GIVEAWAY!! A Year Of Pies by Ashley English

UPDATE: Congratulations to Penelope! Her comment was drawn randomly to win. Thank you to all for participating!

While those that know me, know me as a cookie and cupcake gal (see?), a little known secret is that I’ve always preferred pie. So why, oh why, do I rarely bake pies? That may change now that I have A Year of Pies by Ashley English in my possession. You may remember Ashley’s earlier books in The Homemade Living Series (Canning and Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, and Home Dairy, all given away on this blog). Pies are treated just as lovingly and thoroughly in this beautiful, rich book. The time and precision to make pies often explains a baker’s hesitation, but Ashley brings us back with the ultimate joy.  “Crafting and baking pie is an exercise in patience with a reward in contentment…The finished product, you see, is so delicious, so lovely, so lauded by those who consume it that the mindful steps taken to reach that end point make it all incredibly worthwhile.” (p. 8)


A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies, published by Lark Books, features both sweet and savory pies, both classic and modern. Ashley crafted the book according to how she bakes throughout the year to best take advantage of seasonal ingredients and garden fresh fruits and veggies. Naturally, the Basics are covered with what Ashley deems as a “hand holding” chapter to rid of any pie fears you may hold. This includes a detailed description of the tools, from pie pans to pie birds, and the ingredients, from butter to spices.  As a nerd of academia, I can’t help but appreciate the brief history of pie and its origins as an inedible storage vessel for other food. And given the baker’s greatest worry, the crust, I’m glad to see such attention to this step. Aside from recipes for not just basic pie crusts, but for such yumminess as gingersnap crust, you’ll find tips and step-by-step photographs for making, rolling and topping with pie crust. The 60 seasonal recipes include such gems as Buttered Rum Shoofly Pie and Mushroom and Chevre Galette (Winter), Honey Pie and Chicken Pot Pie (Spring), Cherry and Vanilla Pot Pie and Roasted Corn and Pepper Pie (Summer), and Chai Spice Apple Pie and Rosemary Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie (Autumn). And an extra treat… You’ll find guest recipes each chapter from familiar bakers such as Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille and Jessie Oleson of CakeSpy.



Leave a comment to this post before Tuesday, August 14, midnight EST for a chance to win a copy of A Year of Piesby Ashley English.


One winner will be chosen randomly.

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Winner has 48 hours to respond after being notified before another winner is chosen.


  1. Josanne says

    August 14 is my wedding anniversary, this would be a great present for the hubs who loves to bake!

  2. Karly W says

    I have always thought pies were superior to the average cake! At my upcoming wedding, we’re having pies for all instead of a big wedding cake!

  3. Mary D says

    The cover alone makes me want this book. I’m glad to read that savory pies are included. A steaming pot pie is delicious in the winter.

  4. B. Shea says

    I like pie, and pi. But one is easier to make than the other. So this book would be an awesome win.

  5. Judianne says

    zThis sounds fabulous and I love that the book encompasses all the seasons and types of pies.

  6. Allie says

    I love pie! A friend of mine just went to a pie festival in Braham, Minnesota and loved it!

  7. Suzanne B says

    Holy cow my husband thinks he is a pie expert. He loves making pies. This would be super.

  8. Nadine says

    I love shoo fly pie but always end up buying premade crusts. Need this book for help.

  9. Jim Gray says

    I would love to make my wife a pie for her birthday— she loves them! Plus, I’m lousy at baking cakes…so, this could be a great treat for her!

  10. Tammy says

    Oohhh!! I LOVE Ashley English’s books! This book looks amazing! I love the fact that this book contains sweet and savory recipes! I mean, I want to eat the cover of the book, for goodness sakes!

  11. Carolsue says

    The Cherry and Vanilla Pot Pie (from the book) sounds amazing!
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  12. Barbara says

    I love pies and don’t bake them enough – this might be just what I need to break that old pattern. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. Tammy says

    I would love this book! I would love to be able to make good, consistent pies and I am quite sure this book could help me do just that!!!

  14. Evelyn says

    My family love pies i love to learn more about pies with this cook book but you never know:)cross your finger

  15. Jimmy says

    Awesome book! I would love to give it to my wife for her birthday at the end of the month–she’d love it–she’s a big Ashley English fan!!

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