"Seeming pre-wrapped, with their silver covers, and retro design, you'll want both of these delightful mini-cookbooks [Piece Of Cake and Easy As Apple Pie], not just for your mom, but for your mother-in-law, your sister and your dear old auntie! … How much information can fit into one of these cuties? Well, these pack a wallop! … Another thing I like about these books are the easy-to-read steps, and every once in awhile, a good quote… Whether you're interested in a fun new baking book or two, or want to find the perfect gift for mom, these little cookbooks are games."
Laurie Strock, Cookbook Digest, June 2004
"For a short retro romp with rolling pin in hand, all you need is Caroline Barty's Easy as Apple Pie. … Vintage 1950's photos enhance the retro feel and recall the days before microwaves and instant everything."
Bookpage, May 2004
"For a nostalgic look at the art of old-fashioned cooking, this little book has a lot to offer. … The vintage photos from the 1950's … reflect an era that was as American as apple pie. The author tries to get homemakers away from the microwave and back to traditional ways of preparing comfort foods."
Country Almanac, October / December 2004
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Forget the convenience food and microwave meals. It’s time to get back to basics and remember just how easy and enjoyable it is to bake your own delicious pies! With over 40 tantalizing recipes to inspire you, treat your family and friends to some real home cooking with these mouth-watering pies, tarts, crumbles, and strudels.
There’s no better example of a nation’s food than its signature pie dish: from the classic American apple pie to the British fruit crumble, from the French tarte Tatin to the Austrian Linzertorte—and this book has them all. So shake the dust off the rolling pin and get baking because it really is as Easy as Apple Pie!
What could smell as delicious and comforting as a luscious home-made apple pie baking in the oven? A perfect pie is the ultimate comfort food. Pies evoke memories of the wholesome food our grandmothers used to make, but they also deserve a place on the modern dinner table as delicious and exquisite dinner party desserts.
These irresistible recipes are accompanied by vintage photographs from the 1950s that recall the days of home baking. Authentic images from baking contests, country fairs and harvests sit alongside humorous quotations and interesting excerpts about the traditions and festivities associated with America’s most famous food festivals.
With simple step-by-step instructions and helpful tips on handling pastry, baking blind, and the best pastry methods, all you need is a bit of confidence and practice and you’ll soon be baking your own perfect pies.
Caroline Barty is a freelance food writer, stylist and home economist. She has written several successful cook books. Caroline is a regular contributor to several food and lifestyle publications, including Caledonia, Good Cooking with Gary Rhodes and You magazine. She has also created a range of recipe cards for Waitrose, the major U.K. supermarket chain. Caroline lives and works in London.