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About the Author

J. Kenji López-Alt is the managing culinary director of SeriousEats.com, author of the column The Food Lab, and a columnist for Cooking Light. His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, was published in 2015. (Bowker Author Biography)

Works by J. Kenji López-Alt

The Wok: Recipes and Techniques (2022) — Author — 235 copies
Every Night Is Pizza Night (2020) 89 copies
The Best American Food Writing 2020 (2020) — Editor; Introduction — 69 copies

Associated Works

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts (2017) — Foreword — 310 copies
Best Food Writing 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 101 copies
Best Food Writing 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 53 copies
Best Food Writing 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 51 copies
Best Food Writing 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 38 copies
Best Food Writing 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 31 copies


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Oh my goodness! This book is positively delightful! As a woman married to an engineer (who always wants more data), I couldn't relate to a book more. What is really the best food? Is it pizza? Others say no....but how can they be wrong?

I love all of the introductions to food and cultures: dumplings, pozole, red beans and rice, bee-bim-bop. This book encourages children to get out there and try new foods! It is fantastic in that way. BIG time. And in the end, the discovery that is FAMILY that often makes our favorite food the best food. Memories attached to food. All of it plays a part.… (more)
msgabbythelibrarian | 4 other reviews | Jun 11, 2023 |
Recommended by Jake and Cara

An ebullient, pizza-loving little kid realizes that while pizza is the best, there are actually lots of bests, and it's important to try them all...for science! A lovely introduction to a variety of different foods.

See also: Pizza: A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli, World Pizza by Cece Meng, Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed
JennyArch | 4 other reviews | May 23, 2023 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
fernandie | 4 other reviews | Sep 15, 2022 |
Pipo is convinced that pizza is the best food EVER! After asking many people what their favorite foods are, she starts to try other foods. Pipo becomes a food scientist and collects data about favorite foods from the neighbors. She realizes that just because she thinks pizza is the best, doesn't mean all other foods are bad. The end of the book has recipes for pizza dough.
MeghanTrueman | 4 other reviews | Jul 22, 2022 |



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