Does the "O" in October ever remind you of a hot, bubbling, scrumptious pizza? If it does, maybe that’s because October is National Pizza Month! We just observed International Pizza and Beer day last week—a perfect pairing if ever there was one—but there are plenty of other great cookbooks about how to bake that saucy, cheesy, universally beloved delight, but you might be surprised how many other slices of the Dewey Decimal pie contain a pizza book (and movie) or two!
How did pizza grow from a poor person’s snack in Naples into the only food so fun it gets a type of party named after it? You can read the whole story in Pizza: A Global History – and if you’re hungry for a second helping of pizza culture, check out Pizzapedia, a copiously illustrated reference book that gives the deep dish on all things pizza.
Pizza toppings sliding into your lap is a hot mess – and so was punk rock bad boy Colin Atrophy until he decided to start a blog posting his reviews for every pizza place in Manhattan. His memoir Slice Harvester tells the story of how that enviable task got his life together.
Do you like your pizza with peppers, onions, and pigskin? In John Grisham’s whimsical novel Playing For Pizza, a washed-up quarterback for the Cleveland Browns finds a second chance playing American-style football for a team in, of all places, Parma, Italy.
If the splatter of a Jackson Pollock painting reminds you of a large pizza with extra cheese, art historian Nancy Heller totally understands. Her art appreciation book Why A Painting Is Like A Pizza explains how visual art can be mouthwatering, too, and how you don’t have to like the same toppings as “the experts” to still enjoy a hot slice.
There are so many fun picture books about pizza that it’s hard to pick a favorite, but one contender is definitely William Steig's Pete’s a Pizza, a giggly book about a rainy day make-believe game between dad and son.
But save room for dessert pizza! The Free Library has DVDs of some great pizza movies, including Do The Right Thing(Spike Lee's masterpiece set in and around a Brooklyn pizza parlor) warning: NSFW language
Mystic Pizza (A coming-of-age romantic comedy containing Julia Roberts’ breakout role),