REVIEW – A Year Of Pies

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Recently a copy of A Year Of Pies, A Seasonal Tour Of Home Baked Pies arrived at my house.
A Year Of Pies
A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies

  • Author: Ashley English
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454702869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454702863
  • Cover price $19.95


What’s better than pie? How about recipes for 60 delicious pies and tarts from cooking maven Ashley English and top food bloggers like Beatrice Peltre, Aran Goyoaga, and Jessie Oleson? These beautifully photographed seasonal recipes include such delights as a Chocolate & Orange Marmalade Tart in winter and a classic Lattice Top Triple Berry Pie in summer. A Basics section offers six piecrust recipes, troubleshooting tips, and advice on selecting seasonal ingredients.
Author Bio
Ashley English has earned degrees in holistic nutrition and sociology. She has worked over the years with a number of nonprofit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues, is currently a member of Slow Food USA, and has had a regular column for the popular blog Design*Sponge entitled “Small Measures with Ashley” and another column for Where Women Cook magazine called “Homemade Living.” She is the author of four books in The Homemade Living Series (Canning & Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, Home Dairy). Ashley has been featured in major publications, including Food & Wine, Delish, Edible Magazines, and Anthology. She has been a repeat guest on Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusFM. She blogs at Ashley lives in Candler, NC.

This book is divided into sections represented by the four seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Dishes included are not just desserts, but other types of pies as well such as pies you can serve as a meal. The beginning of the book contains a table of contents, under which each of the seasons are listed and the recipes within those sections listed as well. I personally am not a big fan of books split up this way, I find listing by type of dish far preferable. The beginning of the book, Pie Making Basics, consists of lots of explanations of commonly used ingredients, along with many tips and techniques. I will say here that this book has a lot of very nice pictures, basically at least one or more per page. I love pictures in a cookbook. Not only do they accompany the recipes, they accompanied the techniques as well. Recipes are easy to understand. It would be helpful if the prep and cooking time had been included. It looks to be a great book for anyone interested in learning more about making pies.
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Betty August 2, 2012 - 7:39 am

At a BBQ, one family brought a pineapple pie that was absolutely fantastic. I still love Key Lime, but I’m open to new and different. Thanks for the review

patricia Marsden August 2, 2012 - 7:49 am

Love the pies–fillings no real problem; however, crusts are troublesome.


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