Our friends at Paste magazine recently shared a list of 6 essential pizza cookbooks.

While there are some great selections there (Tony Gemignani's The Pizza Bible being an office favorite), we wanted to nominate one of our own for the honor:

PASSION FOR PIZZA by the American-Norwegian team of Craig Whitson, Tore Gjesteland, Mats Widen, and Kenneth Hansen.

Not only is this a handsome hardcover with wonderful photography and 50 pizza recipes, but it is also a travel guide containing profiles of 60 pizzerias and pizza-makers from across Rome, Naples, New York, Chicago, L.A., and more.

And if you're lucky enough to live in author Craig Whitson's home state of Oklahoma, you are in for a cheesy treat! Craig will be appearing on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City for a homecoming pizza party.