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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
This is a wonderful cookbook. Rather than just having recipes, there is a lot of instructional material in the book. As I am not an accomplished pie-maker, I appreciate that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book it gives great detail in the art of making pastry dough.it makes pastry making seem so relaxing and de-stressing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by san shay
Great resource! I ordered mine used, best loved book, barely able to part with it to loan to a friend. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pat
Favorite dessert. What more can you ask for than precise instructions and wonderful pies and pastry.Published 4 months ago by SJB
I've only made two recipes from this book so far but they were winners!Published 4 months ago by Diane M. Vicknair
I have an extensive cookbook collection...well over 300 volumes...half of which concern baking. This is my go-to book for pies every single time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Quiltlady
I've made about 5 different pies and they all came out amazing. It helped me make my first homemade apple pie and it was outstandingPublished 5 months ago by Patrick