My Pizza Story in Best Food Writing of 2012

Last Friday, while sitting in a crowded outdoor Parisian cafe’ before the Mondial de la Pizza, I recieved word that my story, “Truffle in Paradise,” was selected to appear in Holly Hughes’ “Best Food Writing 2012.”

“Truffle,” is a story about me and my three friends trying to find those wonderfully pungent dirt-mushrooms in Italy. Not the noble whites or the rough blacks, just the early spring truffle called “Bianchetti.” This truffle is grey, earthy and what some call “ugly” and “trash,” quite possibly a metaphor for the standing of the lonely pizza guy in the culinary universe, huh?

I had planned to shave this much-sought-after wonder on my pizza for the World Pizza Championships of 2008 but was not prepared for what happened next…well, lets just say, you gotta read this one!


The story first appeared in the spring edition of Gastronomica, the journal of food and culture published by Darra Goldstein and the University of California Press.

As you can tell, I am very glad that Darra and Holly took a chance to highlight a story about competitive pizza making in very tough environment that seperates the strong from the weak and strenghtens bonds between friends. Thanks also to my good friends Bruno di Fabio, Tony Gemignani and Justin Wadstein who appear in the book and my fabulous writing coach, Dianne Jacob. But most of all, the love of my life, Debra for putting up with all my insane pizza crapola.


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8 Responses to “My Pizza Story in Best Food Writing of 2012”

  1. Very well done :) Where can I read your piece? Is there an online version I can access please?

  2. John says:

    Thank you Jamie, I think you can get a kindle version or go to gastronomica where the story first appeared. I also have another food story on Alimentum food journal site.

    thanks for commenting

  3. Dianne Jacob says:

    I’m so proud, John! I enjoyed every version I read as this story got better and better. Your tenacity has paid off.

    And I didn’t know about the Weasel story in Alimentum (one of the funniest stories ever). Congrats on both. Plan to submit the Weasel story to Best Food Writing for next year.

  4. Bill says:

    Incomplete story, but much of it is here:

  5. John says:

    Thanks Bill, gotta check out your pies soon!

  6. John says:

    Thanks Dianne, I couldn’t have done it without you!

  7. John says:

    I believe that Gastronimica has a link on thier site. Thanks for the comment.

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