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Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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“Baking from Art of the Pie is like having pie maker Kate McDermott at your elbow, encouraging, instructing and cheering you on. Whether you’re a seasoned pie hand or a beginner with more enthusiasm than skill, Kate’s got you covered.”
- Dorie Greenspan, award-winning author of Dorie’s Cookies
“I’ve been baking pies my entire life, but making them with Kate was a liberating experience. With pioneer spirit she throws the textbook out the window and comes up with absolutely perfect crust filled with fruit that actually sings to you, telling you when it’s ready to be removed from the oven.”
- Ruth Reichl, Former editor of Gourmet, Author of Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples among other titles
“Kate McDermott will not only teach you how to make a pie―and a damn fine pie at that―she’ll show you how the homey and grounding craft of baking contains important life lessons. Her expertise, creativity, and generosity abound in these pages. The Art of the Pie is destined to be one of those fruit-stained, dog-earred, spine-snapped books you’ll cherish for years.”
- David Leite, LeitesCulinaria.com
“I literally read it cover to cover. Kate’s recipes are logical and easy to follow, her hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker. Her level of expertise is through the roof, and her confidence shines through in everything she says.”
- Theresa Carle-Sanders, author of Outlander Kitchen
“In Art of the Pie, Kate McDermott, a home baker who teaches Pie Camps across the country, shares dozes of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up. What really blew our mind was her recipe for a gluten-free nutty no-bake crust that we want to eat with a gooey chocolate filling at the next pie opportunity. (Note to self: Create more pie opportunities.)”
- Bon Appetit
“Though I’ve never had the pleasure of taking one of her pie camp classes, reading her books is the next best thing. Yes, you can pick up the book, turn to a recipe and make something delightful. But reading it is like hanging out with Kate, warm, inviting and comforting.”
- Irvin Lin, Marbled Swirled, and Layered
“Kate McDermott is a pie maker’s pie maker, someone who knows the ins and outs of pie in a way few others do. She brings several decades of experience to her beloved craft. More importantly, however, she exudes the passion and joy we all hope to see in our mentors―the obvious reason that her pie camps and workshops regularly sell out. Kate’s on my short list of the best pie teachers around.”
- Ken Haedrich, Author of Pie and Dean of The Pie Academy
“One of the fondest memories of my life is baking pies with Kate. This extraordinary woman makes magic in the kitchen. Not only did she give me the skills to make spectacular treats for my family and friends, I learnt about love and life. Now, you can, too! And, with Kate, it’s as easy as pie…”
- Tess Masters, author of The Blender Girl and The Blender Girl Smoothies
“McDermott, a self-taught baker whose workshops have taught hundreds how to make a proper pie, shares that knowledge in one of the best books written on the topic. Those expecting a quick preamble followed by hundreds of pie recipes will be sorely disappointed―basic instructions take up a third of the book―but readers interested in the hows and whys of pie-making will find McDermott’s tutelage invaluable…McDermott excels, giving readers an informative guide they will be referring to for years to come.”
- Publisher’s Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW*
“Kate McDermott is a masterful, no, magical teacher. She reminds us that pies, like human beings, don’t have to be perfect, all the while showing us in perfect detail how to make a truly great pie.”
- Elise Bauer, SimplyRecipes.com
About the Author
Kate McDermott, James Beard Award–nominated author of Art of the Pie, teaches pie-making workshops across the United States. She has been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Saveur, and on NPR, among other outlets. She lives in her Pie Cottage in Port Angeles, Washington. More information about Art of the Pie® Workshops and Pie Camps® can be found at artofthepie.com.
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I find that with a lot of cookbooks that I lose interest halfway through. It can get tedious reading an array of instructions with measurements. But this book not only teaches you how to cook pie - it helps you a bit with living life as well. Kate's literary voice is like the kindly grandmother you may or may not have had. With patience and compassion she walks you through the steps of creating mind blowing (I literally ate half of the pie I baked the first time) pies and also walks you through what to do if things go awry. Remember: keep everything chilled - yourself included!
While the included recipes initially appear to be standards of traditional american pie making, she tosses in some british favorites as well, including a spectacular pork pie fully encased in authentic english hot water pastry. The recipes are heavily weighted toward the sweet, but there's enough savory to keep you busy through most of the winter months with supper pies. And, as in the beginning pastry chapters, each recipe is explained in a simple conversational manner that doesn't induce panic even if the pie god's don't feel like cooperating. Finally, the photography by Andrew Scrivani hits the sweet spot between realism and aspirational excess; which simply means the pics make your mouth water.
Some reviewers and editorial writers have read into the book's construct a perceived philosophy about how pie making is a metaphor for life. Perhaps Kate McDermott intended that to be the case, but I doubt it. I think she's simply a talented writer who has the gift of presenting her subject in a manner that marries a little about her, along with the practicality and satisfaction of seasonal baking. Martha Stewart she's not, but if she was your next door neighbor I suspect you'd like her a lot better. Do yourself a favor, buy this book before you get distracted; you won't regret it.
I didn't see many "new" recipes & a lot require lard. I know that this is an option but unless I am not looking in the right place, the author does not offer substitution recommendations. I'd take this one out of the library to see if it "speaks" to you.
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A really good book and she is wonderful.
It has made me less scared to make pies ... so far the recipies I have tried have been downright yummy !