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Adrienne Kane
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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
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Ecco
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I was happy with the choices of pie recipes and the stories behind the pies for the regions. The biggest flaw of this book is that she added no photos of any of the recipes!! So you are not sure unless you have had the pies how high the meringues are and how the pies are suppose to look like! I also would have liked it better when Adrienne introduced a regional pie, she tweeked some of them from the original recipe!! I would have liked to see the original recipe!!
My husband loves pie, which is why he got this book for Christmas. It is full of out-of-the-ordinary pie recipes many of which sound delicious. It also includes background info on the various pies and essays about regional pie makers to start each chapter. The directions for making the pies are clear and the sidebars on unusual ingredients and how to make component parts of the recipes (if you want to render your own lard, or make your own pumpkin puree, this book tells you how) are informative. ...more
The book is lean on recipes (although the crust varieties are great!), and lacking in photos. Otherwise, the recipes are a pleasant mix of options.
After hearing an interview with the author, I decided I really wanted this book. Since my wife is a pie person, I wanted to try these out on her (and she's been quite a willing subject!). I've made about 6 recipes from this book and all of them have been very, very tasty!
Looking for varied pie recipes? This is the book for you. Like the regional approach. The collection may have been enhanced with the addition of illustrations and photos.
There were not too many pies in here that I have not already seen/have a recipe for/or want to make. What does amaze me is how many different pie crust recipes there are!
I haven't made a pie yet, but the stories associated with each region and each pie made this such a fun read.
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I love pies!!
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