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READ PDF ⚹ Pie Ó Apple pie Pumpkin pie Shepherd s pie Chicken potpie Sweet or savory, pies are beloved everyone has a favorite Yet despite its widespread appeal there has never been a book devoted to this humble dish until nowJanet Clarkson in Pie illustrates how what was once a purely pragmatic dish of thick layers of dough has grown into an esteemed creation of culinary art There is as much debate about how to perfect the ideal, flaky pastry crust as there is about the very definition of a pie Must it have a top and bottom crust Is a pasty a pie In flavorful detail, Clarkson celebrates the pie in all its variations She touches pon the pie s commercial applications, nutritional value, and cultural significance and she examines its international variations, from Britain s pork pie and Australia and New Zealand s endless varieties of meat pie to the Russian kurnik and good old fashioned American apple pieThis delectable salute to the many pies enjoyed the world over will satisfy the appetites of all readers hungry for culinary history and curious about the many varieties of this delightful food, and it just might inspire them to don aprons and head for the stove Americans, who think of pie as exclusively a fruit based phenomenon, may be disappointed that their pie gets short shrift, but the writing is strong, and the history is good And gotta love the quote that starts chapter 4 from Jane Austen Looking forward to trying some of the recipes Damn Fine PieI know author Janet Clarkson, She sure does make a damn fine pie, As well as any other food She turns her hand and mitten to.The Life of PieI ll try pies from all roundUntil my health forbids.Varieties abound,But if they re well prepared,I like both ones with lidsAnd with their contents bared.While my verdict s open,If they could be comparedAnd you must know my kenAbout which better fared,Then I prefer it whenThe types of pie are squared. Regardless of one s affinity towards sweets or lack thereof the phrase, As American as apple pie is a common one A warm, crusty, slice of pie is as much an ornamental figure of culture as it is actually in bellies Janet Clarkson shares a cultural and social history exploration of pie in Reaktion Books The Edible Series with Pie A Global History Pie is a small, glossy book filled with full color photos and illustrations breaking the history of pie into a rational chronology Begin Regardless of one s affinity towards sweets or lack thereof the phrase, As American as apple pie is a common one A warm, crusty, slice of pie is as much an ornamental figure of culture as it is actually in bellies Janet Clarkson shares a cultural and social history exploration of pie in Reaktion Books The Edible Series with Pie A Global History Pie is a small, glossy book filled with full color photos and illustrations breaking the history of pie into a rational chronology Beginning with a brief history lesson of the linguistic and elemental structures of pie crust dough types, fillings, etc Clarkson attempts to generalize the advent of pie before moving onward towards types of pies, cultural feelings towards pies, and other topics The flow of Pie makes sense and has a steady pace maintaining reader attention.One should be forewarned that the focus of Pie is a social history and the book is quite brief it can be read in one sitting Therefore, it is not highly academic or scholarly and lacks details and advanced historical merit In fact, some of the information could be deemed speculative and based on assumption, rather than noted research Regardless, Pie still reveals insightful information and some interesting facts even if not as deep as one would hope Being that Clark s professional background is in the medical fields versus food or cookery there is a somewhat clinical and almost school report feel to Pie versus a passionate yearning to search high and low for the complete history of pie Readers hoping for an all inclusive and thorough look at pies will be disappointed as Pie isof a quick and cute introduction and overview This makes Pie suitable for the average reader with accessible text which is decently written and easy to understand in tone Pie features a strong focus on medieval cuisine which brings surprising revelations such as the adamant use of the now expensive and harder to come by spice, saffron The conclusion of Pie which explores some examples of pie in pop culture or media, feels rushed and abrupt, ending the book somewhat dejectedly However, the appendix offering some pie recipes brings flair to the after word Pie at least the edition I read lacks a proper editor as there are some proofing errors such as repeated words i.e There is something called called pg 71 Even though Pie is not a detailed look into the world of these beloved pastries, it is a fun foray with interesting factoids who knew there was an American Pie Council which also raise questions regarding the definition of pie, its importance in society and its future Pie is a sweet read for a quick non heavy taste of pie pun intended Just be careful if reading while on a diet you WILL crave pie its history is quite meaty.