Pizza Party

Our new PizzaPartyin5 Video & an Invitation to Party!!

Jeff and I wrote Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day because we love pizza. So, when it came to making a video about the process, it had to reflect what a riot we have together creating these recipes. You basically can’t bake a pizza without creating a party, whether it is for a night in front of a movie or a big gathering of friends in the back yard. Pick the crust and toppings to suit your mood and within minutes you have pizza, lots and lots of fresh pizza. In fact, we invite you all to join us for a PizzaPartyin5 on November 15th, see below for more details.

We knew instantly who could capture the heart and soul of this project; Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple. Their work is visually stunning and they have such a joy about them, which is captured in their images. When they said they would do this video with us, I danced around my kitchen, I haven’t stopped yet. We hope you enjoy watching the video just as much as we did making it.

Here are some more images that Todd and Diane captured the day of the video shoot. *Pizza Party

With a couple of buckets of dough, a buffet of toppings and Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day on hand we made over a dozen pizzas. My oven was busy and so was the grill, it was a truly magical day.

pizza tossing

In the book we teach you how to toss a pizza high in the air, just like Ole did, which impresses your guests, but also creates a beautifully round and thin crust.

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Having a pizza party is a great way to get everyone involved. Stephanie Meyer and Michelle Gayer laughed their way through the creation of about 6 pizzas.

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Some of our pies are more exotic, like a Moroccan flatbread with preserved lemons, cured olives and homemade harissa.

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There are playful variations on classics, like the Hawaiian pizza, with pineapple, prosciutto, macadamia nuts and sage.

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A mix of sweet and savory flavors, like fresh figs and cured meats.


and some traditional combos for those of us with a taste for good old pizzeria pies.

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All of our pizzas and flatbreads can be made with our gluten-free crusts, so there is something for everyone.

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Gather your toppings, cork a bottle of wine, mix up some dough, invite your friends and neighbors over and have a Pizza Party in 5! We invite you to do just that on November 15th. We are having another party, but this one is going to be on the web. Pick your favorite recipe in APin5, bake it, then post it on Twitter using the #PizzaPartyin5. We will gather all the pizzas on Twitter and share your creations with our readers. Bloggers we invite you to post your creations on your websites and let us know about it on Twitter, so we can send people to look at your #PizzaPartyin5 posts. Join the party and have fun! My two sons, 10 and 12, will be baking for this one. 

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The video cast:

Thank you to Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple, for bringing to life what Jeff and I feel about this book. We love what we do and you captured it all in 3 minutes of pure joy. Cheers! A huge thanks to our wonderful friends who baked this feast of pizzas: Michelle Gayer (The Salty Tart), Stephanie Meyer (, Ole and Shaina Olmanson ( and Laurie Jesch-Kulseth ( You guys rock!

*all the pictures in this post were created by Todd Porter and Diane Cu and used with their permission. Thanks you two, they are all gorgeous.

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48 thoughts on “Our new PizzaPartyin5 Video & an Invitation to Party!!

  1. What a great video – if that does’t make you want to have a bucket of pizza dough in your fridge at all times, I don’t know what would!

  2. The video turned out beautifully! So happy to be part of it. Congratulations again on your wonderful book.

  3. Terrific video! I want to have that party with my kids, who are the real pizza lovers in our family. Can’t wait for the book.

  4. LOVE this!! I can’t stop watching it – everytime I see it, I find something else I love about it. Totally fabulous!! Congrats to you and Jeff, this book is awesome! Can’t wait to join the party in November! xo J

  5. Jeff & Zoe,
    you both produced another fantastic book and most importantly, food experience. You’ve all inspired us to bring family & friends together to celebrate one of the worlds perfect foods: pizza.
    It was a joy to work with you both on this project.

  6. I am SOOO excited for this book to get to my house!! I can’t wait!! I am totally going to have one of these parties!

  7. What a great idea. We have some great friends in the Loire Valley (we live in the Sarthe/Paris) who have an ancient bread oven in their chimney and have pizza parties. This would make a great ‘Thanks for having us’ gift when we go stay with them!

    • Nia: They’re the edible leafy part that grows above the beet. Don’t throw it out!

      Where did you see the recipe index? Jeff

      • Amazon shows a few of the pages: index, table of contents, and a couple of others.

      • Hello Jeff,
        the index was on amazon. They allow you to look inside the new book. Thanks for the reply, I thought those leaves were poisonous to humans, I guess I confused them with anothet leafy green.

      • Hi Nia,

        Beet greens are edible and very high in vitamins. You are probably thinking of Rhubarb leaves which are poisonous.

        Enjoy, Zoë

  8. Hi Jeff and Zoe,
    I have HBin5 and have tried making pizza with the dough as per the recipes, but it sure wasn’t as easy as in the video. I wonder what I’m doing wrong? We had to use A LOT of flour to keep the dough from sticking to the counter as we rolled it, and then it was really hard to transfer it onto the stone becuase it was so soft and it crumpled and folded on itself rather than sliding off the peel smoothly. It did taste great in the end, but it was not easy to work with, and we have gone back to using our regular bread machine pizza dough. I love making free form loaves and baguettes with the various recipes in HBin5, but the things that require more manipulation of the dough (especially sliding off of a peel) seem to be very tricky because of the high moisture. (E.g. the cinnamon-raisin bagels were not a big success for those reasons as well). Any suggestions? Thanks!

  9. Hello Jeff and Zoe,
    How much dough woul you say should be used for a traditional 9×5 loaf pan? I tried two lbs, it didn’t rise as high as I’d like (looked more like quick bread -meaning a low dome). When I tried three lbs the top busted open and my loaf wasn’t pretty like I wanted. Please help. Oh I used the ABin5 light whole wheat recipe.

  10. Thanks for a great new book. I am happy you included weights for the recipes. It is so much easier to use weights than measuring cups. I get better results that way. I plan on joining the party on Nov. 15.

    • Thanks Henry,

      We are so glad people are using the weights to bake! Can’t wait to hear about the pizzas you make during the #PizzaPartyin5 on Nov. 15!

      Cheers, Zoë

  11. Hi you two!

    Nice video! I just wondered how you make all the guests have their pizza ready at the same time. I’m not even sure what to do with only two pizzas in one oven. The baking stone isn’t that big, even if you do more of an oval-shaped pizza. Do you bake all the pizzas for several people in one oven?

    Thanks in advance and best wishes,

    • Hi Katharina,

      For this party we used 2 stones in my double wall oven and my grill! We also baked in two rounds, so some of the pizzas were eaten as we baked the next batch.

      Enjoy all the pizza! Zoë

  12. Love it! I especially love how you use really great easy and fresh food to bring people together. I think Pizza Party Thanksgiving would be awesome. I made 20 loaves for a bake sale this weekend and it was sooo easy I felt bad getting all the compliments!

  13. Got your new book, it is fantastic!
    Have you ever had two stones in the oven at once to increase pizza output for a party?

    I just got the Emile Henry round stone and wondered if it would work to put in in the middle of the oven with my other rectangular stone on the bottom.


  14. I cant wait to try make some of your breads. I am not a great cook by any means but I am hoping that I can fool some of my friends. It looks easy…well, you make it look easy anyway! I am going to put your book on my Christmas list if I don’t win one here….but I really hope I do!

  15. HOW FUN! At 68 I would LOVE to have my friends inand create some good food. NOt sure my home is big enough so will take a little planning but good thought!

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