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Humble Pie: Musings on What Lies Beneath the Crust Paperback – September 1, 2005
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lives lost and loves gained and generations passed and present. Her discursive essay on apple varieties is especially interesting, as well as her view of crust and the somewhat frightening use of pie-cutting methods as a Rorschach test of personality types in men. A great book for the holidays!
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
Part cookbook, part memoir, part journal made for some very tasty reading for me. I was hesitant to review this book, fearing I couldn't due justice to the amount of love M's Dimock pours into this book. It's the journey she takes for her mother's funeral and how it is all tied together by pies.
The memories of her mother and grandmothers' pie making abilities are beautiful. I felt I was talking to a friend. Her advice on how to tell what kind of a husband a man will make based on the way he eats homemade pie is funny but enlightening at the same time. And the recipes that are scattered through out the book are very good.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a cook's personal journey regarding making pies as well as to someone who wants to beef up his/her pie making skills. There are some tips in the book you'd only know if you had baked dozens of pies.
It's a lovely memoir, not overly sentimental, and to me, it was interesting through out the whole book. I often wonder why some people are drawn to make pies or cookies or whatever. What motivates a person to specialize in that particular baking field? And of course, with the easy availability of store bought pies, some people think "why bother"? But baking a pie isn't just about feeding people - it's about creating love to be shared with people. You're not going to spend your time baking for people you don't like, it would be ridiculous. M's Dimock's love of her family and pies shine through every page in this book.
Buy it, read it, make some pies and memories.
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. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michelle Boytim
This is a beautiful story! I am a pie queen myself, but love rereading this book every few years during pie season. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Suppertime diva
It was a short read...mostly a memoir with a few basic recipes. I was disappointed that there were not more recipes.Published on July 13, 2010 by Avid Reader
Entertaining and instructional on a very American tradition. Humor combined with information. A great short read!Published on February 11, 2009 by making7