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Me, Myself, and Pie (The Pinecraft Collection) Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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Sherry Gore is editor-in-chief of Cooking & Such magazine, the author of "Simply Delicious Amish Cooking", "Me, Myself and Pie" and a weekly scribe for the national edition of the Amish newspaper, The Budget, established in 1890. The National Geographic Channel featured Sherry prominently their documentary series, Amish: Out of Order. Sherry's culinary adventures have been seen on NBC Daytime, the Today Show, Mr. Food Test Kitchen, and Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates across the country. Sherry is a year-round resident of beautiful, sun-kissed Sarasota, Florida, the vacation paradise of the Plain People. She has three children and is a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church. When not spending time with her family, writing, or eating, Sherry is a cooking show host, and an official pie contest judge.
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For background, My mother is a follow the recipe to a tee person, she does not deviate from what is written, at least until she makes something the first time. She is not a novice baker especially with breads and pies but I would call her a hesitant baker. Although she may see something she feels isn't exactly right, she will still follow the recipe even against her own judgement.
Pros: I love that each pie has a picture next to the recipe, nothing is better than seeing what you are going to bake and what the results should look like. The contents are nicely arranged and the index is helpful. Pies range from run of the mill, fast and easy, a bit more complex and a few completely decadent. Keep in mind these are Amish pies so nothing ultra elegant but they're beautiful all the same and a beautiful pie has an elegance unto itself. The recipes are ingredient friendly. I did not see anything that by living in a small town I would have to special order thru the mail. A nice variety of crusts however not much direction on making decorative top crusts like a lattice top. Of the pies I have tried none have been too sweet. The ones my mom has made so far have been very tasty. The author's voice is very friendly, the recipes are concise and not overwhelming with so much information they end up sounding like too much work or too scary to even try.
Cons: To date she has made at least 4 different pies, following the directions exactly as written, they have all had little issues that good editing should have taken care of. Examples:
German chocolate Pie with pecans, chocolate and coconut in it is good, each bite tastes like more. However, if you read the recipe it doesn't make sense. First off you melt chocolate and separately make a milk custard which you allow to cool. Then you are told to "slowly pour chocolate and milk mixture into unbaked pie crust." Now does this mean at some point you should have added the chocolate to the milk custard or should you pour the separate bowls of chocolate and custard into the pie simultaneously? After having added the chocolate and milk mixture you are told and I quote "Sprinkle nuts and coconut on top. Sprinkle nuts and coconut flakes into unbaked pie crust." Okay so should the coconut mixture be on top, on the bottom or some of both?
Funny Cake Pie which in the picture looks to have a lovely swirled top. Mom used the standard 9" glass pie plate as directed and the mess in the oven from it overflowing was not fun to clean up. Again it was very tasty but should have perhaps been done in a deep dish or 10" pie plate.
These are just two examples but there have been other unnecessary mistakes. Issues like this should have been taken care of when the recipes were tested and the book edited. My mom has taken to making notes in the book of any changes or alterations that need to be made to the recipes which isn't the end of the world but shouldn't really need to be done.
I would still recommend the book but with a caveat or condition that when you decide to bake one of these, do a practice run first especially if it is for company. If there are issues,they have not ruined the resulting pies and although not picture perfect, they have been very tasty and worth the time it took to make them just not perhaps "company" presentable. Once you are sure of the steps, the end result will be even better, perhaps, picture perfect.
Rating 5 for ease of use, pictures and collection of pies represented + 2 for bad editing averaging out to score of 3.5
Yes please to all!
Aside from the recipes, the book includes essays about her encounters with Amish culture and piemaking. She has an easy-to-read, lightly humorous voice that makes the whole book a delight.