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American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads Paperback – April 1, 2003
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“[American Pie] will move pie enthusiasts to dust off their rolling pins and get busy.” (Chicago Tribune)
“As satisfying as a slice of homemade pie...an armchair traveler’s heaven.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“American Pie is to be savored, slice by slice, chapter by chapter.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
“A rich, satisfying account of one woman’s cross-country search for the age-old dessert.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Le Draoulec has an instinct for where the most interesting story might lie...as this book charmingly demonstrates.” (Washington Post Book World)
“Le Draoulec explores America’s relationship with pie with a journalist’s instinct and curiosity.” (Associated Press)
About the Author
Pascale Le Draoulec is the restaurant critic for the New York Daily News. Her stories ran over the Gannett wire service and in USA Today among other magazines and newspapers. She lives in New York City. This is her first book.
Top Customer Reviews
I am a cookbook writer and retired cooking school teacher and chef. My daughter and I had a restaurant where we featured a different homemade dessert every day. People came from miles around for these old-fashioned treats. Worn out knees forced me to throw in the towel. Also, I had quit having people over because I just can't do all the work that a real dinner entails.
This was such a simple solution. Just spend time on a couple of things that are showstoppers (the bread and the pie), put out some good wine, and you have it made. I thank the author for the inspiration.
The only thing I take issue with is that the author really had no personal criteria on which to judge pie. I am still trying to make the perfect pie crust, but I have made hundreds of attempts and had lots of near misses. In the South, Pie really is alive and well. We still go berry picking by the railroad tracks and have fruit trees in our yards. Pascale really needed me to ride along with her.
It is restaurants that are failing to deliver, and we let them get away with it. Most people, I agree, are too busy to protest mediocrity, much less make a pie.
She has never baked a pie herself. She does no research before her trip to ensure that she finds the most well-known pie joints during her drive cross-country. She knows next to nothing about baking and pies and doesn't bother to do any research before embarking on her trip. Her lack of interest and knowledge is evident in her interactions with interviewees -- no one opens up too much. There is no fact-checking -- she inserts a (sic) in Plimoth Plantation when this is in fact the correct spelling of the historical site. The final straw for me is when she basically stalks her way into an unsuspecting group's intimate Thanksgiving dinner. I couldn't spend any more time with this author after that, and tossed this book in the recycling.
This is a must read for someone craving light reading and a good slice of pie!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I truly enjoyed traveling with Pascale and her friends along Americas back roads in search of pie. I love pie and I love the recipes included. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It was an ok book. Not your fault that I didn't completely love it. Another required book for a book club.Published on January 27, 2013 by Kay Newman
A friend who taught me how to make homemade pie crust had given me the book after my wife died. I thought it a fun read and helps to make the point that we need more true homemade... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Malverniaman
This is a sweet story with some great recipes in it. Paired with a pie plate and pie weights and other "pie" things, it makes a great gift! Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Laurie A. Mcclester