CHESTER, Conn. (AP) — The most popular food in the world? Not a Big Mac, not a peanut butter sandwich, not Chinese carry out. Dominick Bosco of Chester says it's pizza. And in homage to the world's favorite dish, Bosco recently created a pizza application for iPad. He calls it "Pizza Dreams, The Cure For the Common Pizza."
It is a video cookbook that offers not only ingredients and cooking instructions but also guides users through all steps of creating 22 imaginative pies. Andrea Bednarz, who owns Brown Eyed Girl Salon in Chester, narrates the program, instilling in viewers the Pizza Dreams mantra: "Don't worry if it's right. Just worry if it's delicious."
Still, there's one thing you will not find in Pizza Dreams: the ordinary. If you live in the gastronomic world of pepperoni and onions, get ready for the Coney Island, a pizza topped with hot dogs, mustard, relish and sauerkraut.
Then there's the Passyunk Avenue, a tribute to a prime piece of South Philadelphia real estate, that comes topped with what Philadelphia is famous for: cheese steaks.
One of Bosco's creations is a tip of the hat to Great Britain's favorite pub food, the Bangers and Mash pizza, with kielbasa and mashed potatoes.
Bosco takes pizza to a place it has seldom gone before with the dessert Bronx Cheer pizza, topped with raspberries, mango-orange sauce, walnuts and a melted butter and sugar glaze. For the summer camp crowd, there's the S'more pizza, with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.
This is not Bosco's first pizza adventure. He also is the author of a book on imaginative pies, "The Joy of Grill Pizza." (Pizza Dreams features pizza made not only on the grill but also in the oven.) He says his book paved the way to the iPad app, and the iPad itself has leveled the playing field when it comes to the creation of original programming.
"There's a constant hunger for new things for the iPad and I'm tapping into that," Bosco says. "Anyone who knows how can put up a product as good as Martha Stewart's," he said. "Here's a person who comes out of nowhere and produces a quality product in his own kitchen. That's the power of the device."
Bosco, who has a background in writing and editing of cookbooks, made the video not only in his kitchen but also in the dining room of his house. Though Bednarz does the narration, Bosco's hands are the ones shown making the pizzas. Since he was also filming the process, it made for a lot of running between camera and counter.
"I had to move fast," he admits.
It took some two years from start to finish to make Pizza Dreams and Bosco said that the filming and editing process was the easy part. What was more difficult was finding a computer coder to translate all of the work to the required computer language. He had several false starts before he found a person who could do the job as he wanted it done. Then Bosco had to submit the finished product to Apple for its approval before it would agree to carry the app in the iPad Store.
Overall, Bosco estimates that he has spent some $18,000 of his own money making Pizza Dreams. Apple is selling the app for $1.99, much less, he said, than similar cooking programs.
He is not looking forward to any financial windfall.
"I'm not expecting to get rich on this - not unless I live for 100 years," he says.
But riches may well pale when compared to the joy of bringing the world Cheescake Susie, a pizza that claims it has the power to change your life forever - if, of course, what your life needs is cherries, cream cheese and chocolate sauce.
Pizza Dreams, The Cure For the Common Pizza can be purchased for $1.99 from the iPad App Store.
A sample of the app is online at www.StoryHillBooks.com.
Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com
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