United States of Pie
Regional Favorites from East to West and North to South
By Adrienne Kane
(Ecco, Paperback, 9780062064073, 240pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
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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 fairsevents 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 forand sharesthose 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.
Adrienne Kane is the author of the memoir Cooking and Screaming and of the popular food blog www.nosheteria.com. She is a food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer whose work has appeared in Natural Health and Prevention and on Chow and foodandwine.com. She lives and cooks in New Haven, Connecticut.
We hold this truth to be self-evident: America loves pie. But each region also reserves the right to bake the treat in its own style. In United States of Pie, writer Adrienne Kane explores local takes on the ultimate American confection. More at NPR.org
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