Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Pie

When I started my current job reading young adult literature, I knew that there were certain books I needed to read. Top of the list was Ransom Riggs’ modern classic, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Combining old photographs featuring optical illusions or odd distortions with a masterful imagination, Riggs weaves a strange world into the…

Pretty Purple Poptarts

I went through a long and aggressive awkward phase starting when I was about thirteen. In those early years I had a fantasy that there was a scientific machine or a magic spell that would make my stomach flat and limbs lithe, tame my mane, and lift those (already) too big boobs I was so self conscious…

(He Was To Remember) Iced Banana Pie

A banana meringue inspired by One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez.  Usually when a book is good we say “you can’t put it down.” This is reserved for books that you miss your subway stop for, that you stay up all night reading, and that you inhale in twenty-four hours and tell all your…

New Gods Tart (American Gods Pie, Part 2)

An ice cream tart with a potato chip, pretzel, and cracker crust inspired by Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, part two (tart two!) of a two-pie special! You can read about my old gods pie, a beet and pork pasty, over here. When my sister was in high school she used to make these outrageous baked goods,…

Red Magic Pie

A strawberry rhubarb pie inspired by Alice Hoffman’s The Red Garden and Practical Magic. I’ve been reading Alice Hoffman’s work since I was a preteen, starting with her YA novel Aquamarine when I was about twelve. From there I’ve grown with her heroines whispering in my ear. Because of her subject matter and the high volume, I think…

Crawler Pie

Ginger and honey margarita pie with a saltine crust, inspired by Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer I was irrationally afraid of everything short of my own shadow as a kid. This still holds true in some ways; I prefer subtlety to gore and sensationalism doesn’t play with me. But somewhere along the way I peeked out from…

Reaper’s Desserts

A raspberry lemonade icebox meringue, inspired by Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy (or at least the first two books). When I recommended Red Rising to my friends, I said things like, “it is so good, you have to read it!” But when I tell people about the recently-released Golden Son, the second book of Pierce…

Heart of Gold Pie

Sugar cream custard with chunks of pineapple, inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams Don’t panic! The key both to pie baking and intergalactic hitchhiking, as it turns out. Irreverent, absurd, entirely improbable, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a pillar of 20th century science fiction distinguished by its tongue…

The Devil’s Night Fire Tart

A cognac crème brûlée tart inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. Magical realism is probably my favorite genre; I like how introducing the fantastic into an existing political or social context engages both my imagination and my (somewhat pretentious) analytical sensibilities. I think in spite of unusual occurrences in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master…

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….