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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740754653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740754654
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Anne Dimock grew up in a household where, she notes, "A dearth of good pie was a hardship I never encountered, never knew must be borne up by most folk." When she realized that the decline of the American pie civilization might be a harbinger of even deeper cultural problems, Anne became a woman on a mission to save pie from extinction. Dimock shares her thoughts on the Zen of making pie crust, the politics of pie, judging a man's character according to his pie protocol, state fair pie competitions, the kinship between pie and baseball, and the search for edible pie at roadside diners. Folksy and full of humor, Humble Pie is more than just an evocative journey through a life lived in pie. It is a culinary manifesto for a pie renaissance, inviting readers to take up their rolling pins and revive an endangered slice of American culture. Dimock advises us all to "Roll back the apprehension, the doubt, and enter the childlike state of grace where all things are possible and anything lost can be found again. The pie you seek resides not only in memory and imagination—your next piece of pie begins right here."

About the Author

Anne Dimock writes and makes pies from her home in Afton, Minn. A creative writer working in prose, poetry, music, drama, and playwriting, Anne began the series that evolved into Humble Pie for the Afton Paper, where she was a monthly contributor. She has received awards, honors, fellowships, and residencies for her narrative nonfiction from the Loft Literary Center, Author's Venue, Tiny Lights, Ragdale Foundation, and the Minnesota Arts Board. In addition to her stewardship of the next generation of pie makers, Anne is a sought-after writer and speaker for women's cancer support audiences.

Author's web site: www.annedimock.com/

More About the Author

Good pies to you!
"Humble Pie" is my first book, and I couldn't be happier about the response it has received. I've heard from so many people who've told me their family pie stories, and others who were so emboldened by the book that they went into the kitchen to make their first pie.

Besides "Humble Pie," I've written quite a few essays and articles published in magazines, newspapers and journals. I am also a playwright and have had a few productions of my work in the Twin Cities of Minnesota near where I live. Although I write about some serious subjects, I can't help but to leaven it with jokes, humor and wit.

I am a cancer survivor and have written a great deal about those experiences. I also wrote, produced and performed a one-woman show called "The Swimmer" based upon my experience with cancer. I plan to expand this and hope it will become my next book.

I live in Afton, Minnesota, a small town on the beautiful St. Croix river. I belong to a rowing club, and there is nothing I like more on a summer morning than to get up early and go rowing by myself or with one of my rowing buddies.

I have a husband, a daughter, and a dog - and I can't say which one I like the best.

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This is a great little book, well written and amusing while also touching at times.
Earnest knitter
Anne Dimock has written a delightful exercise on the importance of everyday life, and the foods that define much of its pleasure.
Carlisle F. Runge
I am a pie queen myself, but love rereading this book every few years during pie season.
Kathleen Van Dusen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carlisle F. Runge on November 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
Anne Dimock has written a delightful exercise on the importance of everyday life, and the foods that define much of its pleasure. While pie (mainly apple) forms its core, she writes affectionately and with deft assurance of

lives lost and loves gained and generations passed and present. Her discursive essay on apple varieties is especially interesting, as well as her view of crust and the somewhat frightening use of pie-cutting methods as a Rorschach test of personality types in men. A great book for the holidays!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rick Miracle on January 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a life-long Pie Maker (I'm 58 and learned how to make pies from my German grandmother when I was 9 years old), I couldn't believe my eyes when my husband gave me this book for my most recent birthday. In fact, I read it cover to cover and then baked an apricot pie! While I found the actual information quite useful (such as the treatise about different apples), it was the way Anne Dimock presents the philosophical, even spiritual, aspects of being a Pie Maker that really resonated with me. This is not just a cook book; it's a book that celebrates all things handmade, genuine, created through love and industry. We who are Pie Makers know what it means to mix together a dough that "feels" right; put together an interesting filling (I love apples and blackberries, and I'm "famous" among my husband's friends for my apricot pie), dot it generously with butter and place the top crust. And then the magic of opening the oven and being able to tell if the pie is done by the amount of bubbly juiciness. Yes, we Pie Makers need to celebrate our good fortune in having a book that now puts all our feelings and joys of making pies into words. If you're a Pie Maker, make this book the next one you read, preferably with a piece of your own delicious pie! Oh, and one more thing -- be sure and pass on your Pie Maker knowledge. My 6-year old grandson doesn't think it's a complete visit with "Grammie" unless we make a pie together. He has a couple of little pie pans (similar to the ones my grandmother gave me) so that he can make his very own pie and not have to share it with his 2 year-old sister!. I'll be reading Humble Pie to him on his next visit! -- Louise Miracle (Bloomington, IN)
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Avila on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book warms the heart and brings a smile to those who enjoy eating a good apple pie, or any pie for that matter. It's a must read for all who sit in awe of those who heed their calling to make these homemade masterpieces. The book won't prompt you to go out and buy pie .... it will elevate you to want to try to make one on your own!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R. Andersen VINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am not a "Queen of Pies" and probably I never will be. I am no where near baking the amount of pies Anne Dimock states a "Queen of Pies" has to bake. Plus I commit a terrible sin - some of my pies have only a bottom crust, some have meringue for the top.I could probably pull off a "Queen of Cakes" title though.
Part cookbook, part memoir, part journal made for some very tasty reading for me. I was hesitant to review this book, fearing I couldn't due justice to the amount of love M's Dimock pours into this book. It's the journey she takes for her mother's funeral and how it is all tied together by pies.
The memories of her mother and grandmothers' pie making abilities are beautiful. I felt I was talking to a friend. Her advice on how to tell what kind of a husband a man will make based on the way he eats homemade pie is funny but enlightening at the same time. And the recipes that are scattered through out the book are very good.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a cook's personal journey regarding making pies as well as to someone who wants to beef up his/her pie making skills. There are some tips in the book you'd only know if you had baked dozens of pies.
It's a lovely memoir, not overly sentimental, and to me, it was interesting through out the whole book. I often wonder why some people are drawn to make pies or cookies or whatever. What motivates a person to specialize in that particular baking field? And of course, with the easy availability of store bought pies, some people think "why bother"? But baking a pie isn't just about feeding people - it's about creating love to be shared with people. You're not going to spend your time baking for people you don't like, it would be ridiculous. M's Dimock's love of her family and pies shine through every page in this book.
Buy it, read it, make some pies and memories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine K. Ziff on June 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Friends from Stillwater Minnesota gave me this book two years ago. Last week I finally read it cover to cover in one sitting and determined to make two blueberry pies. I make a very good pecan pie, but my fruit pies have always been failures: too dry, too watery. Between the recipes and the stories, this book somehow inspires in a pie maker just the right touch. One feels personally escorted in the kitchen by Anne Dimock. My blueberry pies turned out perfectly and I was pleased to take one to a graduation party where it received many compliments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Stroup on February 11, 2009
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Entertaining and instructional on a very American tradition. Humor combined with information. A great short read!
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