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Pie Style: Stunning Designs and Flavorful Fillings You Can Make at Home

Page Street. Sept. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9781645670773. $22.99. COOKING
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Food Network contributor Nugent (pieeyedgirl.com) shares recipes and techniques for artfully decorated sweet and savory pies in her first book. Blending her background in instructional design and writing with her passion for pies, she’s produced a cookbook suitable for anyone interested in using elaborate lattice work, stencils, and dough shapes to enhance their creations of cobbler, quiche, and tarts; the book virtually ignores hand pies. Nugent advocates coloring dough with natural powders rather than airbrushing. A chapter on dough is followed by recipes sporting botanical themes, modern looks, patterns, and special-occasion glamour. Essential techniques are presented last but, overall, this work is accessible to beginners owing to its strong, illustrative photos and extensive instructions. Readers wanting more traditional pie recipes should consult America’s Test Kitchen’s The Perfect Pie.
VERDICT This creative cookbook will strike a chord with anyone valuing eye-popping visual appeal in addition to flavor. A welcome addition to culinary collections.

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