Book Review | Pies: Sweet and Savory
Author: Caroline Bretherton
About the Book:
From traditional apple and cherry pies to trendy mini-meat creations, Pies: Sweet and Savory provides everything needed to produce tasty creations.
Broken down by key ingredients, Pies: Sweet and Savory helps choose the “pie of the day” according to what’s in season and what’s lurking in the fridge and then shares a wealth of step-by-step instructions for producing the best results.
Pies: Sweet and Savory is the only cookbook you will need if you want to make pie! With over 230 pie recipes, you will not be short of ideas on what to make. The book is full of pictures to go along with a good number of the recipes. I’m a visual person so sometimes I’ll just look at the pictures and decide what I want to make from there.
The selection of recipes is large and diverse. Discover pies in a variety of categories including:
- Meat Pies and Tarts
- Poultry Pies and Tarts
- Pie Dough
- Fish Pies and Tarts
- Vegetarian Pies and Tarts
- Fruit Pies and Tarts
- Chocolate Pies and Tarts
I normally think of pies as a dessert so it was awesome having so many recipes for pies that could be used as a main course for a meal. I bookmarked a bunch of them to try including Brie and Bacon Tart, Spanish Chicken Pie and Zucchini and Feta Pie.
The best chapter, in my opinion, is titled in Praise of Pie Dough. It shows you how to make all the different types of pie dough. The recipes are shown with pictures at each step so you can visually see how it is done. I never realized there was so many different types! Making my own pie dough has always intimidated me which is one of the reasons I rarely ever make it. I definitely feel more comfortable making my own with the help of this book.
I tried out a recipe for Double Chocolate Raspberry Tart in the Chocolate Pies and Tarts chapter. However, I ended up having to substitute blackberries for the raspberries because my grocery store only had raspberries covered in mold (yuck!). Thankfully, the blackberries were perfect!
The recipe showed how much time it would take me to make and how long I could freeze the crust. This crust was chocolate graham crackers but it was covered in a layer of melted dark chocolate. The filling was light and creamy.
Not only is Pies: Sweet and Savory a cookbook, but it’s also a reference book for everything you need to know about making the perfect pie. I’m looking forward to trying more of the recipes and perhaps finding some new family favourites!
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this novel.*