Pies Are Awesome

The Definitive Pie Art Book: Step-by-Step Designs for All Occasions

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Pub Date 23 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 06 Dec 2021

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World-renowned pie artist Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin shares her easy, approachable, and never-before-seen pie art techniques, delicious recipes, and 28 pie art designs centered around holidays and life occasions.

Let pie baker extraordinaire Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin take you by the oven mitt and spirit you away to a delicious, magical, new world of pie-sibilities in this first-of-its-kind pie art book! Whether you are a master baker, a little pie-curious, or just want to drool over the pictures while you lounge in your fuzzy socks, Jessica will show you just how easy it is for you to become your own pie-oneering pie artist! 
 
The pie art projects in this book are centered around some of our most popular and cherished celebrations in the hopes that they will encourage you to develop your own tasty new traditions with friends and family. The ample step-by-step photos take you through Jessica’s easy-to-follow, groundbreaking pie art techniques, while the friendly and funny (and a bit geeky) writing style encourages experimentation and creative discovery. With Pies Are Awesome, get ready to wow the pants off your crew at your next game night, baby shower, birthday party, or any of the social occasions that call for pie…which is, let’s face it, all of them. 

From decorative patterns to more elaborate themes, the pie art designs in this book, ranging from easy to difficult, for novice and experienced bakers alike, include amazing-looking and -tasting pies to celebrate:

Birthdays (children and adults)WeddingsBaby ShowersNew Year’s Eve/DaySuper BowlLunar New YearValentine’s DayPi DaySt. Patrick’s DayEasterMother’s DayFather’s DayFourth of JulyBastille DayDiwaliHalloweenDay of the DeadThanksgivingHanukkahChristmasPies Are Awesome also includes tricks for working with your own tried-and-true dough recipes and store-bought dough; modifications to personalize projects; and online resources for printable templates, pie communities, friendly challenges, and more.

World-renowned pie artist Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin shares her easy, approachable, and never-before-seen pie art techniques, delicious recipes, and 28 pie art designs centered around holidays and...


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From the foreword: "A good pie is just a long sequence of easy tasks done correctly." Ain't that the truth, Duff. Pies *ARE* awesome! They really are. This book is not so much a cookbook, but an artistic inspiration and coaching guide if you want to take your pies from simply delicious dessert, and level them up to works of art. I love to bake, including pies. I can't say that I would go to the lengths described in this book to take my pies from dessert to showstoppers (a la Great British Bake Off), but...oh, how it was fun to read this book and see how a showstopper pie is made, along with some of the history of pie art. If you want to learn and master the fundamentals of pie crusts and fillings, I wouldn't recommend this book and would point you instead to Erin Jeanne McDowell's "The Book of Pie" to start. If you've got pie crusts and fillings mastered and want to try your hand at pie art, "Pies Are Awesome" would be a great addition to your baking library. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC of this book, in exchange for my honest review.

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Pies Are Awesome by Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin is so much more than just your standard pie book. This has everything you might need to know about pies, from the dough to the filling, to stencilling and baking. Eve thrum good is easily explained and the pictures complement the book so well.

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Publication date: November 23, 2021 Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. World-renowned pie artist Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin shares her easy, approachable, and never-before-seen pie art techniques, delicious recipes, and 28 pie art designs centred around holidays and life occasions. Let pie baker extraordinaire Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin take you by the oven mitt and spirit you away to a delicious, magical, new world of pie-sibilities in this first-of-its-kind pie art book! Whether you are a master baker, a little pie-curious, or just want to drool over the pictures while you lounge in your fuzzy socks, Jessica will show you just how easy it is for you to become your own pie-oneering pie artist! The pie art projects in this book are centred around some of our most popular and cherished celebrations in the hopes that they will encourage you to develop your own tasty new traditions with friends and family. The ample step-by-step photos take you through Jessica’s easy-to-follow, groundbreaking pie art techniques, while the friendly and funny (and a bit geeky) writing style encourages experimentation and creative discovery. With Pies Are Awesome, get ready to wow the pants off your crew at your next game night, baby shower, birthday party, or any of the social occasions that call for pie…which is, let’s face it, all of them. From decorative patterns to more elaborate themes, the pie art designs in this book, ranging from easy to difficult, for novice and experienced bakers alike, include amazing-looking and -tasting pies to celebrate: **Birthdays (children and adults) **WeddingsBaby Showers **New Year’s Eve/DaySuper Bowl **Lunar New Year **Valentine’s Day **Pi Day **St. Patrick’s Day **Easter **Mother’s Day **Father’s Day **Fourth of July **Bastille Day **Diwali **Halloween **Day of the Dead **Thanksgiving **Hanukkah **Christmas Pies Are Awesome also includes tricks for working with your own tried-and-true dough recipes and store-bought dough; modifications to personalize projects; and online resources for printable templates, pie communities, friendly challenges, and more. Pie art is SO HOT RIGHT NOW ... I even did one recently with lime curd and blueberries...very simple but it was appreciated! The ideas in here are awesome and I can see trying to make many of them with the provided excellently written instructions guiding me to awesomeness. A great idea for a holiday gift for the baker in your life: Wrap it up in a tea towel as one can never have too many tea towels. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. ") on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧

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Uh wow! My first experience with these 3D pies and just wow! Love the cover but the inside was amazeballs! What did I like? Going through the pages I was completely shocked at all the gorgeous pies! Great pictures and details. The step by step was incredible. I had no idea this was a new trend with pie making. I’m not sure I have enough artistry in me to do this but it was definitely a gorgeous book! Would I recommend or buy? If your into craft making and want to add in pie making artistry then this book is for you. From making the crust to evolving your pie 3D this book has it all. I wonder what these pies would taste like! I love pie! I received a complimentary copy to read and voluntarily left a review!

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While I am not a gal who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, when I do, I like to bake! I like to follow instructions and recipes to a T and I like when I follow and things come out right! I have perfected the cookie, but I would love to dive into pie and I enjoy that you can personalize a pie with the decor on top, so when I saw this book, I had to get it and read it. I love that beyond giving all tips and tricks with pie decor, this book also gives you the basics with various doughs and pie filling options. I think this book could be a good companion to your basic pie recipes and can take you to the next level once you perfect your basic pie.

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Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for this free eARC. The cookbook is really well put together. Thr images are of high quality and everything about pies is so well explained. If you - like me - are not a pie baking master but you have a will to try and learn this book is for you. Every step is nicely explained and there are a lot of nice recipes you can try out. I really recommend this cookbook.

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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book! There are beautiful pictures of pie art and information on creating your own. The book talks about different techniques, styles, and ways to find inspiration for your pie art. The book also includes recipes for crusts, fillings, and helpful trouble shooting tips. The ebook version is a little less useful since the book has templates in it that are meant to be cut out. This book is a fun find for anyone who wants to up their pie game and create beautiful art!

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"The definitive pie art book - step-by-step designs for every occasion." With Thanksgiving in the United States just around the corner, many of you may be debating what to bring along for the annual family gathering. If you're a young adult, you might be assigned a vegetable dish or, heaven forfend, chips and dip if your kitchen skills are dubious. At the top of the culinary ladder are those tending to the turkey and trimmings, and perhaps most revered of all, the pie makers. Odds are that Aunt Louise has been bringing her specialty pies for decades now. Maybe it's time to shake things up and climb a few steps up that dish-assignment ladder by showing up with your chips and dip in one hand, and a fabulous Goofy Turkey Pie in the other. This whimsical pumpkin pie will impress the grownups and delight the kids. Everyone will want to see what you bring next year.  Maybe an intricate Quilt Pie will re-win the heart of that auntie who got knocked down a few rungs when you shot up the ladder to family foodie fame. And it's all thanks to a brilliantly photographed book with detailed, clear instructions and advice on how to bake a great pie and decorate it! You should have known from the start this book would be a winner when you saw the book's introduction was written by Duff "Ace of Cakes" Goldman. My thanks to author Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital advance review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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This is a great pie cookbook. I love the instructions, recipes and must own for any pie lover. The recipes were easy to hard but I would highly recommend.

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This is a fantastic book for people who want to learn to basically craft with pies and make artwork. The author does a great job telling how to do all the intricate steps and gives a variety of crust recipes, including a gluten free crust. She provides a handy chart that shows what various crusts are good for (all butter has great taste but is less fragile, for instance, and the gluten free crust only checks two boxes out of about 10). There's a lot of good tips here, like you should bake your top crust and add-ons first and then put them (cooled) right on top of the hot pie as it comes out of the oven. Otherwise they tend to need different amounts of time or ooze out the top and so on. She provides step-by-step instructions for about two dozen very intricate pies, with templates. In each one, you just pick your crust and your own filling and then follow the instructions to make the art element of it. She uses copious amounts of food coloring and artificial add-ons like food glitter, which I am not a fan of. I appreciate the beauty of these pies but wouldn't really want to eat them. She does offer some suggestions for natural coloring but she says they're basically not as good for a variety of reasons. Some don't require food coloring. This is not really a recipe book, so don't expect actual pie filling recipes. It is very much a craft book, just with food. It is a really wonderful one, especially for people who want to make these over the top creations. I would rather just eat a tasty pie. 😊 But for those who want to spend the time on this kind of culinary art, this will be a fantastic guide. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

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Wow, this is a great book! I wasn't familiar with the author's Instagram page, being a very casual Instagram user, but having a look now, there are some absolute works of art on there. The book talks you through several pie projects but I think what really does this for me was the technical section at the start. I swear pastry can be a bit of a dark art and there's only a few rare occasions where I've made it from scratch and gotten it right, otherwise just opting for the store bought pre-prepped stuff. But here, the author has really broken it down into the different types of dough, what problems you may encounter and how to fix it and more. This really does seem to be an essential book if you are wanting to take your pie making up a notch and make something that is both delicious and aesthetically pleasing.

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Need to get a creativity boost before upcoming holidays or just to show off to your friends and family? This is a must have in my opinion. So many ideas that will for sure break the boredom in your kitchen. Besides patterns, there are explanations of the differences between pie doughs, and even filling recipes. Step by step pictures are there but they are not in a way is real refreshment to see. I can feel all the love and passion that was put into this project. Well done! Been searching for a long time for a good pie book to look up to and I was not disappointed. It is up to us to combine all of that to our tastes and then reap the sweet pleasure from your oven!

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I received this book from the publishers via Netgalley for a review. Pies are awesome is a introduction to pie art, well written and informative. Pies ranging from easy to hard.

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Well this is an extensive book designed to give you everything you would like to know about making pies and making them beautiful. I would recommend this for more experienced bakers and not for beginners. I think this book would be overwhelming for the first time baker.

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Every page of this “cookbook” is beautiful, well written and brilliantly illustrated. The technical details are excellent and the instructions on all the techniques are very thorough. The section with the pictorial comparisons of different pie crust types is especially informative even if you aren’t going to be doing high art pie baking. The recipes and guides for each pie are complete with all the needed templates, and the pictures are gorgeous. While the pies look very complex, and many are, the directions, recommended tools and supplies are accessible. This book will make everyone, including pie beginners, inspired to make some beautiful confectionery creations.

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If you want to take your pie decorating game to the next level, you need this book. The first 75 pages are dedicated to techniques (like how to overcome major pie dough issues like shrinkage, color loss on tinted doughs and more) and the rest is page after beautiful page of the most gorgeous pie decorations I've ever seen. Really next level stuff here. Even if you aren't interested in crafting pie art like she does, the techniques are super helpful and the images are inspiring. Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book. My review is voluntary and all opinions are my own.

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This is a fabulous book if you like making pastry and want to take it to the next level. Jessica provides very detailed instructions borne out of her experience of becoming a pastry art expert in a very short period. It's written in a light hearted manner (you just know she's experienced all the trials and tribulations). This will be a book I'll consult often

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This is a super cool book for anyone looking for make some pie art. As someone who bakes a lot, I loved learning techniques on how to make really pretty bakes!

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This is an excellent pie cookbook for the novice and the experienced baker. I am experienced, and I never knew that pie could be done individually on sticks or built upwards! It starts with listing basic equipment needed, and continues with luxury equipment. The book is complete with descriptions and photos. There are templates and recipes to make the delicious pies featured. I can't make up my mind which I want to make first! I'm very excited! I'm 50, and I've been baking my whole life. I feel like I'm just starting again!

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This book is about turning your pies into artwork, and the examples are gorgeous! There is extensive info about techniques, including coloring, templates, and sculpting dough. There are "recipes" with step by step color photo instructions to create your art pie, but this is not a book with a bunch of different flavor options for pies. The example pies are mostly based on a holiday or another reason for celebrating. While some of the recipes say "beginner," this is not a book for a novice baker. If you already love pie and pie making and want to try something new for decorating, this book is full of great ideas to wow your family and friends. I'm giving this book 5 stars because it delivers wonderfully on its purpose of pie art, but it is not a general purpose book of how to make all the different flavors of pies.

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These pies are ridiculous and I love them so much! I will NEVER be able to make pies as good as these so I'm not even going to try.

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Wow. The pie art in this book is amazing! They are completely gorgeous and I wish that I was the kind of person who could actually make something like that. So while this isn't a book that I myself will be able to use, I thought it was beautiful and know that many others will be inspired by it. Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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