Recommended Pie Cookbooks
Each pie baker has their own style, certain flavors and ratios they favor in their recipes. Just as famous writers have been inspired by their predecessors, here are the bakers that have inspired me and whose cookbooks I frequently have spread out around me for reference when I’m concocting a new recipe!
The Pie and Pastry Bible, by Rose Levy Beranbaum
A widely comprehensive text with elegant, mouthwatering recipes. Although the step-by-step directions can be a bit complicated and recipe-specific, this is still an amazing source of information.
The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie, by Paula Haney
Simple, accessible recipes that frequently feature easily-acquired ingredients available in just about any grocery store! While I can appreciate pie as one of the more refined desserts, there are a lot of pie cookbooks with confusing, intricate directions and exotic ingredients; this is not one of them. A great mix of new and old recipes as well!
Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts, by Martha Stewart
Another very user-friendly pie cookbook featuring reliable recipes for classic favorites and even a few more inventive adaptations.
The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, by Emily and Melissa Elsen
I don’t often get a chance to eat at Four & Twenty, since getting from my apartment in the northeast of Brooklyn to their shop southwest is a trek, but if I ever have a craving for pie and want someone else to do the baking, this is where I go! The Elsen sisters’ recipes have a rustic elegance, unique flavor combinations, and amazingly light custard fillings.
Pieminister: a Pie for All Seasons, by Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon
I spent four months living in London where I would shop for produce at Borough Market on the south bank near London Bridge. The Pieministers are a Bristol-based pie company who also sell at Borough Market and from whom I would frequently buy a warmed Heidi pie (spinach, sweet potato, and goat cheese) and take several other flavors cold for the road. This is a fantastic source for filling, hearty, expertly seasoned savory pie recipes. Cannot recommend this highly enough!
The internet is an amazing resource! Whenever I see a great article on pie or baking or literature, I always bookmark it and save it for future reference. Here are some of my all-time favorites, although you can always check out my Twitter feed for whatever articles or recipes I’m reading in the moment!
“11 Insanely Beautiful Ways to Make Pie,” by Emily Fleischaker, Buzzfeed, March 14th, 2015.
“The 6 Best Apples for Pie,” by Rowan Jacobsen, Food52, October 1st, 2014.
“This is Exactly How to Store Your Groceries,” by Christine Byrne and Jenny Chang. Buzzfeed, September 30th, 2014.
“15 Baking Ingredients You Can DIY in a Pinch,” by Rachel Sanders. Buzzfeed, September 20th, 2014.
“46 Life-Changing Baking Hacks Everyone Needs to Know,” by Jessica Probus. Buzzfeed, July 27th, 2014.
“Science Builds a Better Pie,” by Amy Rowat. The New York Times, July 2nd, 2013.
“23 Ways to Make Your Pie More Beautiful” by Rachel Sanders. Buzzfeed, November 20th, 2012.