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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089807
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Writer and poet Bryan follows up 2006's Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant Cookbook by zeroing in on the Virginia establishment's highly lauded desserts. Bryan's compilation of 65 recipes hits all the sweet spots, offering reliable standards like peach, blueberry, coconut cream and sweet potato pies, as well as caramel coconut, german chocolate and watermelon variations. Though most of the recipes are basic, achieving the perfect crust isn't; Bryan offers patient tutelage and step-by-step photos, but acknowledges that Mrs. Rowe's technique took years to master. Even experienced pie makers should pick up a trick or two; Virginia's Almost Impossible Coconut Pie, for instance, has no crust-the custard filling creates a firm outer layer when baked. Those looking to tweak their crust might want to consider cream cheese, which makes a tangier product than butter and flour alone. Bakers stymied by weeping meringues, meanwhile, will be comforted by the restaurant's "weepless" version, bolstered with salt and cornstarch. Seasoned pie pros and newbies will both find this ode to southern desserts a helpful and lasting resource.
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Writer and poet Bryan follows up 2006's Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant Cookbook by zeroing in on the Virginia establishment's highly lauded desserts. Bryan's compilation of 65 recipes hits all the sweet spots, offering reliable standards like peach, blueberry, coconut cream and sweet potato pies, as well as caramel coconut, german chocolate and watermelon variations. Though most of the recipes are basic, achieving the perfect crust isn't; Bryan offers patient tutelage and step-by-step photos, but acknowledges that Mrs. Rowe's technique took years to master. Even experienced pie makers should pick up a trick or two; Virginia's Almost Impossible Coconut Pie, for instance, has no crust--the custard filling creates a firm outer layer when baked. Those looking to tweak their crust might want to consider cream cheese, which makes a tangier product than butter and flour alone. Bakers stymied by weeping meringues, meanwhile, will be comforted by the restaurant's "weepless" version, bolstered with salt and cornstarch. Seasoned pie pros and newbies will both find this ode to southern desserts a helpful and lasting resource. (July)
--Publishers Weekly, 6/8/09

"Those pies! Man, oh, man. Like no other. She made a butterscotch pie that we would buy whole and take up to my granny's in Bluefield, West Virginia. I can taste it now." --Kendra Bailey Morris, "Accidental Chef" columnist, Richmond Times Dispatch

More About the Author

Mollie Cox Bryan is a cookbook author with a penchant for murder. She is also the author of the Cumberland Creek Mysteries: SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS (nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2012)SCRAPPED, and the forthcoming DEATH OF AN IRISH DIVA. She is also the author of MRS. ROWE'S LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHERN PIES and MRS. ROWE'S RESTAURANT COOKBOOK; A LIFETIME OF RECIPES FROM THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY . She also is the author of a Kindle book HONEY, I'M SORRY I KILLED YOUR AQUASAURS (AND OTHER SHORT ESSAYS ON THE PARENTING LIFE.)

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Customer Reviews

Can't wait to try several of these recipes.
Linda Soto
When I first opened Mrs. Rowe's Little Book of Southern Pies I sat right down and read it straight through.
Marijean Jaggers
On the last visit, I purchased this book at the restaurant.
Michelle Gable

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M L Stockham on April 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was looking for a pie book that had southern feel and charm. I found it in this cookbook. The recipes are easy to understand and straight forward. No fluff in this book of recipes. I made the chocolate chess pie and it turned out great. This is my first experience with trying to make good pies and it was a winner. I have oodles of cookbooks, but when I want to make a pie, this cookbook is my first "reach". One helpful hint about the cookbook...Although each recipe states what size of pie, either 9" or 10", make sure your pie plate is not a deep dish. I have many stoneware pie plates and although the size is 9", I needed to double the recipe to make the filling thick enough to fill the pie to a desirable level. Like I said, I am a great cook, but pie making is new to me! Maybe an old pro would know these things or at least looked closely at the pictures! I would recommend this book if you are wanting to make some wonderful pies with no Fluff!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Robinson on August 1, 2011
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I wanted a cookbook just for simple classic pies and that is what I got. This book doesn't have any snooty pies only like; triple berry razzle dazzle caramel pie, only the classics that everyone should know. Apple, strawberry, peach, coconut cream, banana cream, strawberry daiquiri, Grasshopper, shoofly and mincemeat pies are all found in this book.

I enjoyed reading about Mrs. Rowe and her restaurant mainly because I know that these recipes are used on a regular basis by a professional. There are lots of little tips such as meringue pies should have more slices cut than a fruit pie, this is something I didn't know but it makes sense.

This is now my go to book when making pie and because of all the tips I would recommend this to a novice baker.

There are 6 pie crust recipes.
21 fruit, berry and nut pies
18 cream and custard pies
9 frozen and icebox pies
and 8 cupboard pies, these can be kept at room temperature
plus a couple sauces, whipped cream and meringue recipes.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grace Bird on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the treasures in my collection of recipe books. It's more than just another book of nice desserts - it has interesting little tidbits and useful tips and instructions to ensure that your pies turn out perfectly. This little book has a whole section simply devoted to Crusts and Toppings and then the recipes - utterly delicious!!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kathy C on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've tried several of the recipes in your cookbook and like them all, but it would be worth the price of the book and more JUST for the blackberry pie recipe. I LOVE that! I've made it using black raspberries, red raspberries, and this week, blackberries. I'm not a big blackberry fan, typically, but in this pie--wow! I am hooked!

Thank you for your wonderful little book! It's a delight to hold b/c of it's size, the photographs are enticing, and the finished products--mmmmm...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CC on October 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had Barnes and Noble get this book in the store for me so I could preview it before I bought it. When I arrived to pick it up the girls working there were so excited to see who ordered the book. They had all been oohing and aahing over the recipes. I asked if I could take it and look it over first before I made a decision. The very first recipe I opened it to was the German Chocolate pie. I bought the book for that recipe. It was a huge hit at the local restaurant that I bake for. I've used several other recipes from the book, but this recipe is worth the whole purchase price. And I don't eat or care for chocolate, but my husband does.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Del K. Surrett on July 18, 2009
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A great small concise, easy to follow recipes that we have tried and both were as good as the discription. Looking forward to trying other recipes as I feel confident that they will be equally good. An excellent book for the novice baker.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Gable on April 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having visited Mrs. Rowe's fine establishment when visiting my mother on multiple occasions, I highly recommend anything from Mrs. Rowe. (Her original cookbook is one of four which have remained on my shelf.) On the last visit, I purchased this book at the restaurant. I (and my friends and family) have loved every pie I made from its recipes. The crust is the easiest and tastiest of any recipe I've tried to date. I have rarely experienced success with crusts until now. The method is clearly explained and easy to follow. If you love pie, get this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristie H. Cross on May 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There's a reason this little book is #1 on the list. It's fabulous. Even if you never make one of the pies the photographs, the writing, and the presentation make it a must-have for any cookbook collecton. And if you do decide to make the pies they are delicious! My favorite so far is the Strawberry Sour Cream Pie-outstanding!
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