Pizza from Scratch

February 2017

Pre-publication offer:
Deluxe Pizza $4800$2400 (Sold Out)
Regular Pizza $2400 $2000

This visual narrative tells the story in woodcuts and linocuts of how Esslemont literally grew a pizza on his farm in rural Iowa. Wholly embracing the farm-to-table movement, he grows tomatoes and wheat; designs and builds an adobe clay oven (scale plans included); gives instructions on how to make the dough, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese; fires up the oven, assembles the pizza and cooks it.

“Pizza farms” are not uncommon in the Midwest, and in 2011, Esslemont built an oven to explore the feasibility of such a venture. Unfortunately, the oven burned down the following year. Two years passed before he built a second oven, this time on a plinth of reinforced concrete. As he documented its construction, he conceived a new book – Pizza from Scratch.

“There is something magical about cooking in a wood-fired oven: the rolling flames, searing heat and tantalizing aromas are quixotic. If you’ve grown the ingredients, and harvested the tomatoes and basil that afternoon – the flavors will be out of this world.” - David Esslemont

Edition details

Hand printed from the original wood and lino blocks approximately (10.5 x 15 ins) landscape, with over forty illustrations.

Edition of fifty copies:

Five deluxe copies – $4800 (Sold Out)
Bound in white alum-tawed goatskin with a design painted in acrylic ink based on one of the pizzas, created with toothbrushes and stencils, with gold tooling. Sewn on linen tapes with hand-sewn headbands and leather-jointed Italian handmade-paper endleaves, in a felt-lined cloth-covered drop-back box.

Forty-five regular copies in printed cloth-covered boards, presented in a drop-back box – $2400.


All the images are available seperately as individual prints. Printed in editions of no more than fifty copies they vary in price from $120 to $700. Please enquire for availability and pricing

Video trailer – Pizza from Scratch

Pizza from Scratch – work in progress

Copyright © David Esslemont 2016