I promise to become a monthly member of KCRW if you tell me which are the very best 2-3 pie cookbooks, books about pie history, etc. I want to embark on a year of pie exploration (with a goal of entering the 2012 pie contest) and need some books to get me going. I just finished Tartine’s Bread, so I’m not a baking novice, but I have limited pie experience.
There are a lot of pie books out there and I have most of them. Just like eating pie, one man’s favorite pie cookbook will be another girl’s not-so-great. But here is a list of engaging, interesting books to start.
For history it’s Pie, A Global History by Janet Clarkson
For information overload and extremely accurate measurements it’s The Pie and Pastry Bible, by Rose Levy Beranbaum
For a ton of recipes (300) and inspiration it’s Pie by Ken Haedrich
For more history and a primer on savory pie making it’s Pie by Angela Boggiano
For something small, manageable and instructive it’s James McNair’s Pie Cookbook