The Book on Pie Cookbook Review

The Book on Pie Cookbook Review

Title: The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies
Author: Erin Jeanne McDowell
Published: November 10, 2020, Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
No. of Pages: 352
Cover Price: $32.00 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

Just in time for Thanksgiving, The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell is being released. This book is amazing. It includes ideas for pies that have never been thought of, and there are dozens of new ideas for pie makers who are experienced, and also beginners. The vast number of recipes for pie crusts alone are impressive; who knew there were so many different crusts. Recipes for toppings are also impressive and include dozens of new ideas, including glazes. The book includes a chapter on decorating pies, including lattices, cutouts, etc., which will make every baker stop and rethink their latest pie project.

Of course this book is all about the actual pies, and McDowell has outdone herself with not only traditional pies, but also unique and innovative pies that will amaze even the most skeptical pie makers. McDowell definitely thinks outside the box. There are so many types of pies – fruit, syrup, custard, meringue, etc.; they are mouthwatering. And there are several savory pies, too, that look delicious. The instructions are succinct and easy-to-follow, and they actually work.

Another plus to this cookbook is the beautiful photographs of the pies. Not only are the pies gorgeous, but they are obviously actual pies made in a kitchen with a few flaws just like the pies we will be making in our homes. (I’m always suspicious when photographs are absolutely perfect, because we all know that no recipe comes out as flawless and is often retouched). The photographer, Mark Weinberg has done a phenomenal job and will make readers and bakers excited to choose something to bake.

There is something for everyone in this beautiful pie cookbook. It is one that every baker should keep on their shelves.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book

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