October: National Pizza Month

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October is National Pizza Month, designated as such by pizza industry magazine Pizza Today in 1984 to inaugurate their first issue. The celebration stuck, and so we have another National Pizza Month before us.

October is actually a very good month to celebrate pizza. Tomatoes are still in season, as are many other harvest vegetables; shaved zucchini is one of my favorite pizza toppings.

Yet there's a snap in the air that makes a warm slice and its gooey tether of cheese sound mighty good and the idea of heating your oven as hot as it will go not so bad. I have been learning that a hot, hot, hot oven is the second thing you need to make a great pizza - right after the perfect dough for the perfect crust.

I'm still working on this, but I'd like to celebrate Pizza Month in my kitchen as much as possible. What kind of pizza will you make this month?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.