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Pieminister: A Pie for All Seasons
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2011
I tend to steer clear of recipe books with a single genre pies, macarons, bread etc) as I often found that, only one or two recipes appeal to me. This is NOT the case with Pieminister. I mainly went for it because I'm a fan of the moo pie and was hoping to get the recipe (it's not here, in case you're wondering, however an adaptation is). Spurred on by the many positive reviews I broke my rule and went for it. How glad am I! The book begins with recipes for short, rough puff, suet, sour cream and sweet pastry - even giving suggestions for using the scraps, in a real 'waste-not-want-not' air. They (very sensibly) admit that puff and filo should be left to the professionals. The book is then subdivided into pie recipes using seasonal ingredients (savoury and sweet) and ends with accompaniments recipes for both. I was inspired by the ernest writing and anecdotes. There are many recipes I cannot wait to try. The instruction is clear enough to be informative, yet laid-back enough to allow you to make your own adjustments. I jumped up and made the rough puff, for the first time, as soon I put the book down: please note that I have struggled normally with even easy shortcrust pastry. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I've uploaded a picture. I will tell you, it tasted even better!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2011
I love Pie Minister pies, I love the ethos of the brand and I love this book!

The book itself is a sturdy hardback with good quality pages. Every recipe has an illustration, a definite bonus - I hate recipe books without pictures.

There is great advice on making pastry, which will make this a great reference book for many recipes. The book is split into the seasons, to help you cook with good seasonal ingredients. It goes beyond just meat pies, there are sweet pies, fish pies, vegetarian pies. There is also a section on good drinks to match your pies and recipes for accompaniments.

In summary, I heartily recommend this book!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2011
I'm a dedicated Pieminister fan, but I'm a bit of a reluctant cook. I get all enthusiastic about beautiful recipe books, I dive in and admire the layout, oogle the photography, study the ingredients and then... I usually leave it at that. I loved the seasonal story of a year of pies, the mouth-watering pictures and nice anecdotes, but it's got bags of substance too. It's packed with really different and tasty-sounding takes on the humble pie. I've only had it since the weekend and - hold the front page - I've already cooked one of the recipes - Romany's Lucky Ducky pie. It was "a triumph, darling!" as we like to say in our family. Really looking forward to tucking into some more soon...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2011
When my mate told me that Pieminister were publishing their first cookbook, I bookmarked it straight away to buy. Ok, so I only just got round to buying it, but I'm very glad I did!

Although aptly released in time for the coming winter months, there really is 'a pie for all seasons' here (to use their subtitle). I am partial to a good cookbook but must admit that I very rarely follow the recipes in them. They make for good bedtime reading - I flick through the pages, make some notes, jot ideas of flavourings, but never get round to using them.

However, I think it would be difficult to resist the temptation to cook from this particular book. There are gorgeous photos throughout with quirky little illustrations dotted around too. The recipes are unnumbered and a little more longwinded than I would personally prefer, but have fantastic names that really catch your attention - 'poussin boots' or 'pietanic' anyone? I've already tried the Butter 'nut nut' pie - a gorgeous butternut squash pie with crunchy nuts on top - which I took into work where it got devoured like crazy!

The actual content of the book is well-thought out too - you don't just have recipe after recipe, which can get tedious, but chunks of other useful or interesting info as well.

For instance, you can learn about the best cuts of meat for pies, some worldy facts about pie, Jon and Tristan's favourite pie shops, and even pick up tips on what to do with pastry trimmings - though I don't see what's wrong with just baking the titbits and munching them straight out the oven ;-) But it's the little details like this that really put their signature on this book. Great personal touch.

And that's the most important feeling you get from this book I think - that pure love for pie :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2011
As a huge Pieminister fan I couldn't wait to get stuck into this very readable recipe book. First up were the Glamping pies. No, we weren't under canvas, but I thought these sausage based pies would appeal to my three children. I am no chef, but I found these pies simple to make and I was very pleased when the whole family enthusiastically wolfed the lot.
Yesterday I attempted Mr Jefferson's Parmigiana Pie. This aubergine, tomato and mozzarella pie with a breadcrumb and parmesan topping was absolutely delicious and, again, thoroughly enjoyed by all.
A Pie for All Seasons is an attractive, light-hearted recipe book with easy to follow instructions and lots of new and exciting versions of the humble pie - buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Pieminister are by now a familiar brand on supermarket shelves; who can forget the Will & Kate Royal Wedding Pie earlier this year? This book works through every pie filling imaginable season by season; how to make all types of pastry, using up left over bits and avoiding soggy bottoms. My favourite section is the autumn one featuring curry pies to tie in with Diwalhi and the recipe for rabbit, pork and black pudding roll.

Contrary to all the "shabby chic" baking books around, this is quite a masculine book with vector style graphics; good for blokes who like baking pies as well as eating them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2011
I have been a big fan of pieminister for some time now and have been eagerly awaiting this book. It has certainly lived up to al expectations. The recipes all look delicious and I cant want to get stuck in and start making some pies - it just a question what to choose. There are sweet ones, savoury , veggies, rabbitt rolls, mini pasties, you name it - they've covered it!. Its also a good fun read without being 'over pally' along side the recipes are some great tips to help you through the seasons... camping tips, hangover cures, cider making to name but a few.... I will be cooking my first recipe this Saturday.. Cant wait!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2011
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my boyfriend after he expressed an interest in it. It looks wonderful. The receipes sound great and the pictures are really beautiful. It would have been nice for it to have had a dust cover, but I'm just being careful with it until it's given! I'm really looking forward to having some delicious pies cooked for me (hopefully)!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2011
I bought this book having had the delicious Pieminister pies at food festivals and Borough Market, and I'm so pleased they have brought out a book to tell us how they do it! I got it on Amazon and loved it so much I bought it for all my friends for presents - the recipes are easy to follow and down to earth but produce incredible results to impress any of your mates! There are pastry recipes, pies (of course) but also salads, sides and mouth-watering puddings which are organised into seasons so there is always something to make. In true Pieminister fashion there are funny stories, beautiful photography and personal touches so you find yourself reading it as a book as well as a cookbook, Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2012
I wouldn't spend my money on this book again now that I have a better one (The Hairy Bikers Pie Book).
Half of the book is about Pie-minister, history of pies, why they like pies etc, I just want a book full of brilliant pie recipes.
On the plus side it is large and heavy and has lots of nice photos.
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