“Mint Condition” – mint pesto derived from mint grown in the backyard, topped with feta.
Pizza for Good boasts a number of different important themes – using tasty pizza to raise money, highlighting people doing great things in their communities and terrific recipes, among other things. But a reviewer on Amazon cited another critical piece: supporting local businesses.
“Support your local economy,” the commenter wrote. “The concept is great for community involvement.”
That person—who chose to remain anonymous—is dead on the money. Instead of, for example, ordering a Domino’s pizza where all ingredients are mass-produced and have questionable additives, Pizza for Good gives you recipes that ALL contain options on how to make them using fresh, in-season ingredients.
Quoting from the Ingredients Are King: Supplement and Buy Local section of the book:
David Bradley, executive chef of Lure in Midtown Atlanta—part of Fifth Group restaurants—urges Pizza for Good readers to build relationships with local purveyors, whether at a green market or another local establishment, to buy local, then fill in where you have to with easy-to-buy stuff.
“Not every single thing on a plate or in a dish has to be 100 percent local for me,” he says. “I’d much rather use a canned tomato than a fresh one, probably nine months out of the year. If I’m going to make sauce I’ll make it with canned tomatoes and then try to buy locally made mozzarella. Or buy some really nice milk and make my own ricotta or something like that.
“You can still have that element and a handmade feel to it, but again it goes back to quality,” he adds. “The ambitious and proper thing would be to make it at home. But that’s probably not most people’s reality.”
That’s true, but with a bit of creativity you can generate your own ingredients or buy them from a local, responsible source. With small, local business under constant fire from big corporations, support them as much as you can.
This review came from Amazon, here’s a reminder: Buy the book on Amazon, and please write a review. We can keep PFG bubbling (sorry, bad pun) at the top of the rankings and selling well if we keep those reviews coming!
And keep us posted if you’re planning on a Spring PFG Party in your town! – WP