Celebrate Cherry Pie Day (February 20th) with these to pie for books!
Art of the pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermott
“Pie making should be simple and fun. Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. In Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options) with instructions for making, rolling, and baking them, as well as detailed descriptions for ingredients, methods, and tricks for making fillings. Organized by type of fruit, style of pie, and sweet versus savory, recipes range from apple to banana rum caramel coconut, raspberry rhubarb to chicken potpie. Along with luscious photography, McDermott makes it very easy to become an accomplished pie maker. This is the only PIE cookbook you need.” – Publisher description.
Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies by Cathy Barrow
“James Beard Award Nominee 2019 for Best Cookbook: Baking and Desserts The delicious new food trend of slab pies that makes it easy to serve sweet or savory pastry to a crowd-or just your family! For those of you who aren’t up on your Pinterest food trends, slab pie is just like regular pie-only better (and bigger)! Instead of crimping and meticulously rolling out a round crust, slab pies are an unfussy twist that are perfect for a potluck or dinner party or just a family dinner. Baked on sheet pans, slab pies can easily serve a crowd of people dinner or dessert. Pie Squared includes seventy-five foolproof recipes, along with inventive decoration tips that will appeal to baking nerds and occasional bakers alike. And this fresh, uncomplicated take on pie will surely pique the interest of those who have previously been reluctant to take out their rolling pin. Barrow didn’t invent slab pie, but she definitely thinks outside of the crust. In addition to traditional pie dough, she offers more than a dozen crust recipes-from cracker crusts and cornbread crusts to cookie crusts and cheddar cheese crusts. Using these as a base, Barrow then entices readers with both savory and sweet slab pie creations, with recipes like Spinach, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Slab Pie and Curried Chicken Slab Pie to Sour Cream Peach Melba Slab Pie and Grande Mocha Cappuccino Slab Pie. The first book of its kind, this will appeal to lovers of easy food trends like sheet pan suppers and dump cakes. Don’t be surprised when you start spying slab pies at your next potluck!” – Publisher description.
Vintage Pies: Classic American Pies for Today’s Home Baker by Anne Haynie Collines
“From Wet Bottom Shoo Fly Pie to basic American Apple Pie, you’ll find them all–transparent pies such as Butternut Maple; cake pies such as Quakertown Pie; custard pies such as Union Pie; cream pies such as Cherry Cream Pie; and fruit pies such as Crabapple Pie. Each recipe has been carefully tested and brings with it a veritable trip down memory lane. Pies have graced American tables from the days of the Pilgrims, and variations have evolved into regional favorites around the country. Now you can recreate those pieces of history in your own kitchen.” – Publisher description.
Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate by Lauren Ko
“The pie-making genius behind the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen reveals the secrets of her mind-blowing creations in this gorgeous full-color cookbook featuring 50 incredible sweet and savory pie and tart designs In a few short years, Lauren Ko made all hell bake loose, going from novice pie baker to internet star and creator of today’s most surprising and delightful pie and tart designs. Her unique geometric style uses fruit and dough cut and woven into stunning shapes to highlight color and texture. With an elegant symmetry that matches their knockout flavor, her dazzlingly intricate and inventive designs look difficult to produce, but can be achieved with little more than a knife, ruler, and some patience. In Pieometry, Lauren reveals her secrets, sharing stories about her designs and the inspiration behind them. Warm and funny, she recounts the spectacular piesasters that led to some of her best creations, and breaks down her most beautiful designs, describing how to make naturally-colored dough, intricate weaves, and striking cut-out patterns. Pieometry provides clear, step-by-step instructions, accompanied by helpful photographs, which any patient baker can follow to build these pies from bottom crust to top in their own kitchens.” – Publisher description.
The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie : Deluxe Recipes by Paula Haney
“When Paula Haney first opened the Hoosier Mama Pie Company on March 14, 2009 (Pi day, appropriately enough), she worried whether her new business could survive by specializing in just one thing. When she opened her storefront that morning and saw a line around the block, she realized she had a more immediate problem: had she made enough pie? Specializing in hand-made, artisanal pies that only use locally sourced and in-season ingredients, Hoosier Mama Pie Company has become a local favorite and a national destination gaining praise from Bon Appetit , the Food Network, and Food & Wine as one of the top pie shops in the country. Now, The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie delivers all the sumptuous secrets of buttery crusts, fruity fillings, creams and custards, chess pies, over-the-top pies, and even the stout and hearty savory pie. The practically oriented, easy-going, and accessible style of this book will help bakers both new and old make the perfect pie for every occasion. On top of all of this, The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie also includes tips on technique, fascinating historical anecdotes, and an emphasis on special seasonal recipes, as well as quiches, hand pies, and scones.” – Publisher description.
The Southern Pie Book by Jan Moon
“All-new, seasonal pie recipes from Jan Moon’s kitchen fill this cookbook with comfort and beauty. Readers won’t be able to wait to start baking pies with flavor combinations that will surprise and tarts that will impress. With easy-to-follow instructions, handy tips, exchangeable components, and gorgeous full-page images, readers are only a rolling pin and a whisk away from a warm and delicious slice of pie. Jan shares her collection of pies, tarts, cobblers, and more that have been perfected in her own Dreamcakes Bakery. Over 150 recipes are included with gorgeous full-color images all in clearly defined categories so readers can easily navigate this book to find the recipes that inspire them. A chapter devoted to baking equipment and basic techniques gives beginning bakers a head start, while Baker’s Secrets and Simple Switches are sprinkled throughout to give even the more experienced pie-baker a new tip or twist. With a varied selection of recipes from elegant tarts and rustic gallettes to familiar meringue pies and comforting fried pies, readers will pour over the dozens of possibilities to wow family and friends.” – Publisher description.
Easy as vegan pie : one-of-a-kind sweet and savory slices by Hannah Kaminsky
“Author Hannah Kaminsky writes, “It’s time to end the stereotype that merely making crust can bring a newcomer to their knees, placing pies on an unattainable pedestal that scares away those who simply hunger for a slice of comfort. Bring pie back to the table where it belongs, accessible to anyone with the desire to throw down a bit of flour and watch it transform by way of some ancient alchemy into something delicious in the oven.” Featuring more than one hundred simple but scrumptious recipes, Easy as Vegan Pie offers alternatives to America’s favorite dessert, normally heavily laden with butter, eggs, and other animal products. The recipes in this book take some unexpected twists, offering vegan bakers a whole new pie experience. The gorgeous photography will lure bakers to try chocolate chipotle sweet potato pie, skinny mint tart, caramel macadamia crumb pie, and pomegranate pecan pie. Savory treats are well-represented as well, with Thanksgiving quiche, primavera pot pies, and wasabi pea pie, among others. Kaminsky offers an unprecedented treat for vegan bakers, providing a unique and inspiring mix of culinary adventure and down-home comfort food.” – Publisher description.