by Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph
Pi Day approaches, and what better way to celebrate than with pie? But what is Pi Day and what does it have to do with pie, you ask?
This celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi) is observed yearly on March 14 (3.14 are the first three digits of this constant). “Pi” and “pie” are homophones, and pies are often circular… hence pie on Pi Day!
Not following? That’s okay… let’s bake pie anyway!
Books about mouthwatering pies & baked treats
Cheryl Day's Treasury of Southern Baking by Cheryl Day
Why you should try it: If you're passionate about preserving Black baking and food history, this is the book for you.
Description: Combining her deep experience, the conversations she’s had with family and her passion for collecting local cookbooks and handwritten recipes, one of the South’s most respected bakers presents more than 200 tried-and-true recipes that celebrate the craft of from-scratch Southern baking.
Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple: A New Way to Bake Gluten-Free by Aran Goyoaga
Why you should try it: Just because you eat gluten-free, doesn't mean you can't have delicious treats.
Description: Especially well-known and appreciated for her tender and delicious baking, the recipes in this book include Goyoaga's cakes, pies, tarts, biscuits, cookies, and breads.
The Cardamom Trail: Delicious Bakes Inspired by India by Chetna Makan
Why you should try it: If you love The Great British Baking Show, you'll want to try the recipes from season 5 semi-finalist Chetna.
Description: Discover rare but precious traditional bakes from India, as well as new spice-infused recipes. Delve into the history of Indian herbs and spices and learn how to match foods and flavors.
Pieometry: Modern Tart Art & Pie Design for the Eye & Palate by Lauren Ko
Why you should try it: If you love pie and artistry, this is the perfect marriage of the two.
Description: The award-winning founder of Instagram’s popular @lokokitchen account shares step-by-step instructions for making her signature geometrically intricate pies, from honey ricotta tart with herbed pastry shell to butternut bacon macaroni and cheese pie.
Life Is What You Bake It: Recipes, Stories & Inspiration to Bake Your Way to the Top by Vallery Lomas
Why you should try it: This book has all the treats with a side of inspiration and creativity.
Description: A former lawyer who won The Great American Baking Show—during the season that was unaired due to a judge’s misconduct allegations—debuts her first cookbook featuring apple cider fritters, lemon-honey madeleines, crawfish hand pies, and Grandma’s million dollar cake illustrations.
The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie: Deluxe Recipes by Paula Haney
Why you should try it: Live local, eat local! A Chicago pie shop shares their secrets to delicious pie.
Description: A guide to making pie from the founder of Chicago's nationally celebrated Hoosier Mama Pie Company includes recipes, tips, pie history, and illustrations.
Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain
Why you should try it: The Great British Baking Show strikes again in this delectable book from season 6 winner, Nadiya!
Description: The host of the Netflix series Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes—and the winner of The Great British Baking Show—shares more than 100 simple and achievable recipes that are suited for beginner bakers and experienced pasty makers alike.
Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings & Life by Kate McDermott
Why you should try it: Whether sweet or savory, this book has the perfect pie for you.
Description: An award-winning, self-taught home baker who hosts instructional "pie camps" around the country provides detailed recipes and instructions for making, rolling, and baking perfect pie crusts and fillings every time, including blackberry, peach, and rhubarb.
Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.