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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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Details: Winner has 48 hours to respond after being notified before another winner is drawn. Book ships directly from publisher to US address only.

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70 Comments so far

  1. Bonnie on May 10, 2013 8:11 am

    Wow! What a fun book! And I love anything by Jo Packham!

  2. MelodyJ on May 10, 2013 8:27 am

    I love to bake!

  3. Lauren on May 10, 2013 9:02 am

    Sounds like a great book!

  4. Jeannine DiBart on May 10, 2013 9:40 am

    This book looks amazing!! I would love to win:)

  5. nancy d on May 10, 2013 10:00 am

    There is nothing better then a homemade pie! Except maybe the ladies that take the time to still make them :) would love to have this book in my collection!

  6. Kathy B on May 10, 2013 10:40 am

    Pie, I love pie!

  7. linda on May 10, 2013 11:14 am

    I would love to make some pies to make for my mom and friends

  8. Patricia on May 10, 2013 11:20 am

    This would be great to give to my daughter. She makes the pies and I eat them!

  9. Pam McGhee on May 10, 2013 11:27 am

    This books sounds like fun for the reader and baker in me.

  10. Kate on May 10, 2013 12:15 pm

    Amazing book. My mouth is watering!

  11. Liz Jordan on May 10, 2013 1:28 pm

    I can almost smell the pie on the cover. There is nothing like a freshly baked pie! Off to the kitchen.

  12. Glory/ Glorious Treats on May 10, 2013 2:46 pm

    Don’t tell anyone, but pie is actually my favortie dessert! This book sounds really lovely!

  13. Kylie C on May 10, 2013 2:50 pm

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  14. Rena on May 10, 2013 3:03 pm

    Love pies! Want to try some homemade crust recipes for pies this summer!

  15. Susan on May 10, 2013 3:40 pm

    Mmmm…storied pies, how delightful.

  16. Kristin on May 10, 2013 5:20 pm

    Looks like a fun book!

  17. Yuchen on May 10, 2013 8:26 pm

    Yuuuumm :)

  18. Kyla on May 10, 2013 10:05 pm

    I love cookbooks with great recipes and stories.

  19. sue on May 11, 2013 3:58 am

    I love to cook and bake and am always looking for new things to cook. Thanks

  20. jane d on May 11, 2013 4:35 am

    I loooove pies!

  21. nicole on May 11, 2013 5:18 am

    i love jo’s newsletter so I know this book will be just as endearing- thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Elizabeth on May 11, 2013 5:26 am

    Great cookbook!

  23. jonquil on May 11, 2013 5:29 am

    My favorite pie is cherry. Esp. my late grandmothers’. Just wish they make the shortening she used when I was a little girl, though.

  24. Rose on May 11, 2013 5:32 am

    I really enjoy cookbooks with recipe history included & would love to win this one. Thanks!

  25. Brenda Gibson on May 11, 2013 5:51 am

    Just reading the names of the pies made me hungry. Sounds like an good pie book.

  26. Anne Haun on May 11, 2013 6:04 am

    What a great book – pie is my favorite dessert!

  27. Laura G on May 11, 2013 6:20 am

    That book looks fantastic! Thank you for the chance to win!

  28. Sofia Dakos on May 11, 2013 6:25 am

    Pie making is definitely an art! Love Jo Packham!

  29. Tracey on May 11, 2013 6:29 am

    Yum pie!

  30. Natelie on May 11, 2013 6:40 am

    I would love to get this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  31. Sarah on May 11, 2013 6:47 am

    My husband would love this book!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  32. Val Jensen on May 11, 2013 7:02 am

    My waist line say NO, but my mouth says YES! I love pies and love to make them!!!

    Tahnk you for offering this giveaway!

  33. Dennis Mullins Sr. on May 11, 2013 7:05 am

    I love pie, sweet,savory,or meat and cheese. I would love to win,thanks for the giveaway.

  34. Barbara on May 11, 2013 7:20 am

    Wow! Love to win it!

  35. Karen B on May 11, 2013 8:02 am

    where women cook is a great magazine and this book would be the perfect addition. Besides the fact that I LOVE pie!!!

  36. Zan Caperton on May 11, 2013 8:21 am

    Who doesn’t like pie? I want to learn to bake more pies!

  37. Kerstin Gable on May 11, 2013 8:22 am

    I love pies… This looks like an amazing book!!!!!

  38. Elizabeth on May 11, 2013 8:38 am

    What a beautiful book!

  39. Kathy on May 11, 2013 8:56 am

    Oh, they all look so yummy! Thanks for the giveaway! kathy

  40. Theresa on May 11, 2013 9:50 am

    YUM!! That pie on the cover looks delicious!

  41. Marlene on May 11, 2013 11:16 am

    I love to make pies. This book sounds wonderful. Thank you for this giveaway.

  42. Christina on May 11, 2013 12:25 pm

    Yum! The book looks great:)

  43. Kris Riddle on May 11, 2013 2:14 pm

    Wow this looks like a great book. I love to make pies!!! Yummy.

  44. Megan Milliken on May 11, 2013 2:33 pm


  45. Candice Cannon on May 11, 2013 3:46 pm

    I would love to win this book! Thank you for the opportunity.

  46. andie d on May 11, 2013 5:06 pm

    pie is one of my favorite desserts.

  47. Karen Murphy on May 11, 2013 5:58 pm

    I love pie :)

  48. Smfsprout on May 11, 2013 8:02 pm

    Mmmmmm, pie. This sounds like a yummy book and I’d love to win a copy.

  49. Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) on May 11, 2013 9:16 pm

    I love pie. I sing the song from the movie Michael just about every time I eat it. I know – weird.

  50. Tina S. on May 11, 2013 9:31 pm

    Our family loves pie! Fruit pies are my husband’s favorite dessert and I’m partial to cream pies. This book sounds wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  51. Shannon S on May 11, 2013 10:07 pm

    It looks like a wonderful book & I adore baking homemade pies!

  52. Mary Mac on May 11, 2013 11:13 pm

    Would love to add this to my cookbook collection,

  53. Suzanne K on May 12, 2013 3:10 am

    This cookbook looks very interesting, and who doesn’t love pie?! :)

  54. Marie W on May 12, 2013 9:47 am

    I love to make pies of all sorts.

  55. Linda on May 12, 2013 10:28 am

    I Love Pie; it’s one of my favorite desserts and I’m always looking for new ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. OHSue on May 12, 2013 4:16 pm

    I love Pie, I would marry Pie if I could! But since I can’t, some lovely pie talk would be wonderful.

  57. Nikki on May 12, 2013 8:36 pm

    thanks for the great giveaway!

  58. Barb on May 13, 2013 11:20 am

    I love Pie!

  59. Margot S. on May 13, 2013 3:01 pm

    This looks like a great cookbook!

  60. Shannon on May 14, 2013 5:00 am


  61. Marty on May 14, 2013 7:21 am

    This book sounds so interesting! Who doesn’t love pie?!?

  62. Arleen Schindler on May 14, 2013 7:42 am

    This pie cookbook is terrific. Love making them for our senior center as well as for my grand kids when they come over.

  63. Katie on May 14, 2013 10:17 am

    Looks like a great book. I would love to make some pies.

  64. Stephanie S on May 14, 2013 10:44 am

    Everyone always talks about cake vs. pie. Well, I’m pie all the way! And this book looks extremely interesting.

  65. Mitzie on May 14, 2013 11:05 am

    My daughter is s terrific pie maker, I’m not bad, and we both miss the Pie Man on TV. It would be great to win this book so I can become as good a pie maker as my 20 year old. Thanks!

  66. Mary Rok on May 14, 2013 5:11 pm

    I would love to have this book. I might be a better pie maker

  67. teresa mccluskey on May 15, 2013 5:27 pm

    I would love to win this! teresamccluskey@rocketmail.com

  68. Karen on May 17, 2013 11:04 am

    Pie! 42 recipes for pie! How can you go wrong?

  69. Sherri S. on May 17, 2013 12:00 pm

    This is right up my alley–my grandmas was known for her pies and I won a red ribbon at the state fair with her recipe a few years ago! Thanks for the chance to win!

  70. David on June 13, 2013 5:03 pm

    I Love Baking Pies but out of all of the Recipe Books that I have, there are only a few Recipes for Pies.

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