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Cookbook Review: The Complete Book of Pies

Updated on September 28, 2008

Who doesn't love pie? While most people enjoy delicious slices of pie any time they have an opportunity to do so, many people are intimidated by the thought of making pies at home. It's a fact, however, that baking pies from scratch doesn't have to be difficult. Baking pies - whether sweet dessert pies or savory main course and side dish pies - isn't any more complicated than creating other types of recipes.

To create delicious pies from scratch, you simply need good instructions to follow. That's what The Complete Book of Pies by Julie Hasson is all about. If you wish that you could create delicious pies in your own kitchen, this book was written with you in mind. In the publication, you'll find more than 200 recipes for delicious pies, sauces, cobblers, and more, each one with clearly explained and comprehensive how-to instructions.

Half the battle of mastering the art of pie making is ensuring that you have the right equipment on hand. This book opens with a detailed description of the kitchen equipment and gadgets that aspiring pie bakers need to have on hand. The Complete Book of Pies also includes detailed instructions on how to roll dough that are clearly written and easy to follow. In this book, you'll also find a section that details common pie ingredients, so you can be sure to keep your pantry stocked with items you're likely to need to create pies any time you want to do so.

Recipe Selection

The recipe selection in The Complete Book of Pies includes instructions for creating many traditional favorites, as well as tips for creating contemporary selections that are destined to become favorites in the future.

My favorite sweet pie recipes included in the book are:

  • Apple Raspberry Pie
  • Boysenberry Cherry Pie
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Lemon Pucker Pie
  • Sour Cream Apple Pie
  • White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

My personal selection of favorite savory pies from The Complete Book of Pies includes:

  • Biscuit-Topped Beef Pie
  • Chicken Pot Pie with Mushrooms and Leeks
  • Corn, Green Onion, and Cheddar Quiche
  • Crab and Tomato Quiche
  • Steak and Mushroom Pie

Get Ready to Master Pie Making

When you add this book to your kitchen cookbook collection, you won't find yourself wishing that you could create your own tasty pies. Instead, you may find yourself faced with making an even tougher decision - choosing which one of the many mouth-watering, easy to prepare recipes to make next!


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