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The Hairy Bikers' Perfect Pies: The Ultimate Pie Bible from the Kings of Pies [Hardcover]

Hairy Bikers , Si King , Dave Myers
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Book Description

13 Oct 2011 Hairy Bikers

This is the definitive Pie Bible from the Kings of Pie, The Hairy Bikers.

In their culinary homecoming, Si and Dave celebrate a dish close to their hearts. This beautifully illustrated cookbook brings together the Great British classic in 150 brand-new recipes. Featuring an extraordinary range of pies - from the sweet and savoury, deep and small, and to the pies that are puddings - The Hairy Bikers will inspire you to coo and share the mighty dish with the ones you love.

With top tips on pastry, the failsafe methods, the secrets and the cheats, the boys will teach you how to choose the right type of pastry and filling for any occasion. Learn the rules of pastry making and how to add the right pickles, relishes and sauces to make your pie an unforgettable dish. And of course, how to make the most of those little left over bits and turn them into delicious cheese straws, jam tarts and turnovers.

This is a heart-warming, delicious and nostalgic recipe book that can be enjoyed by families, friends and fans of the nation's favourite dish.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297863258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297863250
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,716 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 2012-01-01)

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 2012-01-01)

This cheerful collection of recipes includes double crust, open tarts, raised pies and sweet pies. (Vanessa Berridge DAILY EXPRESS 2011-12-16)

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 2012-01-01)

The definitive Pie Bible from the Kings of Pie. (WESTERN MORNING NEWS 2011-11-19)

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) 2011-11-28)

This beautifully illustrated cookbook features an extraordinary range of pies, both sweet and savoury. (LYTHAM ST ANNES EXPRESS 2012-11-29)

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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143 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pies indeed 22 Nov 2011
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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it! 5 Jan 2012
By Sarah T
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper cook book! 7 Mar 2013
By Rhomin
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I don't need to spend a fortune on ingredients when I lift this book and also don't need to plan a shopping trip. Have most of the ingredients in my cupboards already. I find with too many cookery books these days that it's not possible, to just open the book and get straight to work. Lots more than just pies too, so excellent value for money and a cookery book that's already well used/. Have already recommended it to a few friends so can't give a higher recommendation than that.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang goes my figure 12 Oct 2011
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The book arrived about an hour ago and I've spent that hour happily thumbing through it.
It really is a superb book and deserves a place in every kitchen. Wonderful recipes of all sorts of pies and a very useful chapter on side dishes. The recipes are easy to follow. The illustrations are good, too.
As a vegetarian it was good to see a fair number of savoury pies that I can eat and lots more for my meat-eating daughter's family. Lots of these pies will find their way to my table whenever I have an excuse.
Sweet pies are well represented but I didn't see any tarte tatins which is a pity since I have very few recipes for them. But, hey, how often do we make them?
I'm just itching for the next family meal.
Go on, buy it. And to hell with the waistline.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for pie lovers 28 Nov 2011
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recipes
All the pies I have made from this recipe book have turned out to be delicious. Easy to follow instructions. Thank you Hairy Bikers
Published 9 days ago by wakeuplittlesuzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent value, with some very tasty meals!
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another good practical book from the Bikers.
Published 11 days ago by Mr. J. R. Burdge
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the Pies Handbook
I received the book yesterday. I haven't cooked anything yet, so I cannot really say if the recipies are ok. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eleni
5.0 out of 5 stars Hairy Biker's all the way
what can I say? they are full of surprises..only..positive ones. I have already made the meat and veg pasties and chicken pie...really good stuff. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eleni
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Beautifully presented book with excellent recipe instructions.

Would recommend this book to others as there is a great variety of recipes.
Published 1 month ago by J. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book.Good ,reliable, wholesome recipes .Worth every penny!
Excellent choice of recipes.All easy to follow,very clear & so far they have all turned out exactly as the picture shows.A brilliant addition to anyones library.
Published 1 month ago by Kate Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars this now my pie bible
follow Si and Dave's clear instructions and you will have pies to die for just simply brilliant simple and easy and sooooo tasty
Published 1 month ago by Graeme Keenan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
Very good recipies and very well explained...and excellent results!!! Eventhough I do not like very much English cousine I think this book and the receipes inside are great!!!
Published 1 month ago by BRU
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pie,s
Lots of idea .s for meals for family and friends . all so many idea.s for entertaining party.s and picnic.s
Published 2 months ago by Ashley Burdon
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