No pie in the sky: Portland pizza is best in U.S., Nathan Myhrvold says in latest epic cookbook

(Nathan Myhrvold Picture / The Cooking Lab)

If you happen to assume New York is a slam dunk as the perfect pizza metropolis within the U.S., effectively, fuggedaboutit!

In accordance with Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya, co-authors of the upcoming “Modernist Pizza,” Portland, Ore., is placing out the perfect pizzas. Bloomberg reported this week that the authors got here to that conclusion after consuming virtually 400 pies from coast to coast.

“We had an inkling it could be good,” Myhrvold advised Bloomberg, “however we have been shocked at how good it was.”

The previous Microsoft chief know-how officer, who went on to discovered Mental Ventures, isn’t any stranger to creating a literary splash round culinary subjects, having beforehand launched the epic “Modernist Delicacies” and “Modernist Bread” cookbooks from his Bellevue, Wash., dwelling base.

Nathan Myhrvold, left, and Francisco Migoya. (The Cooking Lab Picture)

“Modernist Pizza” continues the custom as a three-volume, 1,700-page “definitive information to one of many world’s hottest meals” based mostly on years of journey and analysis.

The authors visited 250 pizzerias all over the world, and greater than a dozen cities across the U.S. in quest of nice pizza. In accordance with Bloomberg, moreover Portland, they went to Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis, Outdated Forge, Pa., New Haven, Conn., Jersey Metropolis, N.J., a number of boroughs of New York Metropolis, Chicago, Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois, and Phoenix.

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The very best pizza in Portland — and one of many two high pizza locations within the U.S. — is Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, in accordance with the authors. A large assortment of “ultra-seasonal, ultra-local” toppings get a shout out, corresponding to nectarines, melted leeks, housemade sausage and extra.

Proprietor Sarah Minnick said in an Instagram post that she was extremely happy with Portland pizza “as we speak and on a regular basis” and grateful for the popularity.

“Modernist Pizza” explores the meals from each angle, in accordance with a information launch, from its origins in Italy, to the evolution of native pizza kinds, to gear, strategies, substances and extra. There are 1,000 new recipes developed for the e-book, examined to make sure they could possibly be made by pizza makers of all talent leves.

Myhrvold, a physicist, mathematician, inventor and photographer, additionally provides up scientific findings, in fact, corresponding to why pepperoni curls.

“Modernist Pizza” can be out Oct. 5, however is available for pre-order at quite a lot of retailers.