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Peter Reinhart: From Flower Child to Baking Legend

It’s not easy to picture Peter Reinhart, this month’s cover subject and author of the new book Perfect Pan Pizza, as a hippie, but I like to try anyway. As Reinhart explains in our cover story (“The Flavor Rule,” page 28), he discovered his love for dough, bread and baking … More

Melvin DeLacerda of Johnny’s Pizza House
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Johnny Huntsman: A Family Man with Two Families

Johnny Huntsman, the founder of West Monroe, Louisiana-headquartered Johnny’s Pizza House (JPH), was a family man with more than one family. When he passed away in 2017, he left behind his wife of 30 years, two daughters and a son, plus several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But his second family was … More

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Fredi Bello: The Richest Man in the World

I suspect that, to many who know him, Fredi the Pizzaman, this month’s cover subject, is also Fredi the Everyman, one of the “little guys” of the industry—his lunch-only restaurant has just five tables—who looms tall because of his personal integrity and his passion for his work. In our … More

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2019: Already a Year to Remember

It has been a while since my noble visage shone gloriously from this page, but let’s be honest: You probably didn’t even notice I was gone. You didn’t miss me one bit, did you? True, my sabbatical was fairly brief, but a lot happened in my absence. Someone started … More

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December 2018: The 2019 Pizza Power Report and more!

Happy December, pizza nation! Addressing our readers as “pizza nation” has become a “thing” with me, and I thought I would delve into that further. Oxford Dictionaries defines “nation” as “a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory.” … More

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Chicago is my kind of town

My first visit to Chicago was in 1992, when I was a graduate student at Northern Illinois University. Three of my friends and I packed up the car and made the one-hour trek into the city to hear a performance by the Chicago Symphony. I fell in love with … More

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Pizza Marketing and the Culture of Outrage

Making people laugh is a tricky business. It can even be risky, as any class smart-aleck who cracked the wrong joke about the wrong kid in elementary school will tell you. I should know—I was that class smart-aleck. Not so much a clown, just a smart-aleck. Clowns can get … More

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Using Crazy News Headlines to Your Advantage

We're all exposed to hundreds of news stories everyday, whether through the TV, radio or social media. There are usually a couple crazy stories that stand out–and often stick around. One great example as of late has been the Tide Pod Challenge. Somehow, teens got it in their heads that … More