Saturday, January 29, 2011


A sweet, flakey crust filled with warm, juicy there anything more comforting and delectable than pie? I adore pie. I attend pie festivals and pie parties. I like to eat pie, I like to bake pie, and I like to read about pie. Several years ago, I read a book that inspired me to learn how to make my own pies, crust and all. That book, American Pie : Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads, is a travelogue where the author, Pascale LeDraoulec, goes on a cross-country road trip in search of the country's most scrumptious homemade pies. She samples coconut cream, shoofly, huckleberry, and many others that made my mouth water with envy.

Of course, if you're going to become a pie baker, you'll need a good pie cookbook, and my favorite is Ken Kaedrich's Pie : 300 Tried-and-True Recipes For Delicious Homemade Pie. Try the cheddar-crusted apple-pear pie or the blackberry silk pie or the lemon chess pie, or really, probably just about any pie in this book. I've yet to have a bad pie from this compilation!

One other wonderful pie book for your consideration: Humble Pie : Musings on What Lies Beneath the Crust by Anne Dimock is what you might classify as a pie manifesto. She writes about what it means to be a Pie Maker, about the fulfillment and joy that come from wielding a rolling pin and crimping a crust.

Are you hungry now?Come on over to the library and pick up one of these books! Just try not to drool on the pages.

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