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About Michael Schwartz
Chef/Restaurateur, The Genuine Hospitality Group
According to Schwartz, the philosophy is simple: The secret to good food is good food. Beloved by locals and visitors to Miami since 2007, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink set the bar for neighborhood dining with its menu based on simple preparations of seasonal ingredients and the atmosphere to match. People flock for the delicious food, thanks to a commitment to quality sourcing and emphasis on seasonal ingredients at their peak. The lively bar and raw bar, formidable cocktail and wine program and delightfully buzzy and sunny courtyard keep guests hungry for more. This infectious combination – unpretentiously laid back and magnetic with energy – is what we strive to create in every space we inhabit.
With a track from hometown Philadelphia spanning NYC to Los Angeles under Wolfgang Puck, Schwartz landed on Miami Beach in the early 1990s turning heads and tables doing seriously good food on not so serious South Beach. Branching out on his own to open Michael’s Genuine in a then forgotten neighborhood on the mainland now known as the Miami Design District, Michael took home the James Beard Award for Best Chef South in 2010 cementing his reputation for reinventing a fresh approach to food and defining sincere hospitality in Miami. The restaurant group currently operates 10 restaurants including five locations of its growing pizzeria brand, Genuine Pizza® and several branching from its fine dining roots: honest Italian at Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz at SLS Brickell in Downtown Miami (October 2016) and SLS Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas (December 2017), the quintessential Miami restaurant with waterfront dining and fresh approach to bold Latin American flavor at Amara at Paraiso (January 2018), food to feel good at the forthcoming Como Metropolitan Miami Beach (January 2019), and the ultimate neighborhood restaurant coming to Coconut Grove at Park Grove (2019.)
Outside of the restaurant, Schwartz focuses his time and influence supporting the arts and causes such as Share our Strength, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Slow Food (from which he received its Miami convivium’s first “Snail of Approval”) and Wellness in the Schools. His second cookbook, Genuine Pizza: Better Pizza at Home is due out May 14, 2019 with Abrams Books.
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Throughout his acclaimed career, chef Michael Schwartz has been celebrated for his skilled use of quality ingredients, and with his pizzas, this talent is on full display. Genuine Pizza is Schwartz’s vibrantly illustrated guidebook for creating unforgettable pies at home. His cookbook makes the pizza process approachable and fun, giving the reader the tools they need to make better pizza and then run with them. First providing a clear and simple view of the fundamentals—with detailed step-by-step methods for making the best pizza doughs—Schwartz then empowers home cooks to mix and match ingredients, playing with different sauces, cheeses, meats, vegetables, and more, to build pies both classic and innovative. Pizza is just the beginning—it’s a jumping off point to colorful, delicious meals.
“To put it simply, every recipe in this book makes my mouth water.” —Wolfgang Puck, from the Foreword
“With Michael Schwartz’s culinary brilliance as our North Star, we can all impress our loved ones as true pizzaiolos!” —Andrew Zimmern
Michael focuses on sourcing exceptional ingredients and treating them properly—which usually means simply. A salad truly becomes a meal, such as BLT Salad with Maple-Cured Bacon, as do pizzas, pastas, soups, and sandwiches. Snacks aren’t precious bits on toothpicks but hearty, eat-with-your-hands fare that can be mixed and matched, such as Caramelized Onion Dip with Thick-Cut Potato Chips and Crispy Polenta Fries with Spicy Ketchup. Side dishes are adventurous accompaniments that hold up mightily on their own, while the boldly flavored main dishes—from Grilled Wild Salmon Steak with Fennel Hash and Sweet Onion Sauce to Grilled Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde—come in two sizes: large and extra large, for serving family-style at the table. From simple desserts that riff on classic childhood favorites and flavors, including Banana Toffee Panini, to Michael’s favorite drinks, you’ll have everything you need for the perfect dinner at home.
With seventy full-color photographs and abundant ingredient tips to help make the most of what’s freshest at the market, Michael’s Genuine Food is a guide you’ll return to time and time again for meals that will slip everyone into a state of genuine contentment.