Southern Pies — The “Must Have” Cookbook

We all receive gifts from time to time.  A bottle of wine, a nice piece of pottery, or a cookbook.  On Sunday, my dear friend Nancie McDermott gave me a copy of her newly published “Southern Pies.”  I have all of Nancie’s cookbooks (as she has been so kind to give me copies of them), and through these books she’s taught me a ton about Asian cooking and Southern cakes.  I’ve enjoyed the books, as they’re very accessible and interesting, and all of the recipes have been winners.

But of all these gifts, this one — this book of pies — is different.  This is not only a gift commemorating a birthday, but it’s a gift for everyone.  It’s a gift from Nancie to the cooking world.  Hyperbole?  Judge for yourself, but if you take a serious look at this book, you’ll see what I mean.

Last night after dinner, I finally got a chance to sit down and take a look at Southern Pies, and my first impression is that this may be the first time I’ve had a cookbook that makes me want to make every single recipe in it.  I’m totally serious about this.  Of course, there are the expected chess, lemon and coconut pie variations, but there are a number of very interesting pies of which I’ve never heard: green tomato pie, sliced sweet potato pie, vinegar pie, bean pie, and a plum custard pie.  There are fruit pies that have added substantial amounts of cream to them.  Rhubarb and scuppernong grapes are featured.

I’ve always been a huge pie lover, but I’ve gotten away from baking them in the past year.  That’s all about to change.  I’ll be sure to chronicle my pie baking escapades here, and I suspect my kids are about to learn how to make pie crust.

Thanks again for this wonderful gift, Nancie.  It will be treasured for a long, long time.


3 Responses to Southern Pies — The “Must Have” Cookbook

  1. burgeoningfoodie says:

    That cover looks yummy enough to eat. That is definitely a great connection to have and now I have another cook/chef/author to look into.. You, sir, are an enabler of cookbook readers 😉

  2. burgeoningfoodie says:

    ALso I just saw a link in a chowhound post about a green tomato pie/cake, but it was used in a breakfast sense.

  3. Kalina says:

    Two years ago at Thanksgiving, sensing that a dorcvie was on the very near horizon, I drank most of the Yellow Tail I could get my hands on an repaid my wife’s family for years of verbal abuse and non-sensery. I labled my brother-in-law and family as a bunch of hippies, the sister-in-law with a God complex, and believe at some point told my father in law, just because he doesn’t believe in Hell, doesn’t mean they aren’t making a spot for him. Best. Thanksgiving. Ever.

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