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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161769102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617691027
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are about 100 good reasons to add First Prize Pies to your cookbook library. However, it is the recipe (and photo) for Nutella Pie that will forever be burned into your subconscious. It's the kind of thing that will haunt your sweet dreams for the rest of your life."
(Matt Lewis, author of Baked, Baked Explorations, and Baked Occasions (2014))

"Make room for Allison's First Prize Pies. It's a necessary book—an encyclopedia of pie porn. Occasional pie bakers will be inspired and pie pros will be reinvigorated. If you don't make her Banana Split Ice Cream Pie at least once, then something is seriously wrong with you."
(Renato Poliafito, author of Baked, Baked Explorations, and Baked Occasions)

"Allison's pies, open and closed, fruit and nut, custard and cream, short, tall, rustic and refined, are the stuff of memory. Her recipes for from-the-heart pies are bound to become the sweet dreams of a generation."
(Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table)

"With detailed instructions and delicious, inventive recipes by the always delightful Allison Kave, this book will convince you that not only can you bake a pie, you should bake a pie; if you're smart, you must do it right now. FedEx me a slice of Samantha Bee when you're done."
(Samantha Bee, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)

"First Prize Pies offers pies for every major life occasion: The Kentucky Derby. Halloween. The After Party. The Morning After. There is always—always!—a need for these pies."
(Johnny Iuzzini, author of Dessert FourPlay)

“The flavors are fun and, as the title implies, inventive, and they will get you out of any kind of pie rut in which you may currently be languishing.”
(Eater National)

About the Author

Allison Kave is the founder of the made-to-order First Prize Pies pie shop on the Lower East Side. In 2012 she and partner Keavy Blueher opened Butter & Scotch, a dessert and cocktail business based in Brooklyn. She has taught pie making at the French Culinary Institute and the James Beard Institute.

More About the Author

Allison Kave is the founder of the made-to-order First Prize Pies pie company in New York City. She has taught pie making at the French Culinary Institute and the James Beard Foundation, and her pies have been featured in Food & Wine, Saveur, The New York Times, and on the Cooking Channel.

Allison is also a co-owner of Butter & Scotch, soon to be Brooklyn's first dessert & cocktail bar. Learn more at www.butterandscotch.com.

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The pictures are beautiful.
E. Deeb
My daughter and I chose this cookbook out of several, and are extremely satisfied with it.
Geraldine Ahearn
I'm looking forward to making many of these scrumptious pies!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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While I own a collection of cookbooks, I needed one filled with recipes just for pies, and homemade pie crusts. My daughter and I chose this cookbook out of several, and are extremely satisfied with it. We are amazed by the top quality of this book, and all the information it offers. It is also a very enjoyable book, packed with inspiring stories.

The Introduction tells the story of how and where it all began, with a love for cooking and baking, passed down from one generation to another. The delightful stories take the reader to many places across the globe, and shows you about the family inspiration of baking in New York, from winning pie-baking contests, to becoming a famous culinary business owner.

Allison Kave gives information on the essential kitchen needs and tools to have on hand. In addition, the author shares her own pie secrets with helpful tips, and tricks. I learned a great deal on making a variety of mouth-watering pie-fillings, and crusts. We also learn how to create different mouth-watering toppings, and the essential ingredients to make perfect pies, and crusts.

Some of the Key Ingredients for good pie crusts are: Flour; Sugar; Cream & Milk; Eggs; butter; Salt. Many of the ingredients needed for pie crusts are common. The Tools Of The Trade section, along with learning how to make many different types of pie crusts are very interesting.

Some of the mouth-watering recipes include: Spiced Fig Pie; Chocolate Lavender Teatime Pie; Avocado Cream Pie; smoked Almond Pie; Sesame-Honey Pie; Lemon Cream Pie; Salty Caramel Pie; Strawberry Rhubarb Pie; Mint Julep Cream pie; and many more. A bonus for me was to learn how to make delicious, Candied Mint Leaves. They not only taste good, but are attractive on the toppings such as cream topping.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi Kitchen on May 13, 2014
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Okay, so I've only had this book for a few days and I've only baked one pie so far. But it was the Toasted Coconut Cream Pie. And it was a sensational success. It was easy to make (one pre-baked pie shell, fill with cooked custard and cool) so it was my mother's day treat to myself to hang out in the kitchen and make a delicious dessert pie to indulge in that night! And I loved the combination of toasted coconut and coconut cream. I admit, I'm a sucker for anything coconutty, but still this was good. My husband loved it, my six year old loved it, and even my fussy four year old is asking when can we make it again. I'll downgrade my rating from five stars if I find some hit-and-miss recipes - but for now I'm really happy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick on June 6, 2014
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Without a doubt, this is the best pie book I have ever owned. I love making pies as a hobby, and my wife gave me this book on my birthday. I am simply blown away by this book. The pie recipes are spot on, and the crust recipes are dynamite. I thought I was making decent pies before I bought this book, but now I feel like my pies are over the top now. I cannot recommend this book more. Also, aesthetically, the book is really nice and has great pictures throughout. If you like making pies or want to learn, you will not be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie Miller on April 28, 2014
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This book has step-by-step directions, wonderful photos and truly unique and inventive recipes for great seasonal pies. Allison has done a beautiful job both putting the book together and developing pie recipes that are imaginative and delicious. Her addition of personal anecdotes makes it a book to sit down and leaf through even if you aren't in a baking mood, but by the end of the second month, you will be ready to put on your apron!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Deeb on May 25, 2014
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I love that the recipes are broken up by month to reflect what's in season and what's popular around those holidays. The recipes are fun - not your usual Pinterest collection. The pictures are beautiful. I also love the details showing how to get the perfect crust, among other helpful technique tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gigi on June 30, 2014
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I just got this book and was so impressed by just the look of it, that I had to sit down and write this review.
I baked my first pie when I was still a teenager, and it came out quite good for a first attempt, as I've matured though, I have become slightly intimidated by all things pie-like.
This book had me excited and ready to try my hand again.
I loved the look of the book as a whole, and the fact that there were a lot of pictures. Perhaps not a picture for every recipe but certainly for most. I like knowing what to expect(and there are pictures with helpful step by step instructions in some cases for that too), but also just being able to drool over the pictures themselves.
What I liked about this book most though was that the author divided her pies into months of the year, making it easier to decide on what pie to make depending on the seasons. Also I loved the fact that there were some very original recipes like the Licoricious pie recipe. (Really want to try that one!)
I wanted a book that took a slight detour from the classic fruit filled apple and cherry pies, and that's what I got in this book. Can't wait to dive right in!
For those pie lovers out there who are also looking for something off the beaten track, I think they'll find it in this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharalee Armstrong on May 27, 2014
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This book is informative as to why you should use certain ingredients. Very detailed as to how to make the best pies and crusts!
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