What is the Best Pie Cookbook for your Collection?

What is the Best Pie Cookbook? Definitely a question that can generate some heated and passionate discussion, no doubt. There are so many pie cookbooks out on the market and more showing up every month, that it would be difficult to gather them all up in one place. Plus, like everything else, everyone will have their favorites depending on personal preferences, experiences, needs and likes. So what we’ve done is give you a grouping of thePie Cookbooks that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the years. Hopefully some of these could also steer you into more successful and delicious pie-making endeavors!

What is the Best Pie Cookbook?

best pie cookbookThe Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop by Emily Elsen
From the proprietors of the renowned Brooklyn shop and cafe, Melissa and Emily Elsen, comes the ultimate pie-baking book for a new generation of bakers. The stunning collection assembled in this book feature more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with many unique and mouthwatering creations.
best pie cookbooks Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermott
Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.
best pie cookbooksMartha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites by Martha Stewart Living Magazine
As is expected from Martha Stewart, this book is at once a feast for the eyes and the palate, as well as a practical teaching tool. Each dish is accompanied by a lush, four-color photograph. Throughout the book are simple instructions for decorative crusts and finishing techniques, plus plenty of tips and make-ahead tricks, help readers along the way.
pie cookbooksThe Southern Pie Book by Jan Moon
Seasonal pie recipes from Jan Moon’s kitchen fill this cookbook with comfort and beauty. Readers won’t be able to wait to start baking pies with flavor combinations that will surprise and tarts that will impress. With easy-to-follow instructions, handy tips, exchangeable components, and gorgeous full-page images, readers are only a rolling pin and a whisk away from a warm and delicious slice of pie.
pie recipesFirst Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year by Allison Kave
Allison shares her tips, tricks, and techniques in an all-new cookbook featuring pie recipes for every week of the year. Organized by month, this book has everything from irresistibly salty snacks like her Salty Dog Cheese Pie to inventive sweets such as Root Beer Float Pie and traditional favorites like Candy Apple Pie. Kave also demonstrates how to make your pies a picturesque success with step-by-step instructions on latticing, crimping, blind baking, and more.
best pie cookbooksThe Cast-Iron Pies Cookbook: 101 Delicious Pie Recipes for Your Cast-Iron Cookware by Dominique DeVito
Dominique DeVito presents a mouthwatering collection of over a hundred pies, perfect for cast-iron skillets. Complete with gorgeous food photography and a wide range of recipes for fruit, nut, and cream pies, as well as quiches, tarts, galettes, and more.
pie recipesMrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies by Molie Cox Bryan
The book features recipes for Southern classics like Key Lime Pie and Pecan Fudge Pie sit alongside restaurant favorites like French Apple Pie and Original Coconut Cream Pie. Additional recipes gathered from family notebooks and recipe boxes include regional gems like Shoofly Pie and Lemon Chess Pie.
pie recipesThe Magic of Mini Pies: Sweet and Savory Miniature Pies and Tarts by Abigail Gehring
Perfect for parties, bed-and-breakfast hosts, or anyone who has a hankering for pie but doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, mini pies and tarts are all the rage. From savory treats like Steak and Guinness Pies and Spinach Mushroom Quiches to sweet favorites like Pecan Cranberry Pies and Chocolate Raspberry Tarts, this book has something for every pie lover.
pie recipesRustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More by Cory Schreiber
James Beard Award-winning chef Cory Schreiber teams up with Julie Richardson, owner of Portland’s Baker & Spice, to showcase the freshest fruit available amidst a repertoire of nearly 75 satisfying old-timey fruit desserts, including crumbles, crisps, buckles, pies, and more. Whether you’re searching for the perfect ending to a sit-down dinner party or a delicious sweet to wrap up any night of the week, these broadly appealing and easy-to-prepare classics will become family favorites.
best pie cookbooksPies: Sweet and Savory by Caroline Bretherton
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.
pie recipe booksPie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies by Cathy Barrow
Slab pie is just like regular pie-only better! A great alternative to crimping and meticulously rolling out a round crust, slab pies are perfect for potlucks or family dinners. Baked on sheet pans, slab pies can easily serve a crowd of people dinner or dessert. The book includes seventy-five foolproof recipes, along with inventive decoration tips that will appeal to baking nerds and occasional bakers alike.
pie recipesFor the Love of Pie: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Felipa Lopez
Paired with the crusts are recipes for dessert pies, pot pies, hand pies, meat pies, and tarts. Several of the author’s signature recipes, such as Apple Crumb Pie with Rosemary-Caramel Sauce and Buttermilk-Fried Chicken Pie with Buttermilk Gravy and Sautéed Greens, are in the cookbook along with other mouth-watering options like Lemon Thyme Blackberry Mini Tartlets, Picadillo Hand Pies, and Honey-Lavender Custard Pie.
best pie cookbooksSister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski
With 75 of Lisa’s most-loved recipes for sweet and savory pies—such as Toasted Marshmallow-Butterscotch Pie and Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pie—and other bakeshop favorites, the Sister Pie cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit. Illustrated throughout with 75 drool-worthy photos and Ludwinski’s charming line illustrations, and infused with her plucky, punny style, bakers and bakery lovers won’t be able to resist this book.
best pie recipesThe New Pie: Modern Techniques for the Classic American Dessert by Chris Taylor
Through traditional time-honored techniques, modern cooking methods, innovative flavors, and a love for kitchen gadgets, the author provides step-by-step instructions and playful photography, to share how to make groundbreaking creations, including a magnificent Blueberry-Maple Pie with wood-grain lattice, the King Fluffernutter Pie, and a striped chocolate Pie of the Tiger.

We hope you enjoy this list. I would encourage you to bookmark this page for future reference, as we will continue to update it when we’ve had the opportunity to dig into more and more amazing pie books by amazing bakers.

Lastly, if there is a book that’s NOT on this list that you have used or thoroughly enjoyed please leave a comment below and share it with us. We’d love to review it ourselves and possibly include it here?

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Amazing Desserts! 21 Occasions That Call For PIE!

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CAUTION – Never take THIS Key Lime Pie Recipe to Work

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A MUST on the Red Bench Pizza Menu you Must Try

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When in Arizona, take time to visit the Pie Snob

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Who Else Wants Raspberry Hand Pies?

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What’s Next For The Pie Addict in 2019

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Best Wines to Buy that Go Perfectly with Pie!

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A Peanut Butter Pie Recipe or Two Just For You! (Actually How about 17!)

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Lessons Learned When Making Cherry Hand Pies

I don’t know about you and in ‘your neck of the woods’ but up here in the Pacific Northwest, cherries have been coming in like gangbusters! I can’t count the number of friends that have approached me with offers to take pounds of cherries off their hands. I hated having to turn many of them away, simply because I didn’t want to waste any, given my time constraints. In the end however, I did manage to take several pounds of cherries from a friend, all so I could try my hand at baking homemade cherry hand pies! Read More

How to Store Cherries

How to Store Cherries. Had a friend ask me the other day if I wanted some cherries from their cherry tree to make a pie? I wasn’t planning on making a pie anytime soon (I had just finished a blackberry not two days before with the family), but I also found it difficult to refuse such a generous offer?! ABSOLUTELY! Problem was, since I wasn’t immediately planning on making a pie, I should probably look at storing them for a little while so they don’t go bad? Question was, how? Read More

How to Roll Pie Crust the Right Way [VIDEO]

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A Busy Week of Making Pies

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