The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies

THE BOOK ON PIE                                      ERIN JEAN MCDOWELL

Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you'll ever need to know for making perfect pies. The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savory, and mini. Find everything from classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie to more inspired recipes like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions.
Erin also suggests recommended pie doughs and toppings with each recipe for infinitely customizable pies: Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze with the Pumpkin Pie, or sub in the Chive Compound-Butter Crust for the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. With helpful tips, photographic guides, and inspirations—pie-deas—it's almost like having Erin in the kitchen baking pies with you.


Anyone who enjoys baking or who wants to start to bake pies this is the book for you. The opening begins with the tools you need then the different types of materials, sugar, flour, butter, lard, water, and all of the ingredients. Also, the types of pie plates and the different sizes of each and why each one is made the way they are.
She takes you through the reason why your dough may have come out wrong. You are shown pictures of good dough and then the different kinds if it is too wet, to dry, and whatever else could be wrong with it. You are walked through the different tops, edges, and just anything else you can think of. She also shows what you can do with the scraps that are leftover. One idea was making littles doughnuts.
There is so much to this book that my words do not give it justice but this book is worthy of cooks, bakers shelf. The pictures are great but the recipes and all of her little secrets are what make this book. She also has gluten-free and vegan recopies as well. A very good book. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at


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