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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297863258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297863250
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.7 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They [Hairy Bikers] know their pies... This is a comprehensive book with notes on ingredients and techniques that are great for beginners (METRO)

There are more than 140 drool-inducing recipes bubbling out of this book like steaming filling escaping through a gap in the pastry. Not only are the recipes easy to follow and delicious they also enjoy a garnish of Si and Dave's humour and nostalgic musings for good measure. (BBC COUNTRYFILE)

There's nothing quite so comforting as a really well-made pie. From classic favourites to new combinations, the BBC's Hairy Bikers have got it covered. (Sally Hughes BBC GOOD FOOD)

This cheerful collection of recipes includes double crust, open tarts, raised pies and sweet pies. (Vanessa Berridge DAILY EXPRESS)

Even if you're not a cookery fan, the pair's enthusiasm for unpretentious, tasty, filling foodmakes for feel-good viewing, and that enthusiasm shines through the pages of Perfect Pies. (CARAVAN CLUB MAGAZINE)

The definitive Pie Bible from the Kings of Pie. (WESTERN MORNING NEWS)

This beautifully illustrated book brings together the British classic in 150 new recipes... the Hairy Bikers will inspire you to coo and share the mighty dish with the ones you love. (Press & Journal (Highland & Islands))

This beautifully illustrated cookbook features an extraordinary range of pies, both sweet and savoury. (LYTHAM ST ANNES EXPRESS)

A bible of the pie-maker's art, including sweet and savoury fillings, classic flavours and contemporary twists, plus tips for turning out the perfect crust (BBC GOOD FOOD MAGAZINE)

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A call to arms to celebrate the Great British classic, the PIE.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sarah T on 5 Jan. 2012
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For the price, I was expecting something a lot more...modest...than this hefty tome! I bought it as a present for my Dutch boyfriend, who was curious about pies (you can't really get them in the Netherlands) and wanted to try making some. The book is very thick, high quality with great illustrations.

The recipes section contains tons of ideas for pies, pasties, tarts, and there are a couple of less pie-y pastry recipes in the mix too (like gyozas and baklava). The recipes are well laid out, although lacking in an overall cooking time, which would be helpful. We've made a bunch of recipes from the book now and they were easy to follow - and tasty!

Particularly useful is the section at the back (though...would have made more sense to be at the front) with basics on making pies and pastry. Even if you think you know what you're doing, it's still worth a read for some of the hints and tips that I am sure most home cooks will learn from.

You certainly can't go wrong with this book for this price. Everyone (who likes pies) should add it to their shelf!
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151 of 155 people found the following review helpful By S. Pearson on 22 Nov. 2011
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I have never bought a Hairy Bikers cookbook before, and as I find their television presence most annoying (Dude?! At their age?!) I was more than hesitant when it came to purchasing this book. At under a tenner, I thought it was probably worth a punt, and I am so glad I made my purchase. The book is beautifully presented (I think I'm correct in saying that every recipe is accompanied by an opposing full page photograph), and the recipes are easy to follow and surprisingly diverse. The book does not limit itself to just the standard pie, but gives recipes for various sweet options, flans, tarts, quiches, various types of pastry, large pies and finger foods, suet puddings, side dishes, things to do with your left over scraps of pastry, a satisfying amount of vegetarian options... I could go on, but short of listing every recipe in the book, I couldn't convey its amazing breadth. I have attempted both the 'Deep-filled Chicken and Mushroom Pie' on page 15, and the 'Pear, Walnut and Dolcelatte Tarts' on page 131, and while I consider myself a reasonably confident cook, I was surprised with just how professional and delicious the results were. Finally, I would happily cook and eat each and every recipe in this book; a remarkable statement, and one that I can't make for any other cookbook on my shelf.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kay A on 12 Jun. 2012
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This is the first review I have ever written,but this book is probably the best recipe book I own, and this is from someone who finds the hairy bikers incredibly irritating on tv. Well done hairy bikers, I may have to reconsider my opinion of you!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. MARKS on 16 Nov. 2011
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I got this book just before the weekend, flicked through the pages Friday and picked two recipes for Sunday's dinner; Beef Wellington & Apple Pie.
Well the Beef Wellington is to die for. It was truly amazing. Our friends who were over (one was a chef - hobbyist now was professional) - said he would have been proud if he cooked the Wellington. It was truly amazing!
The Apple Pie, I am to blame for it not coming out as well as it should have been, but still it was very yummy.

At the back of the book it gives you lots of handy tips and advice. It's really worth flicking to the back and reading that section.

My only negative and this is the ONLY reason for the 4 stars is they don't give you a prep/chill/cook timings as a header. I find that useful to be perfectly honest... helps me scan for quick dinners... You MUST read the recipe to work out how long it will take. Thankfully I did this with the Beef Wellington. It took 2&1/2 hours to get it to chill stage, which it requires a minimum of 2 hours to overnight. To actually bake it, it is only 40 min's depending on how you like your meat cooked... But it's a good idea anyway to read the recipe before you start weighing your ingredients, so time to put that into practice.

Buy this book! It has many, many dog ears pages. My partner has asked if we start from the front we can work our way through the book!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tamaartje on 28 Nov. 2011
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I was a bit hesitant to buy this book, as I own about 12 cookbooks on baking already. Because of the price and my love for the Hairy Bikers :-D decided to buy it anyway (can always gift it to someone else) and am glad I did. There isn't a recipe in there I wouldn't like to try and thankfully they have chosen pie in the broadest sense of the term (although this seems to bother some reviewers)the book is extremely divers.
Actually I have very little to add about the recipe content that hasn't been said in the other reviews already, reading the ones from 'gadget girl "wifi"' and "xxshowponyxx" together about cover it all.

It's a beautiful book to flip through. Great pictures, easy lay-out, clear recipes. Very good index, with both recipe names and ingredients. I've tried 3 recipes so far (all of them savoury) and they all turned out excellent, except there is no salt in their short crust pastry, that might be a matter of personal taste, but I really think it needs it.
There is also a good balance between easy every day recipes and elaborate special occasion recipes and a little surprising coming from the bikers, there are also a fair number of recipes that don't require 3 trips to the gym to recover from :-)
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