This is one of those books that is as fun to read as it is to cook from! The recipes are enticing, yes, and the few that I have already tried have turned out incredibly! But Kane includes such great tidbits (from what appears to be significant research and travel) that it is just as exciting to get the backstory of a pie as it is to watch it come out of the oven. I find myself enchanted by the author's voice as she introduces me to such novelties as Poppy Seed Pie and Chipmunk Pie and reacquaints me with old standbys like Pecan Pie or Apple Pie, describing their history with such lucid insight that they seem novel and enticing. Beyond a cookbook of stellar recipes, then, this book offers us a portion of our collective history (culled from community cookbooks, old magazines, regional baking experts with generations of experience behind their rolling pins) served up by the slice. But I also love that these recipes have been updated for the modern palette; too many of my own attempts at baking out of old cookbooks and recipes passed down through a family have yielded sugar-bombs or strange and unappealing flavor profiles. Kane seems to have struck the magic balance in both preserving the heart and soul of these cherished recipes and making them appealing to a broader spectrum of modern day eaters.