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United States of Pie: Regional Favorites from East to West and North to South

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An utterly charming collection of regional heirloom American pies, from long-lost recipes to classic favorites, sweetly illustrated and chock-full of time-tested baking tips and secrets for perfect pies

Before cooking shows and celebrity chefs there were church dinners, community bake sales, and county fairs—events for which regular women made and served their prized family recipes, especially for that homiest and most American of desserts, pie. In the United States of Pie, Adrienne Kane invites readers on a journey back in time as she scours the country for—and shares—those recipes: the pies that have come to define culinary traditions from the West Coast to the East Coast, from the Midwest to the South.

Sourced from old newspaper clippings, out-of-print cookbooks, housekeeping guides, and the spiral-bound, mimeographed booklets of church groups and community associations, the recipes in the United States of Pie showcase the innovative spirit of American home cooks in the era before processed foods and flavorless, imported produce took over grocery shelves. Here, tested and updated for contemporary palates and with an emphasis on local, seasonal fruit and dairy products, are both re-imagined classics and newly invented creations that celebrate sharing lovingly homemade desserts with friends and family. And whether you're serving up slices of Meyer Lemon Cream Pie, Concord Grape Pie, or Burnt Sugar Meringue Pie, your lucky guests will definitely ask for seconds.

With helpful sidebars on baking tips and techniques ranging from the best thickeners for fruit pies to why home bakers should embrace corn syrup, a chapter dedicated to how to make the perfect pie crust, and charming, insightful essays on pie-making traditions around the country, the United States of Pie is more than just a cookbook; it's a must-have baking resource for novice and expert pie makers alike.

Review:

"This colorful, varied collection by a blogger, recipe developer, and food writer may well be the definitive resource on the all-American pie. Culled from farmwife cookbooks, bakeshops, church booklets, and newspapers, the recipes are categorized by region, with chapters for the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West and all of their classics: shoefly, Maine blueberry, Key lime, and strawberry-rhubarb, to name a few. These are interspersed with Kane's updated versions of unusual, exotic concoctions such as Chipmunk Pie (stuffed with an apple and nut filling), green tomato pie, and burnt sugar meringue pie. Acknow-ledging that many home bakers are intimidated by the dough, Kane (Cooking and Screaming) covers the trickiest part of the process with step-by-step tips on crust making (sift or whisk dry ingredients; cut in fats by hand) and a host of foundational recipes, including rich and buttery cornmeal and leaf lard pie doughs. For the new baker there's plenty of guidance on blind baking and crust fluting. Masters of the craft will be lured in by new challenges — rendering one's own lard, for example. In all, this is a sweet and helpful guide. Agent: Alia Habib. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A bakers delight, United States of Pie is an utterly charming and mouthwatering compendium of heirloom American pies—regional favorites from East to West and North to South—gathered lovingly together by Adrienne Kane,  author of Cooking and Screaming and creator of the popular food blog www.nosheteria.com. From long lost recipes to classic favorites, the irresistible desserts featured in this wonderful cookbook will be pastry nirvana for Mollie Katzen and Moosewood fans—hot and tasty treats sweetly illustrated, combined with  time-tested baking tips and secrets for preparing the perfect pie.

About the Author

Adrienne Kane is the author of the memoir Cooking and ScreamingNatural Health and Prevention and on Chow and foodandwine.com. She lives and cooks in New Haven, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062064073
Subtitle:
Regional Favorites from East to West and North to South
Author:
Kane, Adrienne
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
Pies
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Pies and Pastries
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120522
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.125 x 7.375 x 1.02838 in 22.8 oz

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Product details 240 pages Ecco Press - English 9780062064073 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This colorful, varied collection by a blogger, recipe developer, and food writer may well be the definitive resource on the all-American pie. Culled from farmwife cookbooks, bakeshops, church booklets, and newspapers, the recipes are categorized by region, with chapters for the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West and all of their classics: shoefly, Maine blueberry, Key lime, and strawberry-rhubarb, to name a few. These are interspersed with Kane's updated versions of unusual, exotic concoctions such as Chipmunk Pie (stuffed with an apple and nut filling), green tomato pie, and burnt sugar meringue pie. Acknow-ledging that many home bakers are intimidated by the dough, Kane (Cooking and Screaming) covers the trickiest part of the process with step-by-step tips on crust making (sift or whisk dry ingredients; cut in fats by hand) and a host of foundational recipes, including rich and buttery cornmeal and leaf lard pie doughs. For the new baker there's plenty of guidance on blind baking and crust fluting. Masters of the craft will be lured in by new challenges — rendering one's own lard, for example. In all, this is a sweet and helpful guide. Agent: Alia Habib. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A bakers delight, United States of Pie is an utterly charming and mouthwatering compendium of heirloom American pies—regional favorites from East to West and North to South—gathered lovingly together by Adrienne Kane,  author of Cooking and Screaming and creator of the popular food blog www.nosheteria.com. From long lost recipes to classic favorites, the irresistible desserts featured in this wonderful cookbook will be pastry nirvana for Mollie Katzen and Moosewood fans—hot and tasty treats sweetly illustrated, combined with  time-tested baking tips and secrets for preparing the perfect pie.
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