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The Pie Academy - Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More; Expert Techniques for Making Fabulous Pies from Scratch

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It’s always time for pie! Whether it’s Blueberry-Pineapple Piña Colada, Triple-Layer Pumpkin-Chocolate, Ricotta Pie with Toasted Almonds, or a Classic Lemon Meringue, Ken Haedrich, dean of The Pie Academy, dishes up a pie for every craving. Discover recipes for all types of crusts and pastry, including gluten-free, whole wheat, and extra-flaky. Learn about the best tools a ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Briar's Reviews
I am DETERMINED to try a whole bunch of these. Honestly, this was a truly incredible collection! It has absolutely gorgeous and stunning pictures that made me SO HUNGRY IT'S UNBELIEVABLE!

There's a whole bunch of different types of pies for every pie lover out there! It's a great collection for both amateur bakers (like myself) and experienced bakers to try out some new recipes. I highly recommend picking this book up. It's everything I expected and more. Especially since it has some background i
Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today
This book is GORGEOUS….I drooled over every page (thank goodness I didn’t short circuit my computer while reading). The Pie Academy is loaded with an amazing array of pie crusts and pie recipes ranging from the classics to the exotic. All with detailed instructions, photos and tips.

That being said, I’m what you call a quick, no muss no fuss cook and baker (at least that is my goal when I enter the kitchen). No huge kitchen-aid on my counter, if I can’t do the prep in just a few minutes, my atten
Susan Z
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I dream of being someone who can bake pies. After reading this book, it may actually be in my future.

An extensive section of the necessary tools and pantry staples is included, plus a step by step tutorial, all essential for a novice.

But don't be fooled thinking this book is just for newbies, there are tons of options for upping your game, from complicated crust preparations, numerous dough options and over 200 fillings.

I like when cookbooks work for the novice and experienced cook alike, and
Alicia Bayer
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This week I had the opportunity to preview two pie cookbooks that are premiering this fall, this one and The Book of Pie. I was curious which one I'd recommend over the other but they are both great books in their own rights with different strengths, so I'm happy to give them both 5 stars and recommend both.

While this book doesn't have nearly as many photos as The Book of Pie (which offers a picture of every single pie in the book), this one makes up for it in sheer number of recipes. I love the
Julie Davis
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars only until I try some of these pies. If they work then we'll move to five stars.

This is one of the only books that has made me want to actually bake the pies instead of simply eat them. I will begin this weekend.
Literary Redhead
Been watching the Great British Baking Show and HAD to request the ARC for PIE ACADEMY. That gorgeous cover made me gasp!

I did have download problems, but saw stunning color photos and read more at Storey Publishing’s website. What a fantastic book for making every pie imaginable, from lovely classics like apple or lemon meringue, to mouthwatering Triple-Layer Pumpkin-Chocolate or Dense Cherry-Almond Coffeecake Pie. My head is spinning with all the choices.

The tricky how-tos of pie crusts, with
Left a bad taste in my mouth, dnf... Had Kindle version and it kept leaving book for authors website, I ended up turning off WiFi to stop that intrusion, I call that a rotten marketing ploy. Wasn't happy with ingredients, like using frozen limeade verses why not fresh limes, I guess he wasn't selling limes. I was instantly turned off with web hijacking and never changed my sour note, who doesn't finish a cookbook! Very few pics, food is visual, oh wait, he wanted me at his website anyway... ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pies! No other food brings such rich memories of home baking as pies do for me. My mom was a pie baker. My grandma was a pie baker. And I am a pie baker. I remember the table of pies my grandma made for Thanksgiving, for Christmas, for Easter, sometimes just for Sunday dinner. Lemon meringue pie. Cherry pie. Pecan pie. Apple pie. Chocolate pie. Banana pecan pie. When my grandma passed away, it was her box of pie recipes I chose in memory of her.

I am always in search of books about pies. Pie Acad
Sara Hill
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pie Academy by Ken Haedrich is a comprehensive book of pie making for any skill level.

This book goes over the tools and things you need to know before you start. It contains a very comprehensive troubleshooting guide that is organized by category. My favourite little addition was the list of pies you can mail to people. I would never think of mailing a pie to someone, but that could be a fun idea.

The book covers several crusts and fillings. Each pie has a very detailed step by step instruction
Sep 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My husband gave me this amazing compendium of all things pie for my birthday back in March, and I have been wending my way through it for the past several months. The book contains loads of new pies recipes that I want to try—ice cream pie, anyone?—as well as variations on old favorites. The how-to sections in the front of the book have lots of photos and clearly written steps; very helpful! If you are a pie novice, a pie expert, or somewhere in-between, you will love this book.
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, food
This book had a lot of American pie recipes. Beautiful pictures in the beginning, but I missed them with the pies. Also the recipes have a lot of sugar in them, and the book is not really for the international market because of the weird measurements.
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Not sure what date to put down, since I've been browsing/using it on and off for months. :P So far, I have made the following pies from this book (listed in the order in which I made them):

Funeral Pie (raisin pie) - Very yummy and interesting. The crust I made - following the recipe - for this pie is probably the best traditional-type pie crust I've ever made.

Kahlua Fudge Brownie Pie - Not as dense and fudgy as I'd hoped, but still pretty tasty

Peanut Butter Banoffee Pie - Delicious! Reminded me
Online Eccentric Librarian
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook, arc, non-fiction
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Pie Academy is pretty much everything you would want in a book about the subject: discussions on pie plates, tools, techniques; a wide selection of recipes; and plenty of beautiful photographs of the finished product. The author combines old and new, traditional and experimental to provide a wide range of fail safe pies.

The first part of the book is all about the making of a pie: pins, pans, blenders, flour, fats, fi
Johanna Sawyer
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovely book on pie! This was a beautiful book with over 400 pages on some really gorgeous types of dessert pie. The author gives you 25 types of crust, and a wide variety of fruit, custard, and holiday pies. Simple, easy to use directions, and various types of toppings and whip cream recipes, and lots of tips and tricks.

What did I like? I have never baked a pie.... and I’m not a big eater of desserts. The only pie I have ever eaten....sadly is store bought. That being said I have always wanted
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For pitiful pie makers like me, this book offers alternatives to standard pie crusts and pies. I borrowed the book from my library, but I will soon have my own purchased copy. It offers step by step instructions for making many varieties of pie, with tips on tools and buying ingredients. Fruit pies, chiffon pies, chocolate pies, pecan pies, and custard pies are a few of my favorites.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The photos in this book are BEAUTIFUL! Well lit and nicely styled. Curated thoughtfully and elegantly so that you have no other choice but to deeply crave pie, of course :) I have been baking a ton since covid hit, but have felt bored of the classic apple pie and pumpkin pie variations. This book has SO MANY pie recipes and it is divine. I was drawn to earmarking pretty much all of them which is rare for me with a cookbook. Looking forward to using up a ton of fresh fruit and perfecting my crust ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the ultimate book for bakers who love to make pie. So many recipes for all sorts of pies, easy to read/understand instructions, and gorgeous photos!
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, netgalley
"One thing you won't find here are detailed instructions on creating labor-intensive pastry still lifes, the sort of pies that become Instagram starlets."

Tips on how to mail a pie were super handy. He is all-inclusive with his advice.

I appreciated how the author, our “dean” of the Pie Academy, is accessibly and friendly in his tone - not lofty or self-important.

Amazingly vast assortment of recipes, though I wish there had been more photos. Also, for the photos present, wish there was a caption
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Every pie you can imagine (in every composition you can image) is in this book. It is a bit old school and I personally would like more photographs, but wow… It also has a lot of interesting facts, tips, and tricks. I also really appreciate the step by step and troubleshooting guide, because making pies can be hard! Ken Haedrich also sounds like an amazing person who really wants you to succeed in baking. A beautiful book! And, for a European, the converting table to the metric system is a real ...more
Brindi Michele
not a photo of every recipe, but if I were to have a pie cookbook in my baking collection, I'm thinking this one would be it.... ...more
Cozy Book Spot
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, cookbook
One of the best pie cookbooks I've seen. This book is very organized and it has lots of techniques and great recipes. The author's photos throughout the book makes it more personal and fun. It's nice to be able to see the person behind all these amazing recipes. The pie photos are breathtaking! There are lots of great tips including how to mail a pie! There are lots of different crusts and fillings for you to choose from. From the traditional pies (pumpkin, apple, chess) to fancy and well elabor ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pie Academy by Ken Haedrich is full of amazing recipes and techniques for making all kinds of wonderful pies. Full of all the information you need to know on how to make the pastry and the various fillings.

Thank you to netgalley for letting me read this.
Rhiannon Johnson
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Critically acclaimed dean of The Pie Academy, Ken Haedrich reveals all his secrets for creating a perfect pie through step-by-step photographic tutorials including crust and pastry variations such as gluten-free, whole wheat, and extra flaky. Great for bakers of all levels, Pie Academy is packed full of classic recipes (Classic Lemon Meringue, Butterscotch Pecan), new creations (Apple Pear Pie with Hot Pepper Jell
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I can’t say enough great things about this book. This book. Overs everything from how to make the perfect crust(s) to the toppings. There is even a troubleshooting guide at the end. This book is full of pictures, tips, and tricks. It is the perfect resource for anyone who likes any pie! Highly recommended for everyone!

* I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collection
This book was received as an ARC from Storey Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I could not get enough of this cookbook. Our patrons including myself are fans of cookbooks that show step-by-step photos throughout the baking process because sometimes when you follow a recipe, you're unsure if you are doing each step correctly and having a picture to show for it makes it a lot easier to make a fantastic pie, Can't wait
=^.^= Janet
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cfa, zz-2020-rev-wir
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I AM BORED!!)

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repe
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Great for pie lovers and bakers. Different crusts and fillings to look at. As well as techniques and information. Nicely put together.
Michelle Noble
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This cookbook is a must have for the novice and experienced pie maker alike. The author explains everything down to the last detail, There a beautiful pictures of equipment that one should have on hand. There are also beautifully photos at each step of the process. I have to admit that the one thing I looked for was the use of white vinegar in a basic pie crust. This is a must for me to take any decent pie cookbook, because it's the one ingredient that ensures that you will have a flaky crust! H ...more
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I went in determined to think making pies wasn't doable...but know I want to try! Beautiful, clearly written book. I'd love to have seen some type of difficulty rating marking easier recipes vs. advanced ones, but overall an awesome book! ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pie Academy is more than a collection of recipes. It is all things pie. From Part One "Behind the Scenes" to the troubleshooting guide at the end of the book, this is a stockpile of knowledge. I especially love the tricks "recipes for success" included with some of the recipes. I can't decide which pie to make first.

Thanks to netgalley for the advanced reader copy.
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