Chi mangia bene, vive bene!

Welcome to the home of the Linacre Pizza and Baking Society!

We are a group of students passionate about pizza and artisanal baking. We meet monthly, holding tutorial sessions and themed lunches for newbies and aficionados alike.

I’m Peter, we started the society with the goal of making and eating spectacular handmade pizza. I’m a second year DPhil student in Biochemistry, with a focus on the studying the molecular mechanisms involved in biomolecular transport and bacterial protein protein interactions. It was somewhat incidental that my passion for chemistry evolved into an interest in yeast fermentation processes and ovencraft. Nearly a year ago I developed great interest in learning how to build really fantastic Pizza, and trying to mimic or build on the best Pizzas I’d had from great restaurants and pizzarias. I soon found that it very often did not come down to a magic combination of ingredients, nor a special sauce or secret tomato. The key is to build it from from scratch, using solid science and understanding of how each component interacts, with the freshest ingredients you can find. Developing a sense for both what and why things work, is critical for great Pizza. We try to really push the limits of what your home oven can accomplish. Experimentation, practice, practice, and practice are the roots of our society, and we want to share our experience with you!

Every week I hunt out new recipes to try, and I’m really excited to be able to share my passion for baking with you. It’s a fun, useful skill that anyone can learn, and it’s delicious too!
I hold monthly tutorials on making your own pizza from scratch. It’s great fun, fantastic food, and good company over a lunch hour.

We will take the Pizza society through a whole variety of regional cuisines and flavours every month. Permanent tips and recipes can be found in the header bars, as well as a recommended further reading list and book reviews. Please bear with us as we develop this site further and try to build a comprehensive guide to making great pizza at home. If you think you might be interested in joining us for a session, please contact me at the society email at!


The title of this post is my favourite motto, I usually have it hanging up in my kitchen, it’s Italian, literal for who eats well, lives well. Buon Appetit and happy pizza hunting!

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