First Prize Pies by Allison Kave

First Prize Pies by Allison Kave

Emma Christensen
May 9, 2014
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The angle: Why wait for apple pie season? Here are awesome pies for every month of the year.

Recipes for right now: Samoa Pie, Lemon Cream Pie, Chocolate Lavender Teatime Pie, Rhubarb Frangipane Pie, Buttermilk Chess Pie, Mint Julep Cream Pie, Nutella Pie, Margarita Pie, Shaker Citrus Pie, Elvis Pie

Who would enjoy this book? Pie lovers

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Allison Kave

Who published it: Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Number of recipes: 85

Other highlights: I need almost zero prompting to eat pie. If it's fruity and its in a crust, I'm there. Allison Kave has all my favorites here — Strawberry-Rhubarb, Blueberry-Nectarine, and more delectable riffs on the classic apple pie than you can shake a fork at. But she's also opened my eyes to other pie-possibilities like Watermelon Cream, which sounds perfect for a late-summer barbecue, and a smoked almond pie made with smoked oolong tea leaves (!!!). I love all these season-spanning ideas.

Allison Kave is herself a prize-winning pie maker, and her instructions here inspire confidence and enthusiasm toward all things pie. She provides recipes for both vegan, though I only spotted one actual vegan pie recipe in the book. She also provides a recipe for making a gluten-free cookie crumb crust, which can be used for most any recipe in the book (from a quick scan, most pie fillings were gluten-free).

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: First Prize Pies by Allison Kave

Visit the author's website: Allison Kave

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