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Fall is officially here and Thanksgiving is right around the corn. You know what that means? Pie season. This is also the time of year to cook something special for your family and friends. Pies tend to put smiles on faces and make the perfect gift. They come in sweet or savory forms and fill homes (and souls) with warmth and scrumptious aromas. Here are new pie-centric cookbooks that novice and seasoned bakers alike will enjoy.
The Book of Pie: Over 100 Recipes, from Savory Fillings to Flaky Crusts
Released by Cider Mill Press, "The Book of Pie" dives into the history of the baked good and boasts about turning home chefs into seasoned pie professionals. It features several hand pies and savory recipes that require 30 minutes or less prep work, some with gluten-free options. The mouthwatering images are sure to excite the palate, especially the cocoa crust, mandarin meringue pie, and the mushroom hand pies.
Pie for Everyone: Recipes and Stories from Petee's Pie, New York's Best Pie Shop
Petra Paredez, co-owner of New York City's Petee's Pie Company and Petee's Café, grew up in the pie business that her parents started in 1981. She creates "Pie for Everyone" using ingredients that are local, seasonal, or special. You can too with this cookbook. It consists of baking techniques and over 80 recipes that include vegan, gluten-free, and whole-grain options. The last chapter offers guidelines for making ice cream and other toppings such as maple whipped cream, butterscotch sauce, and homemade sweetened condensed milk.
Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, With Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More; Expert Techniques for Making Fabulous Pies From Scratch
"The Pie Academy" equips bakers at all levels with more than 250 recipes, some with step-by-step instructions and photos. Ken Haedrich, the "Dean" and founder of the online community with the same name, discloses his methods for making the perfect crust, cooking with fresh versus frozen fruit, and decorating pies. He raves about his pumpkin and sweet potato pies and encourages home pie makers to consider other fall classics like pear and cranberry.
Pie Style: Stunning Designs and Flavorful Fillings You Can Make at Home
Helen Nugent, a self-taught baker, posts her gorgeous pies on Instagram under @batterednbaked. Now, you can make your own stunning creations at home with her debut book. "Pie Style" provides recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and decorating tips like weave patterns, braids, and floral designs. The Walk in the Woods Salted Maple Caramel Apple Pie, the 2 of 3 Climbing Rose Peach Slab Pie, and the Summer Lemon Curd Fruit Wreath Tart are incredibly beautiful and inspiring.
The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies
Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker and Food52 baking consultant at large, shared a sneak peek video of "The Book on Pie" and it keeps the rhythm of various pies dancing in your head. Her cookbook includes ways to concoct flaky crusts and ideas for storage and freezing. The food stylist extraordinaire also recommends pie doughs and toppings with each recipe.
The Pie Room: 80 Achievable and Show-Stopping Pies and Sides for Pie Lovers Everywhere
In his debut cookbook "The Pie Room," Calum Franklin presents 80 sweet and savory pies and sides, which include photogenic recipes of panettone and gianduja pudding, the ultimate sausage roll, curried cauliflower and potato pastries, 'nduja-stuffed brioche, and stuffed sea bass en croute. The executive head chef at Holborn Dining Room in London also teaches home cooks how to roll pastry, line pie molds and decorate amazing pies with confidence.
Pie Camp: The Skills You Need to Make Any Pie You Want
Go to "Pie Camp" without leaving home. In this book Kate McDermott, a James Beard award finalist, provides you with the tools needed to conquer all. Her pictorial guide highlights the art of making dough, she helps you troubleshoot a custard that won't set, and includes a chapter dubbed Kitchen Cupboard Pies made from items you have on hand in the kitchen. With over 100 color photographs to peruse, you are bound to up your pie game.
Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate
Lauren Ko is an excellent "Pieometry" teacher. She shows you how to create your own multi-color pie creations by cutting fruit and dough into different shapes and sizes. All you need is a knife, a ruler, and patience. The Instagram pie genius serves up plenty of "pie candy" in this book as well as on her page. Both will have you mesmerized and drooling. Focus. Go forth and bake great things.
Pies Glorious Pies: Mouth-Watering Recipes for Delicious Pies" by Maxine Clark
This cookbook divides over 50 pie recipes into practical categories to help you navigate the pages. Select from Everyday Pies, Posh Pies, Portable Pies, and Sweet Pies depending on your mood or occasion. Whatever you decide, stylist Maxine Clark has your back with 30-plus years of experience in the food industry. She prepares you with the right equipment and illustrates pastry-making techniques so that you can produce a plethora of glorious pies.
You Wanna Piece of Me?: More than 100 Seriously Tasty Recipes for Sweet and Savory Pies
Don't mess with Jenell Parsons, owner of The Pie Hole, when it comes to this decadent dessert. She brings her a-game with "You Wanna Piece of Me?" It contains 100-plus pie recipes with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. It still covers luscious treats such as the apple brown butter rosemary pie, the bacon cheeseburger pie, and the fat Elvis (chocolate and bananas smothered in peanut butter whipped cream). Are you ready for your piece now?
What to Look for in a Pie Cookbook
Number of Recipes
If this is your first and only book about making pies—or you want it as a gift for someone who is new to pie-baking—a book with a maximum number of recipes can be a good primer. The number of recipes has less weight if the book is more specialized, for example a book about pie decorating, or if you are looking for originality and creativity. Books by renowned pastry chefs who are sharing their restaurant’s or shop’s coveted signature recipes typically contain fewer recipes than a comprehensive pie baking book.
Scope of Recipes
Most pie books cover both sweet and savory pies, from American classics and pies from other cuisines to the author’s own creations. If you follow a special diet or have dietary restrictions, check if the book also includes recipes for gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or whole-grain pies. It might also be important to you that the book includes recipes that can be done in a short time.
Almost all pie cookbooks have appetizing photos and those are certainly a great inspiration when deciding what to bake. But additional step-by-step instructions can be very helpful, too, not only if you are a beginner, but also for more complicated recipes.
Tutorials and Techniques
Some authors round off their recipes with instructions how to roll pie crust, pie decorating, and other tutorials related to pie baking, as well as troubleshooting tips. All of these add-ons are valuable especially for pie novices.
What makes something a pie?
A pie is a baked dish with a pastry dough and a sweet or savory filling. Pies can be single-crust with the crust at the bottom, or double crust, with a crust at the bottom and a crust covering the filling.
What are the four types of pie?
What is the most famous pie?
If you take the saying "as American as apple pie" literally, it’s the most famous pie in the United States. Other contestants are pecan pie, pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, and coconut cream pie.