Homemade Pizza School

Updated: September 9, 2023

Reading Time: 6 Minutes

10 Great Books About Pizza for the Home Chef

There are many great books about pizza, from cookbooks specializing in doughs to recipes for different sauces to fun illustrated pizza tours of Italy. We know there are great podcasts about pizza and Facebook groups about pizza, but books about pizza are still cool, too.

We love to read about food and culture and learn some great new ways to make my favorite food, pizza. Here is a list of our favorite books about pizza.

The Absolute Best Homemade Pizza Books

With all the wonderful books out there on pizza and how to make it better at home, we have no need to write our own. Yet. Maybe in a few years when we retire and enjoy all our free time slinging pies in our backyard DIY brick pizza oven. We can dream, right? Anyways, any or all of these would make excellent pizza gifts as well.

books about pizza real pizza

Real Pizza: Secrets of the Neapolitan Tradition

by Enzo De Angelis, Antonio Sorrentino – 2017

Do you love Neapolitan pizza? The simplicity and tradition of Neapolitan pizza are the focus of this book. The book showcases the skills, tricks, and techniques of eleven famous Neapolitan pizza makers.

The book has 40 different recipes for amazing pizzas like the unique Pizza Pear with smoked mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese combined with thinly sliced sweet pear, and salty pork. The book is more than just tips and recipes.

The authors take you to Napoli and talk with chefs and families. There are anecdotes and stories about the native Italian sub-culture. It’s a wonderful read!

books about pizza bianco

Bianco: Pizza, Pasta, and Other Food I Like

by Chris Bianco – 2017

Chris Bianco is one of the most famous pizzaiolos in the U.S. His amazing pizzeria Bianco is located in Phoenix. But if you are far from Phoenix, you can still try his recipes. This book has pizza recipes and other Italian specialties.

Chris has his own line of canned tomatoes, and there is a lot of sauce talk in the book. So if you are looking to perfect your sauce, check it out.

books about pizza pizzapedia

Pizzapedia: An Illustrated Guide to Everyone’s Favorite Food Hardcover

by Dan Bransfield – 2018

Learn more about the history of the humble pizza pie. This unique illustrated guide to everything pizza is a great coffee table book or even a great gift for pizza lovers.

I guarantee that you will learn something new. The artistic take on the history of all things pizza is worth a look.

homemade pizza books the united states of pizza

The United States of Pizza: America’s Favorite Pizzas, From Thin Crust to Deep Dish, Sourdough to Gluten-Free

by Craig Priebe, Dianne Jacob – 2015

The author and chef take you on a tour of American pizzerias. This is one of the great books about pizza. The author explores the different regional takes on pizza from every corner of the great United States of America, including St. Louis and New Haven apizza in Connecticut. He even addresses gluten-free pizza dough.

In the U.S. traditional food is often chucked out the window in favor of regional specialties and the creative individuality that makes American great. He shares his finds, and a few interesting ones are Seattle’s white bean puree, asparagus, and Parmesan pizza. And the New Orleans inspired Louisiana pie made with crawfish étouffé. God bless American ingenuity.

books about pizza pilgrims

Pizza: History, Recipes, Stories, People, Places, Love

by Thom and James Elliot – 2020

This book is different from the other books about pizza as it takes the reader on an international journey to examine the cult of pizza all over the world.  The book looks at everything pizza.

The authors, The Pizza Pilgrims, Thom, and James Elliot, travel around the world looking at everything pizza. There are some recipes, pizza history, wild stories, and maps of global pizza cities. If you love to travel and try pizza wherever you go, check out this book.

best pizza books flour water salt yeast

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza

by Ken Forkish – 2012

This book is an in depth look, by the well-known baker Ken Forkish from Portland, at how to make pizza dough and just bread in general. He gets down to the nuts and bolts of everything dough.

He takes a well-educated yet straightforward look at how to make dough. Whether you are an experienced baker or just getting started on your homemade dough journey, this is a great guide to have. He might be fundamentally against using a food processor for pizza dough, though.

books about pizza the pizza bible

The Pizza Bible: The World’s Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and More

by Tony Gemignani – 2014

There is a reason the title is The Pizza Bible. It has all the gospel and the truth about pizza making. This book is considered the quintessential of all the books about pizza.

The author, the famous pizzaiolo, shares all of his knowledge about pizza. He covers everything you need to know to make the best pizza. Whether you like Chicago deep dish, California-style pizza, infamous Detroit style pizza, or the controversial St. Louis pizza, he has all the info to help you make your favorite style of pizza. He even writes about one of our personal favorites, calzones!

best pizza books homemade pizza cookbook

Homemade Pizza Cookbook: The Best Recipes and Secrets to Master the Art of Italian Pizza Making

by Owen Conti – 2021

This step-by-step guide provides detailed instruction to learn all of the key components of how to make healthy homemade pizza.

Not only does the author cover sauces, dough, toppings combos, but he also explains the difference between ovens and how to make the best pizza for your type of oven. 

books about pizza authentic italian pizza cookbook

Authentic Italian Pizza: How to Make a Genuine Homemade Italian Pizza, Focaccia, and Sheet Pan Pizza

by Tommaso Sorrentino – 2020

Okay, numbers 9 and 10 on the list are technically two different books about pizza by the same author. The first is an overview of how to make the different styles of pizza. The author has over 35 years of experience as a chef and pizzaiolo, but he is also a bit scientist.

He covers flavor profiles and the science and chemistry of making the best pizza. He explains how to use both poolish and biga. He describes the chemistry behind fermentation and how to use sourdough properly. Also looks into focaccia. He explains which yeast is best for digestion. He has written an expert guide on everything dough.

Authentic Italian Pizza – The Cookbook: 43 step-by-step pizza dough recipes for homemade pizza from scratch! + 90 gourmet toppings for every craving

by Tommaso Sorrentino – 2020

His first book is pizza theory, chemistry, and science. His second book covers the different types of yeast and fermentation times to make the right flavor, which flavors complement which toppings, and how to get a thin, crispy or tasty, chewy dough.

The book has colorful pictures and so much information. Both books complement the information in the other. You can’t just read one, get both books and learn from this mad scientist pizza guru.

These are ten books about pizza that are excellent resources for recipes, sauces, toppings, and some fun history. They are all written by knowledgeable chefs and pizzaiolos that really know their stuff.

Have you read any of these? Did I miss any of your favorites?

One of our Favorites

Detroit Style Pizza is sweeping the world. This is a definitive guide for making the most delicious and flavorful pizza you have ever tasted. In this book, I provide you with the secrets to behind amazing crust, cheese, sauce, toppings, signature combinations and key recipes used in our restaurant, Loui Loui’s Authentic Detroit Style Pizza. Inside you’ll find information about so much more than square pizza, including page after page of color photos, commentary, anecdotes and how-to directions.

Share With Other Pizza Lovers:

Talia di Napoli

Buy authentic Neapolitan Pizzas and pizza toppings like prosciutto or salami delivered straight to your door from Italy. With their sustainable initiatives, all orders are completely carbon negative so no need to worry about environmental concerns. We highly recommend ordering from Talia di Napoli!

Related Pizza Posts

making traditional Polish Zapiekanki

Zapiekanki Polish Pizza: Discover the Taste and Master the Recipe at Home

how to clean pizza cutters

How to Clean Pizza Cutters: Our Easy & Effective Methods

pizza scented candle best pizza themed gifts

Best Pizza Themed Gifts: The Ultimate Guide for 2023

best pizza oven gloves to use with your pizza oven

The Very Best Pizza Oven Gloves

two glasses of beer in front of a keg discussing the difference brewers yeast makes in homemade pizza

The Difference Brewer’s Yeast Makes in Homemade Pizza

classic italian pizzas with a slice in front of the leaning tower of pisa

How to Make Classic Italian Pizzas

Related Pizza Categories


DK & Eliana

DK & Eliana

Thanks for reading about our homemade pizza journey! We're a young married couple who started making pizza at home on our wedding night and haven't looked back yet. We've learned over countless attempts of trial and error how to make the perfect pizza sauce, pizza dough, and exactly which pizza accessories to buy for your home setup...

FYI When you make a purchase or, sometimes, carry out some other action as direct result of clicking on a link at Homemade Pizza School, we will receive a small commission. Gratzie!

Recent Pizza Posts

Upgrade your home/kitchen’s homemade pizza setup with authentic commercial pizzeria-style pizza dough proofing boxes. They hold all the dough you need for an awesome pizza night prep with friends and family. Size is 17.25 x 13 x 3.54 inches and fit perfectly in our home fridge…

Our Pizza Favorites:

These cup & char pepperoni cups from Battistoni brand are by far our top seller here on the blog. They’re the single best topping we use on our own homemade pizzas (as we almost always use pepperoni) and probably order them monthly, at least. Want those lovely charred pep cups? Buy Battistoni.

By a large margin, this is the most affordable, albeit tiny, pizza “oven” on the market today. Sold at Uncommon Goods, this personal-sized pizza maker is perfect for children or picky eaters who only want their specific toppings. Note: only works with charcoal grills. Try it today!