Bring a little Cowabunga into your kitchen with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cookbook (Insight Editions, $24.99 USD). Hardcore TMNT fans may grimace thinking it’s a book filled with ‘peanut butter and clams’ or ‘jelly bean and mushroom’ topping combinations, just a few of the classic ninja turtle favorites, but pizza purists can breathe a sigh of relief. Recipe names like ‘The Sewer Surfer’ and ‘Shredder’s Revenge’ may not sound like they’d pass a human taste test but these pizza pie flavors are appealing to both human and ninja turtle taste buds alike.
The book opens with cooking tips and healthy swaps (gluten-free options for the win!) even including ‘kitchen-ninja’ training tips for the younger chefs in the kitchen. Colorful pages pair photos of completed pizza masterpieces side by side with easy to follow instructions and fun tips from Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo.
And don’t worry, if for some reason pizza isn’t your thing (do those sorts of people exist?) then there are non-pizza recipes like ‘Turtle Power Pizza Salad’ and ‘Green Ooze Smoothie’ also inspired by the popular 80s cartoon series.
Going classic with the New York Style Pepperoni Pizza recipe me and my fellow kitchen ninja (@BattleGodMars) discovered that the pizza crust dough recipe recommended in the book will make your pizza more deep dish than thin crispy. If you’re a New Yorker that loves their thin crust you may want to reduce the dough serving size to accommodate your personal preferences.
It’s great that the recipes chosen for this cookbook are palatable but it would have been nice to see a few of the original topping combinations from the cartoon included too – Chocolate fudge with extra garlic anyone? The closest the book comes is a ‘Chocolate-Chili Pepper Pizza with Butternut Squash’ recipe.
If you love pizza then ThursdayNightPizza.com blogger, Peggy Paul Casella, has put together a great starter collection for you. If you’re a ninja turtle that’s feeling disappointed by the lack of anchovies, marshmallows and clam sauce then just add them on your own, the best part about pizza is you can never have too many toppings.
Mariko Lochridge is a Japanese-American videographer splitting her time between Tokyo and LA. She tells the stories of up-and-coming entrepreneurs, Tokyo fashion leaders, drone farming and the loves the opportunity to write food and/or Netflix reviews with her partner Anthony Mars.