- Decorah, IA: Solmentes Press, 2017.
Price: $2,400.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 132320
Limited to 40 numbered copies, of which this is one of 35 regular copies. This visual narrative tells the story in woodcuts and linocuts of how British artist David Esslemont literally grew a pizza on his farm in rural Iowa. Wholly embracing the farm-to-table movement, he grows wheat, garlic, tomatoes and basil; designs and builds an adobe clay oven (scale plans included); gives instructions on how to make the dough, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese; fire up the oven, assemble the pizza and cook it in less than three minutes.
"Pizza farms" are not uncommon in the Midwest, and in 2011, Esslemont built an oven to explore the feasibility of such a venture. Unfortunately, the oven burned down the following year. Two years passed before he built a second oven, this time on a plinth of reinforced concrete. As he documented its construction, he conceived a new book - Pizza from Scratch.
"There is something magical about cooking in a wood-fired oven: the rolling flames, searing heat and tantalizing aromas are quixotic. If you've grown the ingredients, and harvested the tomatoes and basil that afternoon - the flavors will be out of this world." - David Esslemont.