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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Another addition to the recent spate of single-subject cookbooks, this volume takes the trend to a monomaniacal extreme. Offering 60 variations of pies-fruit-filled, cream, custard, chiffon or "candy"-this compilation focuses entirely on dessert; no savory pies or tarts confuse its mission. But the recipes are easy to follow and generally appealing: a Maple Nutmeg Custard Pie is decadently sweet and eggy, and an old-fashioned Peach Pie tastes like the essence of summer. Moreover, it's comforting to find recipes for certain heirloom pies, like the Chess and the Tyler, named for John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States. This cookbook has its tics, however. Only some of the pies are photographed, leaving the appearance of the Chocolate Tweed Pie and the Date Bar Pie entirely up to the reader's imagination. The recipe for Cranberry Mincemeat Pie gives no instructions on how to prepare mincemeat. And the author tends to overexplain the obvious, reminding his audience that before buying a large rolling pin, one should make sure one's "work area allows... ample room to maneuver," and that pie pans are also called pie plates and pie dishes. This is information that the true pie-lover surely already knows.
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About the Author

John Phillip Carroll is an avid cook and baker. When he is not testing and writing pie recipes, he works on projects for various California marketing boards. He has written for numerous publications, including the Williams-Sonoma catalog. He lives in San F

Tina Rupp is a New York based photographer whose work has appeared in several cookbooks as well as in Food & Wine , Martha Stewart Living , and Real Simple .
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition (Third Printing) edition (March 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811839303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811839303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Foster Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2012
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I bought this cookbook several years ago after it was listed as one of the NEW YORK TIMES best cookbooks of the year. But I only thumbed through it, glancing at some of the recipes and pretty photographs since I usually bake cakes rather than pies. I had occasion recently, however, to bake my first cherry pie ever and chose the recipe from this book. The results were simply out of this world. I have never tasted a better cherry pie ever anywhere. My friends with whom I shared it agreed as well. And the recipe is so easy you could practically do it sleepwalking. Pitting the cherries takes time but requires no culinary skills that I am aware of. ( I purchased a pitter from a cooking store that pits four cherries at a time.) I was all prepared to recommend this entire cookbook with no qualifications based on one recipe until I came across the shaker lemon pie recipe (pp. 52-53). It is the same recipe I used years ago that produced a pie that was essentially inedible. I believe the problem is that you use three entire lemons sliced very thinly. The whitish membrane-- or whatever it is called-- is extremely bitter. No amount of ice cream or whipped cream could save that dog of a dessert so let the baker beware.

There are several other recipes that look interesting, however: pineapple apricot pie, apple cranberry pie, deep-dish berry pie, peach pie (with fresh peaches of course) and rum raisin cream cheese pie-- to name a few. On the other hand, I did not see a recipe for lemon meringue pie; and no pie cookbook is complete without it. Finally the recipe for pie dough using boiling water is most intriguing.
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This is a truly wonderful book. I make many pastries and pies for my family and friends, and every recipe I've used from this book has been a smash hit! The apple pie, berry pie, pear pie, coconut custard pie, chocolate walnut pie, and many more have been completely devoured by those I've given them to. Also, there is a section about crust making that has the best recipe for a basic pie crust. People always comment on how particularly crispy and flaky my crust is. There is also a small section on different sauces for the pies. The butterscotch sauce on the apple pie is divine! I just purchased a copy of this book for my mother-in-law who keeps asking where each of my delicious pie recipes come from. I absolutely recommend this book!
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easy recipes, clear instructions and tips, beautiful pictures and layouts. these are the tastiest pies you will ever eat. simplest and best crust recipes that will earn you friends. fillings to earn you more friends.
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If there is one thing that I would have with me, besides water, on a deserted island... It would be pie. The warm, flaky crusts; the cooling, aromatic fruits; the flavors of the crust and the flowing juices... I carry this book with me everywhere. That is how much I LOVE pie.

In this book you will find great instruction. Mr. Carrol walks you step by step into creating the perfect crust, to suit you, the perfect filling, again to suit you and lastly the perfect topping, all for you. You will not be dissapointed. It is a book composed of Love.

Enjoy.
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I found this book at Goodwill but had to share my review. It has wonderful pictures. It has quite a few different crust recipes: toasted coconut crust, crumb crust, wheat-free pie dough, chocolate nut dough (walnuts), boiling water pie dough, cornmeal pie dough, and All American. The recipes are easy and easy to follow. The pie on the cover is the fresh lime pie. The pies I've made so far are: apple crisp (which I made without the bottom crust), orange blueberry pie, and blackberry sour cream pie. I've never made a pie out of sour cream before and it's wonderful! Love using the graham cracker crust.
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By Loraine on January 14, 2012
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While I've had the book for a long time, I just made the butter brickle banana cream pie. It sounded borderline sickening sweet, but it wasn't. It was absolutely delicious! It's a lovely, quality made book, with beautiful pictures. Instructions are easy to follow and there are sections on pies, toppings, crusts, equipment, ingredients, etc. I can't wait to try out more recipes. I would rather have dessert than the main course--and this book will not disappoint.
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I am a sucker for Chronicle Books cookbooks. They are beautiful. This one is no different.

Checked it out from the library and the kids and I tried five recipes, all delicious! The Coconut-Macadamia Cream Pie was unbelievable. One complaint: not a picture with every recipe. While I would prefer to see every pie, (not only to see what I'll be making, but to check if my final product came out right) I'm willing to overlook this one fault.

I have never been successful with my own pie crust, but following his directions, I actually succeeded in a producing a light, flaky, delicious crust. Needless to say, this one is becoming part of my permanent library.
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By Vivian on March 2, 2012
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This book is a must-have for any baker. It has great photos and is easy to follow. It doesn't use a lot of complicated ingredients so it's easy to shop for what you need too. I'm proud to say that I have perfected the perfect piecrust.
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