Raincoast Books – The Pie Project!

I have a confession to make. I have never made a pie. Not in all my years! The only pies my Mom made pumpkin pies. My poor Dad only got his pie fix once a year! Haha! Needless to say, since pies weren’t a frequent item around home, it’s never been something that I’ve aspired to make! My husband on the other hand, he’s the pie maker in this house! He quite enjoys baking and pies is one thing he does enjoy making.

So, for all you pie makers out there, I have a cookbook for you! It’s called “The Pie Project. Hot. Cold. Hand. Cheat. 60 pies, All of them Sweet!” Now if that isn’t a call to action, what is!? I love how this cookbook is called a “project” – it makes me feel a bit more like there’s hope for me! And this is simply a *beautiful* cookbook! It’s a hardcover with such gorgeous photography! Phoebe Wood and Kirsten Jenkins have put together such beauty that it seems a shame to eat it! And seriously, when you visit those two Instagram links, prepare to drool on your keyboard!

Back to this book. The first thing I noticed while flipping through it, (okay, the second, because I always notice the pictures first!) was the diversity of ingredients! There is everything from bananas to apricots to strawberries. From cherry to apple to peach. From dates to sweet potatoes to figs. Watermelon. Mint. From cheese to ginger, sour cream to ricotta. Is there anything these ladies *don’t* put in pie!? I can guarantee, you’ll definitely find something you like in this cookbook, though maybe don’t look for a plain apple pie, okay? You’d have to stick with the Caramel Apple or the Spiced Apple and Golden Syrup pies instead….. And they sound soooooo good!

The other thing I noticed is that most of the recipes are really short. As in, there are plenty of recipes that only have three reasonably short paragraphs to tell you what to do! That speaks to me of simplicity. These aren’t recipes that are going to take forever to make. Maybe even *I* can make a pie from this cookbook!

There’s yet another neat thing about the recipes in this book. What kind of crust would you like? Some call for puff pastry. Some call for sour cream pastry. Some have recipes for the pie crust. There’s one that has a hazelnut crust. One has a chocolate biscuit crust while another uses ginger nut biscuits. I really like the fact they offer different crust ideas – perhaps once a person tries several different ones – they might start swapping crust ideas and creating new creations with different crusts? Sounds like fun!

One last thing I appreciate is the use of weights for the measurements of items like flour and sugar. It’s not common in North America to include weights, and yet I’m notorious for making a cup of flour much heavier than it needs to be. I’m pretty sure that’s not going to win me any awards! Ha! I can be deadly accurate with my kitchen scale though! So give me weights and I just might succeed with the recipe.

This cookbook would be a lovely addition to any baker’s shelf! It’s a beautiful book both inside and out and the recipes look simple and sound fabulous. The photography is stunning. Now to find time around building a house to start baking – wouldn’t my kids love to find some hand pies in their lunches!? We have loads of recipes marked to try in this book – must get to work!

Thanks Raincoast Books for sharing this gorgeous book with me! It will definitely be gracing my cookbook shelf!

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Sounds like a fascinating book to me. I love pies both sweet and savoury and all sorts of pastries. I never used to have a problem with pastry but since living here I do. It never seems to turn out right but then cheese doesn’t seem to melt in sauces like it should either – my son who’s lived here in the Prairies for a while says it’s the altitude though I’m not sure about that.

  2. I made a few pies years ago with my own crust, now I tend to buy the crust. I really should get back into it. This sounds like a great book.

  3. I’ve never baked a pie before, this could be the book for me to start!

  4. kathy downey says:

    I love baking and this sounds like a book filled with delicious recipes my family would enjoy !

  5. This looks like the perfect inspiration to start baking pies!

  6. The pictures are lovely and I did make an apple pie today.

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d love to read this book and perhaps my pies would turn out good once again. 🙂

  8. My girls have been watching the Food Network baking shows and would love this book as they have been trying to bake their own pies.

  9. Deb Dorrington says:

    I make pies a few times a year and they usually come out pretty good. My favorite pie is blueberry and every time I make on I am always nervous about the crust. This cookbook looks fantastic and I am thinking maybe I should buy it.

  10. Such a great book for pie lovers! Would be nice to have one at home!

  11. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I also on FB various ways of making the pie crust (decorative) and they all looked super and very professional too. 🙂

  12. I would love to add this book to my collection, looks like a great book to have and to make some delicious pies!!

  13. kathy downey says:

    What a wonderful book to add to my kitchen

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