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Pies and Tarts with Heart by Dynise Balcavage
Celebrate National Pie Day with a Cookbook
January 23, 2014 book review

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook from Dalyn Miller PR with no requirement to review or to promote links. I chose to review this cookbook because I truly enjoyed it, and my honest opinions of it can be found in my review below. The Amazon links included in my review are affiliate links and I earn a small portion of any sale made through the links.

If you love pie, then today might be your favorite day – it’s National Pie Day.

Brought to you by the American Pie Council, this unofficial holiday was created for people who love pie. January 23rd is also National Handwriting Day, and the two work well together. How does one celebrate such wondrous occasions? With pie and letter writing, of course!

I’ve been working my way through what has become my single favorite resource on pie, Pies and Tarts with Heart by Dynise Balcavage. This cookbook contains fully explained techniques, several crust recipes (including gluten-free!), and the best part – over 60 recipes for both sweet and savory pies and tarts.

You could have a whole pie MEAL!

Pies and Tarts with Heart by Dynise Balcavage

Dynise Balcavage is a name you may recognize – she blogs at urbanvegan.net and tweets as @theurbanvegan. Her recipes have been seen in publications such as VegNews and Vegetarian Times, and she’s also been interviewed for The New York Times. A resident of Philadelphia, she has traveled to destinations such as New York and Paris to perform cooking demonstrations. In Pies and Tarts with Heart, Balcavage shares her vast knowledge of the perfect pie – and they’re vegan.

From your expected sweet treats like Retro Strawberry Pie and “Yo, Rocky!” Road Pie to Tomato Tart and North African Inspired Kale Pie, Balcavage offers an amazing collection of recipes. One of my favorite collections are the Raw Pie recipes that can be prepared with a blender and/or food processor – no cooking appliance required. Raw pies have awesome nutrition and can be prepared just about anywhere. I also enjoy the section on decorating the pie crust. For every holiday, my mom brings a pie that my sister has decorated. For Thanksgiving this past year, she had created a cornucopia, which I smuggled out on top of my own pie – we’re sisters, after all.

I’m quite fond of this cookbook, but I think the hardest part is deciding what type of pie to make. That and to look at all the non-gluten-free options and rue the day my husband realized he has a gluten issue. Yes, his health is much better but I’ve not quite found the hang of gluten-free baking yet and I do love to bake. Of course, it’s been good for my waist line to curb my baking, it’s just the ego that takes a hit when I can’t make the gluten-free recipes turn out right. Perhaps if I actually followed a recipe as written without my own tweaks?

At any rate, I thoroughly encourage you to check out Pies and Tarts with Hart by Dynise Balcavage and celebrate pie day today with PIE. And, while you’re at it, break out some paper and pen and use dust off your handwriting skills by writing a letter. If you’d like some inspiration, surely there’s a thank you letter that you could be writing. Check out my post on how to write the perfect thank you note for guidance!

Will you be celebrating pie day today? Do you love pie?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook from Dalyn Miller PR with no requirement to review or to promote links. I chose to review this cookbook because I truly enjoyed it, and my honest opinions of it can be found in my review below. The Amazon links included in my review are affiliate links and I earn a small portion of any sale made through the links.

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Comments
  • Shucks, I’m now heartbroken (tummybroken?) to have missed PIE DAY!!

  • Kait

    Oh boo I’m sad I missed a holiday that gives the okay for rating dessert! 🙂

  • Jennifer H

    Yum, those pies sound delicious!

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