Registration for KCRW’s 8th Annual Good Food Pie Contest is now open and I’m doing some reflection. How did I know eight years ago that my simple yet dogged desire to learn how to make better pies would turn into a community of crazed pie obsessives?
Eight years ago I vowed to make a pie a day all summer long (#pieaday). The project went public and resulted in 65 pies and a lot of self criticism. It spawned an awesome pie contest. As we embark on the 8th iteration I encourage you to register now and use the time before the October 2 contest date to practice. All that really means is to set a goal. Make a pie a week or two a month. Identify mentors whether they are actual humans who are talented pie making friends, local teachers who teach pie classes, video classes or compile a small library of pie making cookbooks or all of the above. Decide what you like and move toward that ideal. Even if you make bad pie at the beginning you’ll quickly become your crowd’s favorite person. As I’ve always said, every pie has someone who loves it.
Here are a few of my favorite cookbooks.