Hobbit Pie

A creamy mushroom and root vegetable savory pie inspired by The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien I wasn’t a very strong reader as a kid and it was hard for me to find books that I found engaging. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit bridged the gap between the casual reading of popular literature, and a lifetime literary obsession….

Crust: An Introduction to the Basics

Foreword This week I’m deviating from my standard literary fare. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it seemed high-time to fulfill the oft-repeated request for a crust tutorial. One of the most frequent pie-related questions I get in casual conversation is, “do you make your own crust?” The answer is, resoundingly, “of course!” When I insist how…

Bear Harvest Pie

A variation on hunter or shepherd’s pie; a savory lamb pie inspired by The House on the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, by Matt Bell. When you crave “green space” in New York City, you head to a park where hundreds of other sweaty (often shirtless) people are fighting for a place to…

Pumpkin Pasties

Pumpkin spice hand pies inspired by the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. It’s almost Halloween; goblins, ghouls, and ghosts are abroad in the muggle world. If you’re like me then you’ve done your apple picking, your pumpkin hunting, and your woodland hiking. But at the end of a long day of jumping in…

Creature Comforts Pie

Maple and oat chess pie with dark chocolate seams, inspired by Frankenstein by Mary Shelley At this point Frankenstein has become so ingrained in our popular consciousness I think it’s difficult to read the novel without any kind of preconceived ideas. The green, flat-headed monster with bolts protruding from his neck has become such an…

Gregor’s Pie

Shoofly pie with pecans and a poached apple garnish, inspired by The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. It’s really hard to sell people on this pie. The particular, bitter tang of molasses cut with woody pecans, balanced with the sweet, syrupy taste of an apple poached soft in cider, cinnamon, and brown sugar; it all takes…

Caddy Compson’s Black Bottom Pie

Chocolate ganache under a layer of mint julep chess and fresh whipped cream, inspired by The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. For me (and probably for many others as well) Faulkner is an extremely difficult writer to grapple with. He’s thoughtful, dramatic, and his prose is gloriously tangled. He’s also verbose as hell….

Hempstock Apple Pie

An apple pie with raisins and crushed walnuts and seasoned with molasses, inspired by The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. New York is a dirty, frustrating, loud place to live. However, every once in a blue moon amazing things happen in this crazy town. For example, you could be riding…

The Bennet Sisters’ Tea Tart

Chocolate ganache infused with lavender and earl grey in a lemon sweet pastry crust, inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Can you believe that after earning a bachelors degree in English I still hadn’t read Pride and Prejudice? Somehow we just never crossed paths in the classroom. It seems criminal not only to…

True Love: The Man in Blackberry and Princess Buttercrust

  A blackberry-peach fruit pie inspired by The Princess Bride by William Goldman I grew up on the film adaptation of The Princess Bride, to this day it’s probably my favorite movie of all time. Like the kids of Florin and Guilder, I spent my childhood terrified of the Fire Swamp and the ROUSs, but…