The pies have it in new books

“Perfect Pies: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes From America’s Pie-Baking Champion.”


A couple of weeks ago, I ate a sugar-dusted, lattice-crusted hand-size berry pie from WildFlour Pastry and I've had pie on my mind ever since.

Pie, pie, pie humming along to the tune of that old Johnny Cash refrain "Drive, drive, drive ..." Can you hear it calling?

"Perfect Pies: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes From America's Pie-Baking Champion." Owner and pastry chef of two popular pie shops in Connecticut, Michael Stuart has won 26 National Pie Championship Awards, mostly in first place. The book moves from a chapter on making crusts to chapters on different genres of pie: farmstand pies, nut pies, cream pies, party pies and savory pies. There also is a chapter on sauces and whipped creams. Among those that brought home the prizes are Candy Apple Crumb Pie, Ultimate Banana Split Pie, Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie and Sugar-Free Apple and Blueberry pies.

Hardcover. Ballantine Books. $25.

"Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory, and Adorable Recipes." Author Dani Cone is the founder and owner of three Seattle Fuel Coffee locations and High 5 Pie, where she developed her highly praised mini pies. I love these tiny two-bite minis, possibly because they keep me from eating more pie than I should. "Cutie Pies" features Cutie Pies, single serving sweet or savory pies baked in a standard muffin pan; Petit-5's, even smaller pies baked in minimuffin pans; Piejars (my favorites), minipies baked right in a Mason jar; Flipsides, handmade turnovers; and piepops -- pie lollipops, of course. A delightful book with so many fun pies to make. Hardcover. Andrews McMeel. $16.

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