Monday, December 22, 2014


My friend Yoko hosted a wonderful soiree this afternoon to sell her beautiful handmade pottery and ceramics. We baked a couple of pies especially for the event, and to our delight another friend brought fresh out-of-the-oven apple and wild blueberry mini tarts. It wasn't long before we were all talking pie--baking tips and techniques, favorite pies, we even planned a 2015 pie baking jubilee in a couple of weeks to kick of the new year! 

Yoko's husband also turned me onto a cookbook I'd never heard of before-- United States of Pie. It sounds amazing and I wanted to share it with other pie lovers. Author Adrienne Kane includes more than 50 regional pie recipes from all across the country. The recipes are updated modern interpretations of old classics from her collection of pie recipes from newspaper clippings, church cookbooks, and grandmothers' recipe cards. The cookbook is divided into four regions: Northeast, South, Midwest, and West, so no matter which part of the country you hail from, United States of Pie is sure to include not only old standards but also one of your favorites. I can't wait to check it out. It's definitely on my wish list. 

You can also check out this interview with Adrienne Kane on NPR

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