als mein Mann dieses Buch anscghleppte, dachte ich so, 'herjeh, wer wird denn einer Fastfood kette nachkochen...' Dann probierten wir es auf sein Drängen irgendwann aus und siehe da, es schmeckte... Voraussetzung sind jede Menge gehackter Knoblauch (aber den gibts ja auch schon in deutschen Grosstädten oder beim Asiaten überall) und die Lust auf mediteran-asiatisches Essen. Für uns eine geile Mischung. Lange Rede - kurzer Sinn. Heute ist das Buch so zerpflückt, dass man keinerlei Bindung mehr erkennen kann, aber lesbar ists noch immer und DAS REICHT!!!!!
CPK brings a wide variety of international cuisines to the pizza crust. I was delighted when they came out with this cookbook, but was disappointed to find that my favorite item from the restaurant, the Oriental Chicken Salad, is not included in the cookbook. Well, they need to get me back into the restaurant once in a while. The recipes make extensive use of cilantro and garlic. Also note, that although the recipes are easy to make (as cited by the other reviewers), the first time you make the recipe it make take a long time. For example, the first time I made the Shrimp Scampi pizza (listed as Shrimp-Garlic in the book), it took me about 3 hours, not including the dough preparation time. This is because just making one ingredient, the roasted garlic, took about an hour. Since then I have learned which ingredients can be prepared in advance. The Shrimp Scampi Pizza with whole wheat crust is the best pizza that I have ever tasted, and that opinion has been shared by everyone who has tasted it. It is better than the restaurant's and worth the trouble. Another family favorite from this book is the broccolli with sun-dried tomatoes. Again, except for getting all that garlic peeled, this recipe has a minimum number of ingredients, is quick to make (30 minutes), is extremely tasty, and can feed a crowd. You feel really special when you get to have this for lunch the next day.
My sister gave me this book along with a Calphalon Pizza Pan and a Bread machine as a wedding gift. We use the bread machine to make our own pizza dough, use the pizza pan to cook the pizza in our own oven, and use the cookbook to make the most amazing and delicious pizzas to serve right in our own home! I use these recipes for entertaining all the time and they are really easy, absolutely yummy (even better than eating at the restaurant), and always get rave reviews from my guests! Thank you CPK for sharing these with us!
I was so excited to find that this cookbook existed that I bought it right away. I love making homemade pizzas. I use my bread machine to make the dough and a pizza stone & their crust recipe is WAY better than the one I was using. The Thai chicken Pizza is my favorite and it's not really that hard to make if you have all the ingredients. You won't be disappointed.
We eat at the California Pizza Kitchen Restaurants in S. CA and the Palm Dessert area. The recipes are complete, delicious and just like we order out... always have rave reviews from friends. Eclectic pizzas (and more) for people who like a surprisingly varied combination of falvors that are meant for each other.
I have given a ton of these books away along with pizza stones as wedding presents (with many thanks!). The pizzas are wonderful! Easy to use and find ingredients. I only wish I had a CPK near me so that I could try the real thing!
For those of you who don't know CPK, it is a chain of pizzarestaurants in the USA. (There may be some abroad, I don't know.) Theyproduce gourmet pizza including some very unusual recipes which taste remarkably good. If you're after something to impress a weekend casual dinner guest, or just fancy some adventurous cooking, this is the book for you. However, some of the ingredients can be fairly expensive or hard to find. This is not a book for your workday evening meal. No complaints about the recipes I've tried so far; They've all been very good. Picture-by-picture instructions on how to 'throw' a pizza provides a lot of fun. Make sure you have a very clean floor...or ceiling!