James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz known for defining what fresh, local food means in Miami now shares the building blocks to making unforgettable pizza at home!
The wood oven has always been a focal point of the open kitchen at Michael’s Genuine, and it’s no surprise pizza has found a special place in our hearth getting cozy with whole fish and fresh vegetables. Michael’s love for a genuine pie spawned a bunch of warm and welcoming joints where it’s the star, too — Harry’s Pizzeria. Now, the home cook can make and eat better pizza at home, getting comfortable creating balanced, delicious meals centered around everyone’s favorite food.
Genuine Pizza is my approach as an American chef who puts quality and simplicity first. Pizza has always been an important part of all my restaurants. It’s an opportunity for expression and I want the home cook to feel like they now have a great resource that they can turn to and enjoy using.— Michael Schwartz
Come pizza party at home or on the road with us. The GENUINE PIZZA: BETTER PIZZA AT HOME book tour is on! Events and stops along the way will update here. Come along for the ride!
MAY | Miami
TUESDAY, MAY 14 – Genuine Pizza Release Day Garden Party at Michael’s Genuine Miami 📸
TUESDAY, MAY 14 – 21 – Genuine Pizza Week at Michael’s Genuine
TUESDAY, MAY 21 – Harry’s Pizzeria in Coconut Grove
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 – Pizza-Making Class at Genuine Pizza Aventura
JULY | Midwest
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 at Pacific Standard Time – Michael takes over Chef/Owner Erling Wubower’s oven beginning at 5 pm.
THURSDAY, JULY 25 at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 🎟 – Enjoy a family-style dinner with Chef at his midwest outpost including a signed book to bring the party home.
AUGUST | Miami Cooking School
Miami Design District
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 7-10PM at Ella Pop Café 🎟 Michael Schwartz Catering’s Summer Cooking School is back and it’s cookbook time after hours in Palm Court! Hosted and taught by Chef, the last of 3 events celebrates everyone’s favorite food with hands-on pizza-making instruction, dinner, drinks and a signed cookbook to take home.
SEPTEMBER | Coast to Coast
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 at Soho Beach House Cookbook Club – Genuine Pizza, potluck style! 20 members of the club make a dish and bring it to share… feedback! Michael is the host with the most for an easy-going evening of critique in good fun.
Los Angeles, CA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 at Now Serving – A favorite cookbook and culinary shop in LA welcomes Chef for a free talk and signing to celebrate his new doughy volume. The relaxed evening begins at 7:30PM.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 at LA Loves Alex’s – Michael is thrilled to be a part of this special annual event, and this year it’s all about the ‘za! Support this special cause and have a lot of fun doing it.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 & 28
King Arthur Flour Baking School 🎟 Join Michael for a class based on his new book Genuine Pizza. You’ll learn the tricks of the trade from great doughs to matching sauces and toppings to take your homemade pizza to the next level! Friday demonstration is 5 to pm ($45) and Saturday’s hands-on class from 9am to 1pm is $195.
OCTOBER | NYC & Philly
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 at Osteria with Jeff Michaud – Michael joins his friend and chef in his hometown at the award-winning temple of pasta and all things truly Italian.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 & 6 at the New York Pizza Festival – The 2nd Annual New York Pizza Festival hosted by theBelmont Business Improvement District will be a national, star-studded, 2-day event showcasing the talents of the most renowned US Pizza Makers, Chefs, culinary personalities, as well as top pizza makers from Italy. With 30,000 people expected in attendance over the two days, this is the largest pizza festival in New York, including 25 US pizza makers and 5 from Italy, with wine, beer, and music! The festival will benefit a local NY non-for-profit, Slice Out Hunger!
WATCH & LEARN
Dial into the Pizza Matrix! Check in here as we introduce you to 5 of our favorite pizza recipes from the book, a cross section chosen because each pie checks a winning flavor combination box in Chef’s roadmap to GENUINE PIZZA topping perfection. Up first, our cover girl: Stracciatella!
Grab a slice of Chef Michael Schwartz’s new cookbook. Click here to purchase on Amazon.
MEET THE TEAM
We had the BEST time making this book with the BEST people. From our publishing squad at Abrams Books to our crack photoshoot and culinary team on the ground with writing whiz Olga Massov keeping us in line and on-point, meet the team and forgive their lack pizza self control. As it should be! Ogle some behind the scenes images on Instagram from our shoot last spring and get a flavor for how we would cook the book as we release recommended menus compiled from its pages!
This book tour (and book!) wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of folks we love working with. To name a few: Niman Ranch, Lynx Grills, and Belgioiso Cheese.