NATIONAL PIZZA WITH THE WORKS EXCEPT ANCHOVIES DAY
Hold the fishes!
National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day is observed on November 12. Anchovy lovers move over.
All the other pizza lovers get their due and pile on their toppings on this annual pizza holiday. Olives, pepperoni, sausage, peppers and onions? Allowed. Mushrooms, bacon or pineapple approved! Just no fishy business on this national day, or no pizza for you!
Classified as an oily fish, Anchovies are a family of small, common salt-water forage fish. There are 144 species found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Anchovies are small, green fish that have blue reflections caused by the silver longitudinal stripe which begins at the base of the caudal fin. Traditionally, anchovies are processed in a salt brine and then packed in oil or salt resulting in a strong, characteristic flavor. Optionally they may be pickled in vinegar giving the anchovies a milder taste.
Pizza: In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the pizza. In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie. A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans. The modern pizza had it’s beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread. The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples. It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds. The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 and was in New York’s Little Italy. Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.
HOW TO OBSERVE Whether your pizza is thin crust, hand tossed, thick crust or deep dish, top it with all of your favorite toppings (excluding anchovies) and use #PizzaWithTheWorksExceptAnchoviesDay to post on social media.
I've had to pass often enough, but I Love Anchovies. I've often picked anchovies off other sections of a Pizza so I could have more, or ordered double anchovies. Here's parts of another article.
Pizza toppings go well beyond the humble pepperoni these days. The simple dish has become increasingly complex over the years, and pizzerias have gotten bolder with their choices. You can get BBQ chicken pizza, Thai chicken pizza or Jamaican jerk pizza from a franchise, whether it be Papa John’s or California Pizza Kitchen.
Frankly, there are only two pizza ingredients that will get you a sideways glance these days. One is pineapple, which is a divisive choice.Then, there’s anchovies — if you like anchovies on pizza, you are considered weird.
This is a well-established food trope, but how did it come to be?
Anchovies are synonymous with pizza — despite the fact that nobody likes anchovy pizza —and you generally won’t see them unless they’re in a fancy Caesar salad or crammed together and packed in olive oil. People don’t put other kinds of fish on pizza, even sardines.
Anchovies’ ties to pizza, though, go back to the beginning.
Fish on bread has been eaten in Italy since the days of Ancient Rome, and that practice continued with the invention of the pizza. One of the very earliest pizza variants offered was pizza marinara, which came with tomatoes and anchovy (and, in the first iterations, no cheese). Why anchovies? Because they were cheap and abundant. They are, after all, small little fish that filled the Mediterranean. They were also easy to preserve with a little oil and salt. Pizza was a “peasant food,” the 18th-century equivalent of fast food, and peasants liked stuff that was cheap and didn’t go bad, hence anchovies. They weren’t weird. They were commonplace and traditional. (By the way - There's a scene in Voices in Crystal where Ariennu is warming salt fish and oil to slap on bread with goat cheese - making a lunch for Marai, which his business partner Etum Addi grabs and begins to share...Pizza in Ancient Egypt?)
When Italians started immigrating to the United States, they brought their foods with them, including pizza, and including anchovy. Pizza started to click with non-Italians in the 1910s, and then pizzerias started catering to other palates. These people did not grow up eating salty little fishes on their pizzas, and so anchovies became less popular, until they weren’t popular at all. Ham, and even Italian sausage, just made more sense.
When, however, did anchovy pizza become a joke, shorthand for “this person likes weird food?” A Slate article notes that the Patrick Dempsey vehicle Loverboy made a joke about anchovy pizza in 1989. Michelangelo, the noted party dude amongst the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, put anchovies on pizza, and he was well-known for his bizarre pizza concoctions. One time he combined anchovies with onion and, um, butterscotch.
There’s also an entire Futurama episode based around Fry’s love of anchovies, and when everybody else eats them they think they are gross. Save for Dr. Zoidberg, that is. So, in short, the only characters who enjoy anchovies are inveterate gross loser Fry and eternal punching bag Zoidberg, who has been referred to as a “grotesque, stinking lobster” who “smells like he eats garbage, and does.”
Last week Stephanie Barr told us her writing story.
Today she brings Bryder.
1.Tell us where and when were you born.
My name is Bryder. I was born Bryder Kass on the Planet Rellimar some thirty-one standards ago, though I’m Pendan genetically.
My father was a diplomat to Rellimar when I was born. When the Empire decided to try to take Penda and Rellimart into their “alliance”--whether through foul means or fair--my father was smart enough to send my mother and me back to Penda but not quite smart enough to leave himself.
When my mother died when I was twelve, I spent the next eleven years in the crews of one or the other of my three brothers’ ships until they, one by one, ran afoul of the empire. Each time, I managed to escape with luck and fast talking. So, when I ran out of brothers, but not anger, I became determined to take down the Empire, which I decided to try to do by becoming an Agent of the Empire. Which is how I lost my last name.
And how I found Nayna.
2. How would you describe yourself?
I’m a little bit of a free spirit. I’m handsome and smart, but not the same sort of smart like Nayna where she can show her work. More like the sort of kind of smart where I just know the right answer or just pick up new skills without apparent effort. You’d think it would make me unpopular (like smarts and beauty do to Nayna) but I’m charismatic, too. Everybody loves me. I bet I have friends in every sort of place, high and low. Even though I seem to attract trouble like no one’s business.
3. Tell us about where you grew up.
In the seat of the Randian government, on planet Feyja in the Capital Cence. After my mother died, I lived all over the galaxy in my brothers’ various ships.
4. How old are you?
5. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
On the one hand, I lost my father when I was a baby and my mother was pretty torn up about it. On the other hand, my mom was something else, compassionate and kind and I was more than a little spoiled so I guess my childhood was pretty good.
It wasn’t really until I got out with my brothers that I realized how many horrible things had been done, how many lives snuffed or devastated by Rand. But I was a man by then.
6. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I was close with my mother and her good friend, a top level Randian analyst, Blynn Ostes.
Never was really close with my brothers but they were grown by the time I was born. Got to know them a little, but we never became attached.
After that, I had a handful of good friends and a jillion acquaintances. And Nayna. Nayna was something special almost from the first. And she became more precious to me every day. That’s why I stayed with Rand for more than eight years, waiting for the right moment to try to coax Nayna to escape with me and stop serving the Empire.
Tormenting Nayna, who also doesn’t understand me, has become the most highlight of my life.
7. What do you value above all else in life? What are you obsessed with?
Nayna, but I don’t have to sacrifice any beliefs or values to do so. She’s at least as honorable as I am, even if she’s been fed garbage all her life so she doesn’t yet know what’s real. But her heart is gold.
8.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
I believe in treating people with basic humanity, trying to do the most good for the most people, not hurting people with no reason.
I could have recommended all kinds of ugliness if I wanted to and Raand would have been all too eager to do so, but I’m not a monster. Sometimes it’s enough not to be a monster. I am not, however, particularly religious. Not sure how I could be with the horrors I’ve seen.
9. Biggest fear?
Failure. If I were caught and they managed to get names from me, everyone fighting the Empire would be put at risk. Worst, we’d fail and who knows how many other worlds would be destroyed before someone had the chance to take them down again.
10. What line will you never cross?
I won’t kill anyone for pleasure or to keep my own cover. Better to kill myself.
11. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
Finding Nayna, though, if I can get her to escape with me, that will likely edge it out.
The worst? Standing on the surface of a planet I recommended preserving, even making up reasons to do so, only to be ignored. The planet had been sterilized, everything on it destroyed, and I had been unable to stop it.
12. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
First time I met Nayna, we sparred in front of a class of recruits. She was going to take me down to show how much I had to learn, I was going to wipe the ground with her because she was by the book. I didn’t give her an easy victory, but she sure kicked my ass.
13. Biggest secret?
Probably that I’m a subversive. LOL.
14. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
15. What is your current goal?
Convince Nayna she loves me and take down the Empire. I’ll take one or the other, but both would be best.
This brings us to Geoff Habiger, Author and co author Coy Kissee
What made you want to be a writer?
Geoff: I’ve always had a wild imagination and loved to make things up as a kid. Learning that I could do that and share my stories with other people really inspired me. It has taken a longtime, and a lot of false starts to get to this point, but it has been worth it.
Coy: I’ve always been a reader, and it’s a natural progression from loving to read books to wanting to
share your stories with people like yourself.
Tell us your book’s genre?
Unremarkable is a mash-up of genres,but the simplest way to describe it is supernatural historical fiction. It is set in 1929 Chicago at the height of prohibition and it involves supernatural creatures, specifically vampires.
Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)
Unremarkable is a story about an everyman who is, for all intents and purposes, unremarkable. Saul Imbierowicz is a postal worker who has been newly liberated from living under his parents’ roof. He has a couple of friends, and a girlfriend, but there is truly nothing special about him.
However, that all changes on St. Valentine's Day when events begin to spiral out of Saul's control and he has the two biggest gangsters in Chicago -"Bugs" Moran and Al Capone -needing something from him.
If that wasn't bad enough, the Feds show up asking Saul questions about his girlfriend. As the story progresses, Saul learns that vampires are not just a myth.
Unremarkable is available at in paperback from local book stores (your store can order it from Ingram), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book sellers. It is also available in multiple ebook formats including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and ePub versions.
How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?
Geoff: Very important! It’s the best way for an aspiring author to learn what works and what doesn’t. You get to see many different writing styles and see what works in terms of grammar, dialogue, plotting, and pacing.
Coy: I don’t believe that there is anything more important. I think you need to devour as much as you
can from the stories of others before tackling the creation of your own story.
How did you come up with this fantastic idea?
In addition to writing, we own a game company called Tangent Games. During trips to gaming conventions we would have conversations about many different topics. One of those focused on using supernatural events or concepts to explain how/why certain historical events happened. One such conversation centered on why there seemed to be so much overkill at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, which led to a longer conversation about Al Capone. From this, Unremarkable was born.
Which character do you identify with most in your novel?
Geoff: I identify a lot with Saul. He’s an everyman with no special powers or abilities. He’s polite and nice to others, and a bit naïve. I put a lot of my own personality and reactions to things into Saul.
Coy:That’s a tough question. I guess it would have to be Agent Truesdale. He’s a straight-shooter who doesn’t suffer fools.
Did the Bible or other spiritual works have anything to do with your idea for this novel?
With the idea, no, although for one of the characters (Christian Wright) we did reference certain Biblical passages for the character.
Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?
Not really. We just wanted to have fun and create a story and characters that readers will enjoy.
Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
Geoff: For me it’s the actual writing/typing part-having to actually get the words from my head onto the blank page. I have the story and I just want it to appear on the screen instantly.
Coy: The marketing. I would much prefer my work to just sell itself.
Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
Geoff: I can write pretty much anywhere. I like to listen to music when I write to help set the mood, and to drown out the noise and distractions around me. I write my first drafts longhand so I can write anywhere I get a spare moment to jot down some words.
Coy: For anything creative, I prefer to have it quiet. If I’m doing a mindless activity, I like to have music on.
What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?
Geoff: I have a specific pen that I use (for first drafts). If I don’t have it, it really bothers me.
Coy: There’s nothing for me.
What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.
Geoff: Procrastination and fear of rejection. They may not be the worst things that anyone has experienced, but these can be big stumbling blocks for me.
Coy: Geoff’s procrastination and fear of rejection. ☺
When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
Geoff: My co-author, Coy. If he’s not available I have a close group of writing friends that I can reach out to and bounce ideas off for encouragement.
Coy: Geoff, primarily. I have a couple of other well-read friends whose opinions I greatly respect that I have tapped a few times.
How do you market your book?
We have done several things for Unremarkable. We did a Goodreads giveaway before the release.We’ve done newsletter and social media advertising. We’ve done some traditional print advertising.We’ve gotten to do some fantastic interviews (including this one!) both through blogs and even one radio interview. Plus we do conventions –comic cons mostly – to try to reach readers directly
Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.
Not directly, yet. Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?As co-authors we read through the work together. Beyond that, Geoff has several authors he uses as beta readers who give him great feedback on the early drafts of a manuscript.
Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.
Our first book signing for Unremarkable was at the Albuquerque Comic Con. It was a lot of fun to be in a very dynamic and energetic environment and to be able to reach new readers. Being at the con made for a large group of people with similar interests as ours, and that helped to make connections to potential buyers.
Some silly questions!
What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?
Geoff: Playing games – RPGs, board games, etc. Plus hiking and taking photos.
Coy: Reading, playing games.
Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is.
Geoff: KC-Style BBQ. Purple
Coy: Mexican. Also Purple. (Geoff –we are SO compatible!)
Tell us your favorite novel?
Geoff: Just one? ☺The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Coy: Growing up it would have been Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, but now I’ll go with
John Dies at the End by David Wong.
A live drama or the opera?
Geoff: A live play, whether drama or comedic.
Coy: Live drama, I can’t stand opera.
Chips or crackers?
Geoff: Chips. Preferably with salsa.
Coy: Chips. Preferably with queso.
Hamburger or chicken sandwich?
Geoff: Burger with cheese and green chili.
Coy: Cheeseburger all the way.
Fries or onion rings?
Geoff: Fries, but it depends on whose onion rings.
Coy: Totally depends on where they’re from, but generally speaking, onion rings.
Milk shake or smoothie?
Geoff: Milk shake.
Coy: Milk shake.
Thunderstorms or star gazing??
Geoff: Star gazing, if my telescope (and the sky) cooperates.
Coy: Star gazing.
Kindle or paperback novels?
Geoff: Paperback all the way.
Coy: There is no substitute for the sensations caused by a real book.
Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?
You mean beyond the odd typo that might have slipped by us? Probably writing it in the first person. It works, and we like what we have written, but we could have done a lot more with the characters if we’d written it in the third person.
What kind of advice can you give to other aspiring authors?
Keep writing and find a good editor. A lot of people think that they either don’t want to share their work out of fear that somebody will steal it, or think that they know everything about editing and grammar.
Even if you are a former English teacher, we recommend that you get another person to read and edit the work. As the author, you are too close to the work, so having a second, third, or fourth set of eyes looking at the manuscript will pay off, resulting in a much better final product.
When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?
If it’s not each other, then it’s usually the online book groups we belong to. Somebody in those groups will know the answers, or tell us how to find out.
When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.
The sequel to Unremarkable is currently being written, and we are hoping for an early 2019 release. It is called Untouchable and continues Saul’s story.
We have a fantasy crime fiction novel called Wrath of the Fury Blade that was released in April 2018. The sequel to it is also in the works.
Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?
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