“Oh, I know this is the right way to do it. But I don’t have time for that.” Yes, that is an actual quote. It wasn’t said about pizza, but it might as well have been. Pizza is so simple, yet for some people that seems impossible. They want to make pizza defy the rules of time, space and biology.
It’s OK to not want to make pizza. But it’s not OK to have a desire to do it while maintaining a hatred for giving nature the time required to do the job well. Do the job badly, and why would you ever want to do it again. Have you ever made something in the kitchen and thought, “That’s disappointing. Let’s do it again tomorrow!”
I was just on Amazon reading a user review of a critically acclaimed pizza book. The review said something to the effect of, “I’m a beginner. I don’t want to wait three days for my pizza dough to be ready.”
What does that even mean? If one were trying to make beer, it’s impossible to get away with saying, “I’m a beginner. I don’t want to wait 4 to 6 weeks for my beer to be ready.”
If you refuse to wait 4 to 6 weeks, you don’t get beer. You get an unpleasant tea made from various grains that has no carbonation and little to no alcohol. Imagine the party!
I’ve been trained by the instant-gratification culture as much as anyone. I also know that the joy of biting into a crunchy, cheesy, tomatoey from my home oven still brings a moment of magic like no other. And the magic comes from very simple preparation, process and patience.
I’m willing to plan ahead a couple of days. I’m willing to make dough and sauce that can go into the freezer. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and the end result still makes it worthwhile every time. Every time a guest in my home takes a bite and rolls their eyes and utters a tiny prayer to the heavenly father of pizza, it’s worth it. Pizza is a shared joy unmatched, and it just isn’t that tough to accomplish.
Pizza is joyful and joyous. It has an effect on friends unlike anything else one can do with one’s clothes on. Taking a little time to do it right lets you do it well. And becoming good at it can happen even the first time you try.
You really do get to experience a moment of “I’m tasting stars!” like the blind monk who accidentally invented champagne--except there is nothing accidental about making a good pizza. It is an intentional joy, a skill developed quickly if you bring purpose.
Saying, “I’m a beginner, and I don’t have the time for or interest in doing it this way” is taking the fork in the road to failure. Why choose that? Where’s the fun in denying a chance of success?
Choose the fun. Choose the patience. Choose the pizza.
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Blaine Parker (AKA The Pizza Geek) is fanatical about the idea that true, professional-quality pizza can be made at home. His home. Your home. Anyone's home. After two decades of honing his craft and making pizza in standard consumer ovens across the nation, he's sharing what he's learned with home cooks who want to pizza. Blaine is also the author of the new, unusual and amusing how-to pizza book, Free The Pizza!
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