Pie Camp: The Skills You Need To Make Any Pie You Want

Countryman Pr. Oct. 2020. 344p. ISBN 9781682684139. $35. COOKING
Inspired by the Pie Camps that she facilitates, this newest collection by McDermott (Art of the Pie) aims to give anyone—especially those new to baking—the knowledge to make a good pie. With the same friendly reassurance that made her previous books (e.g., Home Cooking with Kate McDermott) a success, the author gently guides home cooks through the basics of tools and equipment. Chapters for fruity (butter blackberry crisp) and creamy (lemon chiffon mousse pie) treats will satisfy bakers of all levels, as will recipes for crumbles, cobblers, and more. The highlights here are master recipes for items such as roll-out dough, press-in crusts, pastry cream, and mousse. Novice bakers will appreciate detailed, step-by-step photographs of lattice work and crimps (and tips on troubleshooting). Notably, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are not an afterthought; McDermott features options throughout.
VERDICT More than a series of recipes, this is a must-have guide, with a personal touch. New bakers will gain confidence and those with previous experience will delight in original takes on pie..
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