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Anne Dimock grew up in a household where, she notes, "A dearth of good pie was a hardship I never encountered, never knew must be borne up by most folk." When she realized that the decline of the American pie civilization might be a harbinger of even deeper cultural problems, Anne became a woman on a mission to save pie from extinction. Dimock shares her thoughts on the Zen of making pie crust, the politics of pie, judging a man's character according to his pie protocol, state fair pie competitions, the kinship between pie and baseball, and the search for edible pie at roadside diners. Folksy and full of humor, Humble Pie is more than just an evocative journey through a life lived in pie. It is a culinary manifesto for a pie renaissance, inviting readers to take up their rolling pins and revive an endangered slice of American culture. Dimock advises us all to "Roll back the apprehension, the doubt, and enter the childlike state of grace where all things are possible and anything lost can be found again. The pie you seek resides not only in memory and imagination—your next piece of pie begins right here."

About the Author

 Anne Dimock writes and makes pies from her home in Afton, Minn. A creative writer working in prose, poetry, music, drama, and playwriting, Anne began the series that evolved into Humble Pie for the Afton Paper, where she was a monthly contributor. She has received awards, honors, fellowships, and residencies for her narrative nonfiction from the Loft Literary Center, Author's Venue, Tiny Lights, Ragdale Foundation, and the Minnesota Arts Board. In addition to her stewardship of the next generation of pie makers, Anne is a sought-after writer and speaker for women's cancer support audiences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740754653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740754654
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary E. Avila on September 29, 2005
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This book warms the heart and brings a smile to those who enjoy eating a good apple pie, or any pie for that matter. It's a must read for all who sit in awe of those who heed their calling to make these homemade masterpieces. The book won't prompt you to go out and buy pie .... it will elevate you to want to try to make one on your own!
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I love, love, love this book of, by, and for pie lovers!

Not a recipe book, though there are a few, this is a book of musings about pies and pie lovers, written by a woman who has deep roots in a pie-loving family. Full of pie-wisdom tidbits. You may want to read it with a highlighter handy.

(I speak as naturalized and devoted citizen of pie nation.)
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This is a combination of memoir and recipe book. The author discusses her connection to pie through her mother and grandmother and details her favorite pies. She also talks about the culture surrounding pie, from family tradition, the different frames of thought on pie (whether or not non-fruit, single crust pies are “true” pies or not), to county fairs and baking competitions. Interspersed in the chapters are musings on road trip diners and the loss of the homemade pie in these roadside stops. This is a short, but amusing take on the subject with a few poignant moments within the narrative.
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This is a beautiful story! I am a pie queen myself, but love rereading this book every few years during pie season. Anne's recipes, her family lore and helpful hints are entertaining to say the least. This is also a great gift book for anyone interested in trying their hand at fruit pies. Anne's step-by-step directions laced with humor, stories and quotations make the task into Pie Baking 101. I am a cookbook collector, but this book is my most well-worn, go-to during harvest season.
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the authors love for pies is contagious!
it has inspired me to try my hand at pies! Maybe because I am from Minnesota and the author writes about our Minnesota apples!
whatever, the reason, my husband and boys are VERY happy I found this book and a love for pie making
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This is a great little book, well written and amusing while also touching at times. Any pie lover or baker will appreciate her writing and the recipes. They also can decide if they have earned the title of "pie queen" (or king).
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It was a short read...mostly a memoir with a few basic recipes. I was disappointed that there were not more recipes.
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