It took me less than 10 minutes to google some interesting facts about this author and his book. First of all, the book cannot be imported into Canada. I didn’t discover why. Most importantly, the author is a New York City native who lives in Manhattan.
This suggests to me that the author is engaged in promoting his home region, using pizza as a tool. As a native Illinoisan now living in San Francisco, I’m afraid you’re going to find nearly an entire nation who will have a good laugh at New Yorkers’ expense. We’re all so glad that you like your home turf best. We’re all so glad you stick with "your own kind" when you visit Phoenix. When the New Yorkers visit San Francisco, they’re so careful to visit places that they assume are "just like New York" that all the best places–and all the natural environment we so treasure that New Yorkers reject–are left for us to enjoy. So, while I find the author’s comments to be insulting, if it keeps snobs out of Chicago pizzerias and Muir Woods, it’s AOK with me.
My brother, who still lives in Chicago, makes wonderful deep dish pizza. When in Italy, he tried the Italian street food that’s distantly related to the American dish, pizza, and said it wasn’t very good, while he loved other Italian food.
Michael, posting that article was fine. Still, did you intend to insult Chicagoans and their pizza?