California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook

New from the beloved California Pizza Kitchen —a family-friendly cookbook with recipes kids and parents can make and enjoy together!

California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook

By Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield

Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of California Pizza Kitchen


California Pizza Kitchen has been a hit with families ever since the first restaurant opened back in 1985. Adults love CPK’s signature pizzas, which pair unique favorite flavor combinations like Mango Tandoori Chicken and Pear and Gorgonzola. Children love the CPKids menu, which features kid-friendly pizzas like Honey Chicken Pizza and pastas. And the whole family can enjoy CPK’s zesty appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, specialty entrées, and desserts.

Now, in the CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN FAMILY COOKBOOK (Wiley Hardcover; $19.95) co-founders and co-CEOs Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield show families how to prepare pizzas, kids’ favorites, and other CPK specialties from the comfort of their own kitchens.

These crowd-pleasing recipes bring the CPK experience home, and are perfect for relaxed family meals and special celebrations alike. Best of all, each of the nearly fifty recipes is simple to prepare, which means the whole family can have fun helping out in the kitchen.

Kids will love the “CPKids Pizza Party” recipes, including a Create-Your-Own Pizza that provides both the meal and the entertainment for a kids’ party. Fans of CPK’s signature pies will find recipes for standouts like the hot, sweet and tangy Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza and Greek Pizza, a “salad pizza” favorite complete with a delicious Tzatziki sauce drizzled on top. Also included are special holiday-themed pizzas, like the Fourth of July Pizza (a rectangular pie resembling Old Glory) and the Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Pizza (pumpkin pie on a pizza crust) that are perfect for parties. A chapter on “Dessert Pizzas” will appeal to the sweet tooth in everyone with recipes like S’mores Pizza and Warm Apple Pie Pizza. To top it all off, there are recipes for a whole range of other CPK family favorites, from Curly Mac & Cheese to Honey-Dijon Chicken and Bacon Panini.

And because great pizza starts with great dough, recipes for three varieties are included—Traditional, Honey-Wheat, and thin-crust Neapolitan—along with step-by-step instructions and photographs on how to roll, stretch, and shape dough like a pro.

Illustrated throughout with 50 inspiring color photographs by Lucy Schaeffer, the CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN FAMILY COOKBOOK will help the whole family get creative in the kitchen—and serve up tasty pizzas and other favorite dishes that everyone loves to eat.


*** California Pizza Kitchen will donate 100% of the proceeds from this book to children’s charities ***




Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield, co-founders and co-CEOs of California Pizza Kitchen, were friends and law partners before trading in the courtroom for the dining room. They practiced as Flax & Rosenfield from 1973 until they opened the first CPK in Beverly Hills in 1985. Today, the chain has grown to more than 230 restaurants in thirty states and nine countries, including twenty-five CPK ASAP quick-service locations. Larry and Rick are also the authors of the California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook and California Pizza Kitchen Pasta, Salads, Soups, and Sides. Visit the CPK web site at



For more information about the California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook or to schedule an interview with the authors, please contact David Greenberg at Wiley at 201-748-6625 or by email at