Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day is out TODAY, check out our Video and an Invitation!

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Today Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day is finally available in stores. That sound you hear is me clinking a glass of bubbly. Please join us on our book tour, which starts TODAY at noon in the Har Mar Barnes & Noble. To find details and dates in your city click on the Events page.

Jeff and I wrote this book because we love pizza. So, when it came to making a video about the process, it had to reflect what a riot we have creating these recipes. You basically can’t bake a pizza without creating a party, whether it is for a night in front of a movie or a big gathering of friends in the back yard. Pick the crust and toppings to suit your mood and within minutes you have pizza, lots and lots of fresh pizza. In fact, we invite you all to join us for a #PizzaPartyin5 on November 15th, see below for more details.

We knew instantly who could capture the heart and soul of this project; Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple. Their work is visually stunning and they have such a joy about them, which is captured in their images. When they said they would do this video with us, I danced around my kitchen, I haven’t stopped yet. We hope you enjoy watching the video just as much as we did making it.

Here are some more images captured the day of the video shoot. All the pictures in this post were created by Todd Porter and Diane Cu and used with their permission. Thanks you two, they are all gorgeous.

In the book we teach you how to toss a pizza high in the air, just like Ole did, which impresses your guests, but also creates a beautifully round and thin crust.

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Having a pizza party is a great way to get everyone involved. Stephanie Meyer and Michelle Gayer laughed their way through the creation of about 6 pizzas.

Gather your toppings, cork a bottle of wine, mix up some dough, invite your friends and neighbors over and have a Pizza Party in 5! We invite you to do just that on November 15th. We are having another party, but this one is going to be on the web. Pick your favorite recipe in APin5, bake it, then post it on Twitter using #PizzaPartyin5. We will gather all the pizzas on Twitter and share your creations with our readers. Bloggers we invite you to post your creations on your websites and let us know about it on Twitter, so we can send people to look at your #PizzaPartyin5 posts. Join the party and have fun. My two sons, 10 and 12, will be baking for this one. For more information on this online party visit

With a couple of buckets of dough, a buffet of toppings and Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day on hand we made over a dozen pizzas. My oven was busy and so was the grill, it was a truly magical day.

The video cast:

Thank you to Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple, for bringing to life what Jeff and I feel about this book. We love what we do and you captured it all in 3 minutes of pure joy. Cheers! A huge thanks to our wonderful friends who baked this feast of pizzas: Michelle Gayer (The Salty Tart), Stephanie Meyer (, Ole and Shaina Olmanson ( and Laurie Jesch-Kulseth ( You guys rock!

Their true colors shining through.

We also want to thank the fantastic folks at Red Star YeastKing Arthur FlourEmile Henry and St. Martin’s Press for helping us make this video exactly what we were hoping for. It really does take a village to raise a great video. AND, Jeff and I are teaming up with these generous folks to do an Amazing Giveaway on, to celebrate the books arrival. We are giving away a pizza making package with: Red Star Yeast, King Arthur Flour, Emile Henry Pizza Stone and a signed copy of Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day. Visit www.PizzaIn5 for more details on the Giveaway during the week of 10/25/11 only.

Last, but certainly not least, here are the 3 winners of last weeks Emile Henry Pie Plate Giveaway: Jess W., Rose and Ellen. Congratulations to you all, enjoy the pie you bake in your new Emile Henry 12-Inch Pie Dish.

Okay, I think I covered everything and now I hit the road for the next couple of weeks. Hope to see you along the way.