COOKING & FOOD

The Perfect Pie: Your Ultimate Guide to Classic and Modern Pies, Tarts, Galettes, and More

America’s Test Kitchen. Sept. 2019. 376p. ed. by ed. by America’s Test Kitchen. photos. index. ISBN 9781945256912. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781945256967. COOKING
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America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) follows up The Perfect Cookie and The Perfect Cake with this comprehensive guide to pies and tarts. As expected from ATK, the book is extremely detailed about every aspect of the baking process, from choosing ingredients to cooling and storing the finished product. Helpful step-by-step photos enhance a chapter of classic pies, such as deep-dish apple pie and a not-cloying pecan pie, and accompany instructions for more visual steps (rolling dough, decorating) and unusual components (e.g., crafting a meringue crust). In addition to well-loved standards, ice cream pies, and regional favorites (New England mincemeat pie), the book includes innovative flavor combinations such as cape gooseberry pie with elderflower meringue, and recipes for both vegan and gluten-free dough. A chapter of “Pies Big and Small” comprises hand pies, pie pops, and individual pies in a jar, as well as slab pies to feed a crowd. To finish it off, the chapter “Upping Your Pie Game” demystifies impressive-looking edge and top crust designs so even home bakers can display something beautiful.
VERDICT With obsessively tested classic and creative recipes, America’s Test Kitchen offers everything you’ll ever need to know about making pie.

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