Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies

Grand Central. Oct. 2018. 336p. photos. index. ISBN 9781538729144. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781538729168. COOKING
OrangeReviewStarFeaturing dozens of recipes specially designed for the family dinner table, including leftovers for the next day, this latest work by Barrow (Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry) gives the popular slab pie—a shallow pie made in a sheet or jelly pan—special treatment, noting how easy they are to transport, portion, and serve. Her tried and trusted recipes range from savory (curried chicken; spinach, gorgonzola, and walnut) to sweet (banana pudding; not-so-old-fashioned apple pie. All are full of flavor. There are conversational, step-by-step instructions on creating crusts from scratch. Press-in crusts are also an option, and an overview of common equipment, such as a rolling pin and pastry brush, provide additional context, as do tips on adjusting for altitude. Of note is the ability to mix and match crusts; a caramelized onion or rye crust adds flavor to traditional pies.
VERDICT This richly illustrated work brings a fresh, creative approach to slab pies; essential for weeknight meals and potlucks.
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