Thanksgiving is coming: time for pie!

Seira Wilson on November 12, 2020

Thanksgiving is coming: time for pie!

I don't know about you, but at my house Thanksgiving is the only holiday or celebration where it's standard to have multiple pies, regardless of the number of diners. It's also not only acceptable, but almost required, to have a little slice of each and every one of them. This fall we've seen a burst of new cookbooks dedicated to the delicious topic of pie in all its tasty glory, so if you're on deck for this part of the Thanksgiving meal, here's some help and inspiration:

Pieometry : Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate by Lauren Ko

You may be familiar with Ko's popular Instagram page where she posts photos of her eye-catching pie and tart designs. And Pieometry is not your typical lattice crust how-to. But fear not: Ko makes these spectacular geometric patterns accessible for even the mathematically challenged among us. All you need is a ruler, a knife, a will to learn and this cookbook. Patience is also recommended, but Ko keeps things light with tales of some of her own baking disasters that resulted in wonderful creations.

Pie Camp: The Skills You Need to Make Any Pie You Want by Kate McDermott

I've already sung the praises of this pie cookbook when I made McDermott's classic blueberry pie and cream cheese crust as a little preview recipe to share. Now the book is out and I've already decided on the Apple Ginger Maple Bourbon pie as one that will grace my table in a few weeks. Pie Camp has everything you'd want to know if you're a novice pie baker, and it's a fantastic resource of new flavor combinations and fun ideas for the baker who's been bringing the pie year after year.

Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More by Ken Haedrich

A wealth of information and recipes are at your fingertips in Pie Academy: 255 pie recipes, to be exact. Need a pie crust for that gluten-free family member? No problem. Haedrich covers working with a variety of flours and provides tips for creating the perfect match between filling and type of crust. With gorgeous color photos throughout, Pie Academy is a hefty volume of cookbook goodness that speaks to the author's decades of baking expertise.

Pie for Everyone: Recipes and Stories from Petee's Pie, New York's Best Pie Shop by Petra Paredez

Paredez's New York City pie shop, Petee's Pie, has a loyal following and a reputation that makes this a destination for any pie lover living in, or visiting, NYC. In her cookbook, Pie for Everyone, Paradez shares her coveted recipes for both sweet and savory pies, all of which have one thing in common: a flaky crust and a balanced filling. Filled with stories and anecdotes, as well as 80 recipes, Paradez gives home bakers a taste of this beloved pie shop, wherever they live. 

Elegant Pie: Transform Your Favorite Pies into Works of Art by Karin Pfeiff-Boschek

Okay, maybe I'm a little obsessed, but in the last few months I've seen no fewer than three cookbooks devoted to making pie crusts look so beautiful one might hesitate to cut into them (that wouldn't be me, but you get what I'm saying...).  I love the idea of creating art in pie dough; it kind of frees one up to master a few favorite pie fillings, then go nuts with a new crust design every time you make one. Elegant Pie includes 25 designs, with three difficulty levels so you can build your skills. Let these step-by-step photos be your guide to pie greatness this Thanksgiving.

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