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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161769102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617691027
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allison Kave is the founder of the made-to-order First Prize Pies pie shop on the Lower East Side. In 2012 she and partner Keavy Blueher, owner of Kumquat Cupcakery in NYC, teamed up to open Butter & Scotch, a dessert and cocktail bar in Brooklyn. Allison has been featured in the New York Times, Food & Wine (they named First Prize Pies one of its "10 Favorite Places for Pie" in the US) and more.

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I bought this book as a gift, so can't really rate it. I loved the look of the book, flicked through it, read a few of the lovely recipes, then wrapped it up.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
"DELICIOUS PIE AND CRUST RECIPES, HELPFUL TIPS, COLORFUL PHOTOS, AND MUCH MORE!" 2 April 2014
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
While I own a collection of cookbooks, I needed one filled with recipes just for pies, and homemade pie crusts. My daughter and I chose this cookbook out of several, and are extremely satisfied with it. We are amazed by the top quality of this book, and all the information it offers. It is also a very enjoyable book, packed with inspiring stories.

The Introduction tells the story of how and where it all began, with a love for cooking and baking, passed down from one generation to another. The delightful stories take the reader to many places across the globe, and shows you about the family inspiration of baking in New York, from winning pie-baking contests, to becoming a famous culinary business owner.

Allison Kave gives information on the essential kitchen needs and tools to have on hand. In addition, the author shares her own pie secrets with helpful tips, and tricks. I learned a great deal on making a variety of mouth-watering pie-fillings, and crusts. We also learn how to create different mouth-watering toppings, and the essential ingredients to make perfect pies, and crusts.

Some of the Key Ingredients for good pie crusts are: Flour; Sugar; Cream & Milk; Eggs; butter; Salt. Many of the ingredients needed for pie crusts are common. The Tools Of The Trade section, along with learning how to make many different types of pie crusts are very interesting.

Some of the mouth-watering recipes include: Spiced Fig Pie; Chocolate Lavender Teatime Pie; Avocado Cream Pie; smoked Almond Pie; Sesame-Honey Pie; Lemon Cream Pie; Salty Caramel Pie; Strawberry Rhubarb Pie; Mint Julep Cream pie; and many more. A bonus for me was to learn how to make delicious, Candied Mint Leaves. They not only taste good, but are attractive on the toppings such as cream topping.

We made the Toasted Coconut Cream Pie, which was divine. Our favorite so far was the Shoo-fly Pie. It was a sensation. I tasted this pie many years ago, when I visited Dutch Country in Pennsylvania with my children, while on vacation. It is known as an Amish cuisine, and I always wanted to get a recipe for it. We will update this review as we make new recipes, and I will be gifting this inspiring book to friends and family for the holidays. Highly recommended!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
One pie down, one big success. 13 May 2014
By Kiwi Kitchen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Okay, so I've only had this book for a few days and I've only baked one pie so far. But it was the Toasted Coconut Cream Pie. And it was a sensational success. It was easy to make (one pre-baked pie shell, fill with cooked custard and cool) so it was my mother's day treat to myself to hang out in the kitchen and make a delicious dessert pie to indulge in that night! And I loved the combination of toasted coconut and coconut cream. I admit, I'm a sucker for anything coconutty, but still this was good. My husband loved it, my six year old loved it, and even my fussy four year old is asking when can we make it again. I'll downgrade my rating from five stars if I find some hit-and-miss recipes - but for now I'm really happy.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If I could Give this book 10 stars out of 5 I would 7 Jun 2014
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Without a doubt, this is the best pie book I have ever owned. I love making pies as a hobby, and my wife gave me this book on my birthday. I am simply blown away by this book. The pie recipes are spot on, and the crust recipes are dynamite. I thought I was making decent pies before I bought this book, but now I feel like my pies are over the top now. I cannot recommend this book more. Also, aesthetically, the book is really nice and has great pictures throughout. If you like making pies or want to learn, you will not be disappointed.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Good for new bakers, but has some issues. 11 Jun 2014
By Michelle Hoppen Sellars - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a good cookbook for people with zero to moderate experience baking, and also has some interesting flavor combos more experienced bakers may not have seen before. Many of the pies are fairly easy to make, and there are 3 or so basic formulas the pies are based around (crust, filling, topping).

My main complaint is that sometimes there isn't enough troubleshooting or explanation. For example, the recipe for chai pie calls for "chai spice." Well, that could be anything. There's the sugary stuff that Starbucks has (which I imagine isn't what the author intended, but it is what most people think of when they think of chai), and then there is chai made from actual ground spices. But there are as many chai blends as there are people who make chai, and the author doesn't even give a suggestion of the spices to use. I also had some issues with the crumb crusts, and the author gave no troubleshooting for what to do if your crust caved in in the oven, etc., despite the fact that the recipes gives a range of ingredient amounts to use.

One nice thing is that there aren't too many special ingredients that you'll have to order on Amazon. Unlike, say, the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, First Prize Pies isn't overly picky about your ingredients, though it does suggest organic when possible. The author suggests you weigh ingredients with a kitchen scale, but that's only really needed when making the pie crust.

The three pies I've made have all been good, but the Earl Grey/lavender one was the standout. I've also tried the root beer pie and the trifecta pie (had some issues with the crust on that one too). I'm sure I'll make 90% of the pies in the book at some point--it's definitely a cookbook that will see some use. But it's hard to give this one 5 stars when I have books like My Paris Kitchen and The Splendid Table on my shelf.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Book 28 April 2014
By Julie Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has step-by-step directions, wonderful photos and truly unique and inventive recipes for great seasonal pies. Allison has done a beautiful job both putting the book together and developing pie recipes that are imaginative and delicious. Her addition of personal anecdotes makes it a book to sit down and leaf through even if you aren't in a baking mood, but by the end of the second month, you will be ready to put on your apron!
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