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Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life


Making pie can be as easy as pie, with recipes and lessons from a renowned teacher of the craft. Kate McDermott is from our home town area of Port Angeles, Washington, and we are excited and proud to carry her book and support her journey!

“I’ve been baking pies my entire life, but making them with Kate was a liberating experience. With a pioneer spirit, she throws the textbook out the window and comes up with absolutely perfect crust filled with fruit that actually sings to you.” –Ruth Reichl

Pie-making should be simple and fun. Kate McDermott has taught this and made pies with thousands of people across the country at her Pie Camps. Her confidence comes through in every recipe, and will inspire readers to don an apron, grab a rolling pin, and get cooking. (The stunning photographs in this book won’t hurt either.) Over the years, McDermott developed more than a dozen crusts, half of which are gluten-free, and in this book she gives detailed instructions for making, rolling, and baking crusts. A pie needs filling, too, and she does not neglect a single detail when describing her ingredients, methods, and tricks for making the filling and finishing off the pie. Recipes include:

  • Blackberry Pie for Julia Child
  • The Best Peach Pie in the World
  • Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pie

Art of the Pie is more than a cookbook. Kate’s rules extend well beyond pie baking: keep everything chilled, respect the boundaries, and remember to vent. This is a book to keep close at hand.


  • Hardcover
  • Released: October 2016

Review from Publisher's Weekly:

McDermott, a self-taught baker whose workshops have taught hundreds to make a proper pie, shares that knowledge more widely in one of the best books written on the topic. Those expecting a quick preamble followed by hundreds of pie recipes will be sorely disappointed—basic instructions take up a third of the book—but readers interested in the hows and whys of pie-making will find McDermott’s tutelage invaluable, as she offers in-depth coverage of pan selection (you can’t go wrong with glass), the proper fats (lard and butter are good choices), and selecting the right apples. Once readers have made their crust of choice (gluten free options are also included), they’re good to go, and McDermott’s recipes are straightforward. Beginners will appreciate simple recipes such as the Rustic Tart, which only calls for fresh fruit, sugar, and a little nutmeg, and will be glad that the majority of her fruit pies (blackberry, blueberry, peach, etc.) are essentially the same in terms of process and ingredients. Veteran bakers interested in expanding their repertoires will enjoy combinations such as apricot raspberry and apple cranberry walnut as well as inventive riffs (poached pear sour cream caramel pie, banana rum caramel coconut pie). But it’s really all about the standards, and with one glaring omission—sweet potato pie—McDermott excels, giving readers an informative guide they’ll be referring to for years to come.

  • ISBN 978-1-58157-327-5
  • 8.5 × 10.3 in / 352 pages