A Year of Pies!

August 07, 2012, 08:15 am  Posted by Lark

I am an enthusiastic home cook that embraces the fun challenge of a new recipe, the delight at surprising flavors, and the simple joy of nourishing myself and those I care about with food prepared out of love. That said, I’ll be perfectly honest with you in saying this: baking intimidates me. But you know what? Like many life skills, one simply needs a good teacher, the right tools, and a helpful framework to establish success that can be built upon for years to come. Such is the case with A Year of Pies. Ashley English of Small Measure and Homemade Living Series fame, offers up exactly the right amount of time-tested knowledge and plenty of encouragement so that even the most daunted (raising my hand) can feel that they will be wow any crowd—from a family dinner to a crowded potluck—with an array of mouth-watering, stomach-pleasing, and eye-catching pies, galettes, tarts, and more. With this book in hand, you’ll be fast on your way to pie success.

Notable sources (The New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post) deem pie is one of the hottest current food trends. Indeed, I’d say the cute little cupcake world had better watch its back. A Year of Pies offers up a year of seasonal, natural recipes for pies and tarts both sweet and savory utilizing the best of what each season has to offer. A total of 60 recipes are included, 15 for each season. Classics are covered, but with Ashley English’s unique culinary spin.

Imagine Chocolate & Orange Marmalade Tart or a Mushroom & Chevre Galette in Winter, Strawberry & Rhubarb Ginger Hand Pies and Asparagus & Dill Quiche in Spring, a classic Lattice Top Triple Berry Pie and decadent Fried Green Tomato & Pimento Cheese Tart in Summer, and Rosemary Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie and Chai Spice Apple Pie in Autumn. As the Senior Editor on the book I had the joy of attending the photo shoot, and let me and my happy belly tell you: this is truly delicious stuff.

Each chapter includes two guest recipes submitted by notable bloggers: Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille, Tricia Martin of Eating is Art, Tim Mazurek of Lottie and Doof, Jessie Oleson of Cake Spy, Kate Payne of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, Beatrice Peltre of La Tartine Gourmande, Amanda Soule of Soule Mama, and Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler Farm.

A full Basics section offers six essential pie crust recipes, crust troubleshooting tips, instructions for creating various decorative pie and tart crusts, tips for selecting seasonal ingredients, and more. You just can’t go wrong.

Keep your eyes here for more on A Year of Pies, including a free recipe and giveaway!


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