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Pies Are Awesome

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10/10. I love pies, and this book is a treasure trove of amazing looking recipes, all set out well and easy to follow
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Thank you to the author, publisher, and NG for a copy of this book in exchange for honest feedback. I love to read cookbooks and try out new ideas, so when I read through this book I was approaching this as an interested beginner. I haven't made that many pies, but the ones I have made have tasted good but didn't look great. I was hoping to also find instructions on how to improve the looks & designs of pie. The book provides techniques, recipes, and art designs that fit my hopes perfectly. Examples are themed after different celebrations, art techniques, ingredients, etc. For example, there are pies for birthdays, weddings, NYE, sports, valentines, mothers/father's day, Halloween, Christmas, etc. They are appropriate also for baking from scratch or using store bought ingredients, thus making for "doable" and accessible recipes.

Overall, a decent book for pie making. Great for a range of skill levels. It met my hopes of showing how to make pies look good as well as taste good!
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Great info on different types of pie crusts for decorating, but man the decoration skills, ingredients and equipment required were way above my pay grade. Good for inspiration, not for imitation (for me at least).
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This is an absolute MUST for the person that loves to make pies!  This book is a work of art through out its pages and you'll be delighted with its contents! Pies like you've never seen before. This book WOWED me!!
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An excellent book on pie. A recommended first purchase for collections where baking cookbooks are popular.
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Pies are, indeed, awesome.

This book is a comprehensive guide to creating fabulous, artistic pies that are worthy of a bakeoff showstopper.

The first 80-odd pages are the technical details, covering a brief history of pies, the myriad different types of dough that can be used to make the pies (including some great testing and swatching to show the difference rises and puffs) and the tools to create magic.  There is a LOT of technical details here: how to work with the doughs, stencilling building, avoiding soggy bottoms, and its all well written and easy to understand for a beginning piemaker.

The second section of the book is all about the designs.  There are step by step guides to make the designs included (and downloadable templates), but giving the baker enough scope to find their favourite doughs and fillings.  The designs themselves are stunning!

This is a wonderful, technical, visually stunning book that is sure to inspire even the newest of bakers.

~Many thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
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You may have thought about decorating cakes, but have you ever thought of decorating pies? In this book, you'll learn how you can decorate any pie. The ideas are creative and range from easy, a silly turkey for Thanksgiving, to complex, a 3-D fairy on top of a cake. Each pie has detailed instructions for decorating and templates for the decorations are available. 

With this book, a new world of dessert decoration will open up.
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Pros: The photographs throughout this book are fantastic and show off the true artistry in the pies.  I loved how inclusive the holidays featured were (Lunar New Year, Diwali, Pi Day!) and that it wasn’t just Christmas. My favorite pie design was the folk art bee pie—it is lovely.  I think many of these designs are beyond my artistic abilities except for maybe the goofy turkey pie, but I loved seeing the creativity that went into these pies. That being said, I think these designs are accessible to many bakers and artists—they made me think of the “show stoppers” on the Great British Bake Off!

Cons: This is not a con about the content but a note to readers that this book is about creating art and not about pie recipes. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point for the opportunity to read this book.
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I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Wow! I did not know there were so many ways to approach and create works of art through pie. I mean, I guess I should have, as I’ve watched every season of Great British Baking Show I can get my hands on, but this book took pie to a whole new level for me. Not only that, the authors included all the info necessary for me to become a pie master in my own kitchen. I really like that this book starts by providing a foundation of basic pie techniques and things you need to know. It’s perfect for a novice like me, but can be easily glossed over by a more expert baker who already knows these things. What bakers of any skill level are likely to find appealing here is the variety of creative ideas for new pie recipes and the array of provided templates in the back that you can use to help you prep perfect pie designs. 

The pictures and use of color throughout the book are useful and inviting without being overwhelming, and I actually found the whole aesthetic of the book to be relaxing, if that makes sense. 

Check this one out if you’ve always wanted to create a showstopper masterpiece worthy of Paul Hollywood, even if you don’t yet know your way around a pie tin. If you’re a seasoned baker, this one might still be worth it for some new creative inspiration. I can’t wait to get in the kitchen!
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Gorgeous! If the recipes weren’t included (they are) I would call this an art book. That’s how beautiful these pies are! I love that the author included templates and doesn’t just say “hey good luck”. Now don’t get me wrong some (read most) are way above my pay grade but there’s some “starter” pies that are totally doable for a newbie like me.
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Technical....

A very technical approach to pie decorating. With a very factual description on the prep before decorating or creating pie art. I think I would have utilized step by step photography for my own visualization.
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You don't have to wait until Pi day to make pies.  If you have ever even thought about making pies or learning to make pies this is the book for you.  Some of these pies are way too pretty to cut. Don't let those pies intimidate you.  There's plenty in this book that will be in your comfort zone. If you have never made pie crust this book will walk you through the steps of making a good pie crust. Yes your pies can be works of art as well.
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Pies Are Awesome: The Definitive Pie Art Book: Step-by-Step Designs for All Occasions by Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin is currently scheduled for release on November 23 2001. The pie art projects in this book are centered around some of our most popular and cherished celebrations in the hopes that they will encourage you to develop your own tasty new traditions with friends and family. The ample step-by-step photos take you through Jessica’s easy-to-follow, groundbreaking pie art techniques, while the writing style encourages experimentation and creative discovery. From decorative patterns to more elaborate themes, the pie art designs in this book, ranging from easy to difficult, for novice and experienced bakers alike, include amazing-looking and -tasting pies to celebrate Birthdays (children and adults)Weddings, Baby Showers, New Year’s Eve/Day, Super Bowl, Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, Pi Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Bastille Day, Diwali, Halloween, Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. The book also includes tricks for working with your own tried-and-true dough recipes and store-bought dough; modifications to personalize projects; and online resources for printable templates, pie communities, friendly challenges, and more.

Pies Are Awesome offers readers exactly what the title promises. The information and techniques are well described with easy to follow instructions. The tone of the writing is fun, occasionally geeky, and simply very personable. I liked that the author stressed the importance for certain steps or actions for success, they also encouraged creativity and trying things your own way to find out what works best to fit their own needs. They never seemed to take themselves too seriously or became condescending or superior in their writing tone, which sometimes happens in this type of book. As someone who enjoys baking and has always been a bit intimidated by dealing with pie crust in general, this book made the prospect both more and less intimidating at the same time. She made everything seem so doable, but the photographs of some of the completed pies are just so beautiful and complex that it still feels a bit daunting. If I do attempt some of this pie art, I think I will start with some of the simpler projects, like the Monster Mouth pie. I love that the author included encouragement ad inspiration for people to tackle this edible art for, and included resources for templates and further information to readers that want to explore the art and community involved in it if they so choose.
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These pies are ridiculous and I love them so much! I will NEVER be able to make pies as good as these so I'm not even going to try.
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This book is about turning your pies into artwork, and the examples are gorgeous! There is extensive info about techniques, including coloring, templates, and sculpting dough. There are "recipes" with step by step color photo instructions to create your art pie, but this is not a book with a bunch of different flavor options for pies. The example pies are mostly based on a holiday or another reason for celebrating. While some of the recipes say "beginner," this is not a book for a novice baker. If you already love pie and pie making and want to try something new for decorating, this book is full of great ideas to wow your family and friends. I'm giving this book 5 stars because it delivers wonderfully on its purpose of pie art, but it is not a general purpose book of how to make all the different flavors of pies.
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This book is aspirational, not for beginners at all. The writing and instructions are bouncy and fun. The templates and step-by-steps give you all the parts you'll need. That is, if you are a sculpture. If you are a baker, this will remind you why you haven't applied for Bake Off. This book is art first and foremost. This is pie as sculptural centerpiece. If you watch Bake Off and think "I want to try that" this is perfect for you. If you are looking to dip your toes in to the notion of fancying up your pies, this might intimidate you back into crumble toppings for the next three years.
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If you want to take your pie decorating game to the next level, you need this book. The first 75 pages are dedicated to techniques (like how to overcome major pie dough issues like shrinkage, color loss on tinted doughs and more) and the rest is page after beautiful page of the most gorgeous pie decorations I've ever seen. Really next level stuff here. Even if you aren't interested in crafting pie art like she does, the techniques are super helpful and the images are inspiring. 

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book. My review is voluntary and all opinions are my own.
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This is a fabulous book if you like making pastry and want to take it to the next level.  Jessica provides very detailed instructions borne out of her experience of becoming a pastry art expert in a very short period. It's written in a light hearted manner (you just know she's experienced all the trials and tribulations). This will be a book I'll consult often
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This is a super cool book for anyone looking for make some pie art. As someone who bakes a lot, I loved learning techniques on how to make really pretty bakes!
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This is an excellent pie cookbook for the novice and the experienced baker.  I am experienced, and I never knew that pie could be done individually on sticks or built upwards!  It starts with listing basic equipment needed, and continues with luxury equipment.  The book is complete with descriptions and photos.  There are templates and recipes to make the delicious pies featured.  I can't make up my mind which I want to make first!  I'm very excited!  I'm 50, and I've been baking my whole life.  I feel like I'm just starting again!
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