Virus quarantines and shuttered restaurants sent millions of Americans back to their homes, only to rediscover the joys of firing up an oven and cooking something special for themselves.
Whether by desire, necessity, or both, many of us have certainly been spending more time in the kitchen these last few months. And we haven't just been hungry for the food itself. Americans have also been hungry for new ways to make it. Case in point, the Allrecipes Alexa skill saw recipe requests surge by 67 percent during March and April, while new users skyrocketed by 80 percent.
Pizza is an eternal crowd-pleaser, but plenty of chefs get intimidated at the thought of making crust and sauce from scratch. Thankfully, professional chef Tim Cunningham is on the case — and his 1-hour crash course Pizza Making: Bake the Best Sourdough Pizza at Home! seeks to prove that anyone with basic kitchen skills is more than capable of baking up a delicious pie.
The Australian-born Cunningham is a veteran of rustic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine — and over this step-by-step instruction, students learn the fundamentals for making a world-class pizza that doesn't require expensive equipment or ingredients.
Over these seven lectures, Cunningham starts by explaining how to make your own sourdough starter from yeast and bacteria so your handmade crust will always be absolutely stellar. From there, he walks students through the creation of a Napoli sauce for pizza bases.
Then armed with your crust and sauce, you're already more than halfway to a homemade pizza that will put anything you have delivered from Grubhub to shame.
Over 1,200 students have taken chef Cunningham's course, bestowing a 4.2 out of 5-star rating, so you know you can likely expect pizza brilliance — so long as you can follow his easy-to-digest guide.
Best of all, the training to bake one of the world's greatest pizzas yourself actually costs less than an order from Domino's or Pizza Hut. The $200 course is now on sale for over 90 percent off, just $13.99.
Prices are subject to change.