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The Hairy Bikers' Perfect Pies: The Ultimate Pie Bible from the Kings of Pies by [Bikers, Hairy, King, Si, Myers, Dave]
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The Hairy Bikers' Perfect Pies: The Ultimate Pie Bible from the Kings of Pies Kindle Edition

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 38993 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SZ1EXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 413 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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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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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I’m a sucker for a pie – eating them, and of course cooking them – so a whole cookbook full of yummy pies just has to be a great purchase, whichever way you choose to look at it. And I know that the Hairy Bikers’ pie recipes will be reliable, and interesting. I brought this book for a treat for myself, and I’m not sorry I did. There are more than 140 pie recipes in here – 140! Pies! How can you go wrong!? Over 350 pages of deliciousness.

The book is divided into sections of double-crust, handheld, top-crust, open-topped, plate, potato-topped, party, raised and freeform, fancy and suet pies and tarts, with final sections of sides, salads, sauces, what to do with leftovers, and the basics – there’s a great recipe for chocolate shortcrust in this section, which I have used a few times already. The Basics section is worth purchasing the book for in itself; it tells you in detail, with accompanying photos, everything you need to know to take away the mystery and worry about making pastry and pies – what equipment and ingredients, how to make shortcrust by hand or in a food processor, variations on shortcrust pastry (including sweet varieties), how to make rough puff pastry, flaky pastry, pate sucree, hot-water crust, crumble toppings, how to roll out homemade or ready brought pastry, lining a tin, baking blind, putting on top crusts, decorating and top tips.

And the recipes themselves are glorious – ranging from quick store-cupboard pies with what you can find in the pantry, to pies to take to a sports game, to pies for entertaining (both savoury and sweet). The sides, salads and sauces section offers recipes for all sorts to go with your savoury or sweet pies – from variations on a potato theme, to vegetable sides and accompaniments, delicious gravies and pickles.
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Excellent book, as with all their books the recipes are easy to follow and the ones I made so far have been great. Possibly not for the really figure conscious but I would recommend this book to everyone, it really is proper cooking.
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This book has the recipes that I remember from my childhood, cooked by my gran. Proper egg custard tart, steak and kidney pud, savoury mince meat pie. This is the food of my childhood. This is the nectar of the gods. Plus, as someone who has always been hopeless with pastry, I've found that following their directions I can do it. AND I can do it well. This book is not only the best cookery book I've ever owned it's also the only one that everyone who eats at my house has asked me to buy them for their birthday. This is my Bible! Who ate all the pies? Oh. That'll be me then!
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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.

Heather
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