This is one I adore, folks, and I’m cherishing its addition to my cookbook collection. Pieography: Where Pie Meets Biography-42 Fabulous Recipes Inspired by 39 Extraordinary Women, by Jo Packham published by Quarry Books. I’m very intrigued by how our lives are intertwined with the foods we create and by the deeper significance of foods beyond mere nourishment. From the author’s statement in the Foreward, “Pieography is a new design for storytelling,” I knew I’d love this cookbook. Throughout Pieography, pie, both savory and sweet, serves as a metaphor for our lives. “How do the ingredients that make the tale of your life combine to create a pie that is, in essence, the flavors and taste of your personal story?” asks Packham. So from page one, we are brought back to ourselves through the stories and recipes of others.
We start with several recipes by the author herself, where the pie as life metaphor is explained more fully. For example, Packham only uses aged cheese for flavor in the individual spinach quiche, just as wisdom comes from age. Or for dessert, she makes a coconut macadamia nut pie with passion fruit cream, salted caramel drizzle and dark chocolate popcorn sprinkles, because “everything about my pie, like my life, has to be exotic, rich, complicated, expensive, unexpected, bitter, sweet, and created to be served in something memorable.” Similarly, each chef is given a page of explanation before their recipe. Dyan Carlson, of her Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Pie, writes “Just like me: The perfect pie crust is shaped by patience and perseverance. It’s strong by tender. Flakiness is expected and encouraged, even if it means adding a bit more fat.” Sarah Beth Smith‘s Bacon Mushroom Pie has a crust that’s “been blitzed, kneaded, laid to rest, and brought to life again by experienced hands.” And Jessie Oleson likens life to pie in that both should be “lighthearted yet not lightweight, wel-executed but not overly fussy, filled with a sense of whimsy but not too precious to be joyously and messily devoured.” She makes Cookie Dough Frisbee Pie.
For a peek inside, click HERE to go to Craftside and make puff pastry cups. (Did I ever mention puff pastry is one of my favoritest things in the world?)
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