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The Pie and Pastry Bible begins with the crust. The author confesses right up front that 21 years ago, when she first began her quest for the perfect crust, "it was a complete mystery to me." She wasn't looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but something she could consistently turn out at a moment's notice. The ideal pie crust, she writes, "has light, flaky layers, but also ... is tender, and nicely browned, with a flavor good enough to eat by itself."
In a book that stretches to about 700 pages long, her favorite pie crust is the first recipe: Perfect Flaky and Tender Cream Cheese Pie Crust. Typically, Beranbaum lists the ingredients by measure and weight for three separate sizes of pies, then gives instructions for the food processor or by hand.
After 70 pages of pie crusts, tart crusts, and crumb pie crusts of every imaginable make and combination, Beranbaum starts with fruit pies. Her first (of many) detailed charts shows exactly what her ratios are of fruit to sugar to cornstarch. Then each recipe (start with The Best All American Apple Pie) includes pointers for success as well as several variations on the theme. Under the headline "Understanding," Beranbaum goes that extra mile by taking the trouble to explain just why something works the way it does.
If you are only going to own one cookbook for pie and pastry recipes of every imaginable stripe and combination, you can't go wrong with this one. It's the Bible, after all. --Schuyler Ingle
The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum is one of my favorite cookbooks.
This is a great book for the serious baker who wants to make perfect pies and pastries and understand the science behind it.
After I made my first pie from the Pie Bible, people were telling me it was the best pie they had ever had in their life!
Bought this as a birthday gift for my son's girlfriend, who plans to study culinary arts in college. She seemed to really love it and I'm looking forward to her baking! :-)Published 11 days ago by salliesmile
Excellent book, everything you need to know about Pie and Pastry.Published 2 months ago by Martha B Ashby
I bought Rose's 2 other books the Cake Bible & Heavenly Cakes. This does not fail in the expectation of thoroughness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aleli L Sibal
This is an excellent cookbook for baking as was Ms. Beranbaum's Cake Bible. This is a large, comprehensive book of 675 pages that includes savory as well as sweet pastries. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathleen Lucas