January 23 is National Pie Day, according to the National Pie People (aka The American Pie Council.)
On a bookish note – and I have to thank Beth Howard for notice of this – the movie Labor Day based on the book of the same name, written by Joyce Maynard, is being released on January 31 and it is a book/movie that has a pie theme. I haven’t yet read this book so I now need to read this book. That’s how I roll. And if you don’t know who Beth Howard is, she’s a pie baker author. She has a website called The World Needs More Pie and she has a book due in April. I’ve pre-ordered it. You can read my review of her first book Making Piece by clicking on this sentence. I follow her on Facebook.
Have you read Labor Day?
If you’ve followed for some time, you know about my attempt to make every pie in this book during the year 2013. It worked out to 1.07+ pies per week. However, I only made 33 of the 60 pies offered in this cookbook. Still, I am pleased with my efforts. YAY! WOO HOO!!!
My favorite might have to be the Nectarine and Lavender Crostata. I really enjoyed making most of these and only a few gave me troubles or disappointed me in some way. The book is well-organized by season, offers gluten-free alternatives and has fabulous photos.
My goal to learn how to make pie crust can be celebrated. (I am still a proud supporter of using prepared rolled pie crust from your grocer… BUY it if you want to make pie but crust intimidates. But even if crust intimidates, I say go for it and try making your own, too.)
I am looking forward to continuing my way through this book. I wish for you to make or eat some pie this year.
Lots of love and lots of pie,