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Art of the Pie
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Art of the Pie
A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life

One of 2016's BEST COOKBOOKS*, THE Pie-Baking Bible**, an INSTANT CLASSIC***, with raves from NPR, Oprah.com, USA Today, Bon Appetit, Cosmopolitan, Outlander Kitchen, and more

"A new baking bible." (*Wall Street Journal)
"If there's such a thing as a pie guru, it's Kate McDermott." (*Sunset Magazine)
"The next best thing to taking one of her classes."(*The Washington Post)
"Gorgeous...a dream of a cookbook." (*Eat Your Books)
"Heartwarming and funny...an instructive debut." (*Library Journal)
"Utterly exquisite, will steal your heart. RUN, don't walk, to order your copy. (**The Blender Girl)
"Not just on crusts and fillings but life itself. A keeper." (***Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Whether you're a seasoned pie hand or a beginner with more enthusiasm than skill, Kate's got you covered." (Dorie Greenspan)
"One of the best books written on the topic." (Publishers Weekly)

Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. This is the only PIE cookbook you need.

One of 2016's BEST COOKBOOKS*, THE Pie-Baking Bible**, an INSTANT CLASSIC***, with raves from NPR, Oprah.com, USA Today, Bon Appetit, Cosmopolitan, Outlander Kitchen, and more

"A new baking bible." (*Wall Street Journal)
"If there's such a thing as a pie guru, it's Kate McDermott." (*Sunset Magazine)
"The next best thing to taking one of her classes."(*The Washington Post)
"Gorgeous...a dream of a cookbook." (*Eat Your Books)
"Heartwarming and funny...an instructive debut." (*Library Journal)
"Utterly exquisite, will steal your heart. RUN, don't walk, to order your copy. (**The Blender Girl)
"Not just on crusts and fillings but life itself. A keeper." (***Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Whether you're a seasoned pie hand or a beginner with more enthusiasm than skill, Kate's got you covered." (Dorie Greenspan)
"One of the best books written on the topic." (Publishers Weekly)

Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. This is the only PIE cookbook you need.

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About the Author-
  • Kate McDermott is an award-winning self-taught home baker who has taught pie-making workshops to thousands across the United States. McDermott, her Art of the Pie camps, and her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Saveur, and on NPR, among other outlets. She lives in her Pie Cottage in Port Angeles, Washington. More information about Art of the Pie® Workshops and Pie Camps® can be found at artofthepie.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 1, 2016
    McDermott, a self-taught baker whose workshops have taught hundreds to make a proper pie, shares that knowledge more widely in one of the best books written on the topic. Those expecting a quick preamble followed by hundreds of pie recipes will be sorely disappointed—basic instructions take up a third of the book—but readers interested in the hows and whys of pie-making will find McDermott’s tutelage invaluable, as she offers in-depth coverage of pan selection (you can’t go wrong with glass), the proper fats (lard and butter are good choices), and selecting the right apples. Once readers have made their crust of choice (gluten free options are also included), they’re good to go, and McDermott’s recipes are straightforward. Beginners will appreciate simple recipes such as the Rustic Tart, which only calls for fresh fruit, sugar, and a little nutmeg, and will be glad that the majority of her fruit pies (blackberry, blueberry, peach, etc.) are essentially the same in terms of process and ingredients. Veteran bakers interested in expanding their repertoires will enjoy combinations such as apricot raspberry and apple cranberry walnut as well as inventive riffs (poached pear sour cream caramel pie, banana rum caramel coconut pie). But it’s really all about the standards, and with one glaring omission—sweet potato pie—McDermott excels, giving readers an informative guide they’ll be referring to for years to come.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from December 1, 2016

    Expert pie baker McDermott counsels readers to "work dough and life lightly," and this easygoing outlook pervades her eight chapters of sweet and savory pies, which include such delights as poached pear sour cream caramel pie with a crumb topping, concord grape pie, banana rum caramel coconut pie, and traditional English pork pies. There are more than a dozen pie doughs, including vegan, gluten-free, and fryer-friendly options. McDermott describes essential techniques (e.g., how to make and roll a traditional pie dough, how to weave a lattice top) in sensuous detail, using the encouraging tone of a close friend or relative. VERDICT Few pie cookbooks are as heartwarming and funny as McDermott's instructive debut.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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