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The subtitle says it all. McDermott presents dozens of delicious recipes for pie-loving home bakers in this follow-up to Southern Cakes. With a light hand, McDermott brings in just enough history and context to help bakers appreciate her recipes without fattening her book with too much text. Leigh Beisch's photography adds to the appeal, though some shots of ingredients should have made way for more pictures of actual pies. McDermott splits her plenty in two--chess (Buttermilk, Sweet Potato, Old-School Custard Pies, and others) and chocolate, and includes a helpful lesson on making crusts (or buying them, if need be). McDermott has an obvious affection for the Southern men and women (and their cookbooks) that inspired her recipes, but the proof of the pudding is in the pies themselves. If Peaches and Cream, Hungry Mother Spicy Peanut, Black Bottom, or Muscadine Grape Hull don't whet the appetite, keep reading. With over 60 pies included, even the most finicky pie-eater will find a fare share of "must-bake" recipes. Photos. (Oct.)
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"If you love pie, this book is a winner." -- Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186992X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869928
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancie McDermott is a North Carolina native, born in Burlington, raised in High Point, and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand gave her a lifelong love for the cuisines, history and cultures of Asia, and she has spent the last twenty years cooking, reading, traveling, writing, and teaching about Asian food. Her ten cookbooks focus on Asian kitchens, but since moving back home to North Carolina in 1999, she has taken time to look at the foods of the American South, the place she fell in love with cooking in her grandmother's dairy farm kitchen. Now living with her family in Chapel Hill, NC, she writes, researches, and teaches about both her beats, while serving as a contributing editor for Edible Piedmont magazine. Visit her blog at: nanciemcdermott.wordpress.com, to keep track of it pie by pie.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Linnell-Olsen on September 21, 2010
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This book full of pie recipes form all over the South has several mouth-watering recipes and beautiful photographs. There are pie recipes from old, out of print southern cookbooks, the author, and food writer's the author knows.
So far, I have only tried three recipes, the strawberry rhubarb pie, chocolate chess pie and chocolate angel pie.
The strawberry rhubarb was the best strawberry rhubarb pie I have ever made, and I bake several each year. I didn't have to prebake the crust or the filling, and it came out really good. The chocolate chess pie was creamy and good. The chocolate angel pie was my first angel pie ever. The chocolate layer really needs to be eaten with a bit of the meringue layer for all of the sweetness to work. I am still delighted with this book. None of the recipes so far have been disasters or bad. I made the Kentucky Bluegrass pie with Alaskan cowbush cranberries instead of regular cranberries, and it was wonderful.

The recipes in this book include chocolate pies, Nation of Islam style bean pies, summer fruit pies, fall fruit pies, Chess pies, buttermilk and sweet potato pies. There is a section describing how to make pie crusts. Readers have their choice of using butter, lard or canola oil crusts. The book is peppered throughout with real tips about baking pies and crusts.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Wilson on October 15, 2010
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I am a collector of pie recipe books. I found this book to be worthy to be in my collection . It has beautiful illustrations and interesting recipes .I would recommend Southern Pies for those who love to bake pies from the deep south region . The pies that I have made using recipes from this book , have been great, and my family loved them !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jenni M. Parks on May 19, 2013
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Every home cook has a few favorite cookbooks. You know the ones. The cookbooks are filled with easy to follow recipes that look amazing and taste even better. Full color photos accompany several of the recipes and much like a good restaurant, you can't go wrong no matter which item you choose from the offerings. Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes, From Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan by Nancie McDermott is just that kind of cookbook.

I got interested in recreating authentic southern pecan pie after I enjoyed the house recipe while dining at the Eclectic Café in Memphis, TN (you really must go there if you're passing through Memphis). I picked up Southern Pies in the hopes that at least one of the pecan pie recipes contained within could approximate the fantastic pie served at Eclectic Café. I wanted to save my formal review of the cookbook until I'd attempted the pecan pie recipe but the results of the two recipes I have already tried have been so great that I didn't want to sit on my opinions any longer.

Hubby and I baked the Strawberry Rhubarb Lattice Pie a couple of weeks ago. The pie was perfectly sweet- not cloying but not tart either (if you like a more sour flavor you can cut the sugar back). It was also very pretty. It got such rave reviews in our house that we made it again last week for our brother and sister-in-law in Seattle while visiting them. I roped in my nephew as my sous chef and in no time at all the whole family was chowing down on the still warm pie fresh from the oven.

Earlier this week I tackled the Amazing Coconut Pie. This is a custard based coconut pie that forms its own crust during the baking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheri Smith on October 3, 2011
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'Southern Pies' has the most beautifully photographed pictures I've ever seen of actual results I have ever seen in a cookbook! This gem of a cookbook is well written with easy to follow recipes. One of my many favorites is the 'Hungry Mother Spicy Peanut Pie'. There are so many interesting recipes in this book -- with results that people talk about! Serve a pie at a social gathering & sit back as your friends experience each mouth-watering bite--you will hear the "I want seconds but there's none left, who brought the pie, I want this recipe, did you try the pie" chatter and be the talk of the party!

This beautiful book has thick, semi-glossy, splatter resistant pages for messy cooks like myself! It will stays open without force, making it easy to follow while cooking. The pages wipe clean easily as well. When splatter or spills occur, just wipe it clean before it dries.I love that! That feature is my another favorite of mine - second only to the astonishingly beautiful pictures.
If I owned a restaurant, I would frame the photos and mount in sight of each hungry customer! Offer them to purchase "to go" if you live in a resort area...people on vacation love having pies on hand without having to cook!

Seriously, 'Southern Pies' is worth buying for the pictures alone, a feature that makes it great gift for any recipe book lover. A must have for a cookbook lover's library.

Oh! About the recipes...
The recipes are well organized and the outcome of every one I've tried has been a big hit! Try serving the 'Muscadine Grape Hull Pie' at a social gathering - you might hear something like "somebody's Momma must be in the kitchen"! We southerners love our muscadines and this is the first time I've seen a recipe for muscadine HULLS! A 5 star winner!
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