Since its arrival on US shores in 1905, pizza has risen from an obscure ethnic food to an iconic symbol of American culture. In August 2009, Colin Hagendorf set out to review every regular slice of pizza in Manhattan, and his blog, Slice Harvester, was born. Two years and nearly 400 slices later, he'd been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Daily News (New York), and on radio shows all over the country.
Suddenly, this self-proclaimed punk who was barely making a living doing burrito delivery and selling handmade zines had a following. But at the same time Colin was stepping up his game for the masses (grabbing slices with Phoebe Cates and her teenage daughter, reviewing kosher pizza so you don't have to), his personal life was falling apart.
A problem drinker and chronic bad boyfriend, he started out using the blog as a way to escape-the hangovers, the midnight arguments, the hangovers again-until finally realizing that by taking steps to reach a goal day by day, he'd actually put himself in a place to finally take control of his life for good.
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"Narrator Roger Wayne deftly re-creates the world of pizza blogger/zine writer Colin Hagendorf, who decided to sample and rate a plain slice of pie from EVERY pizza restaurant in New York City. While trying 435 slices over two years, he offers conversation that's always good, even if some of the pizza isn't. In addition to his adventures in pizza research, Hagendorf's life as a punk rocker who is struggling with alcoholism is movingly shared by Wayne. His skillful transitions through the many topics give the work an intimate tone. Listeners will learn what ratio of dough, cheese, and sauce makes the perfect pie and meet the Riggio family of Pizza Suprema, which Slice Harvester names his top choice. This tasty memoir leaves everyone hungry for more. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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