COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!! Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography


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?)



Want to win a copy of Pieography: Where Pie Meets Biography-42 Fabulous Recipes Inspired by 39 Extraordinary Women?

How to Enter: Leave a comment to this post before Friday, May 17, midnight EST, and one winner will be randomly drawn.

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


  1. Linda says

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

  2. OHSue says

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

  3. Arleen Schindler says

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

  4. Stephanie S says

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

  5. Mitzie says

    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!

  6. says

    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!

  7. David says

    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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