“Pie is accessible, affordable, all-encompassing. Pie is meant for sharing. Pie connects people. Pie knows no cultural or political boundaries. Pie makes people happy. And happy people make the world a better place. That’s why the world needs more pie.” — BETH HOWARD
We’re making a documentary film about pie!
How did Iowa become synonymous with pie? Why are Iowans and outsiders alike so obsessed with it? What lengths will people go to for a slice? More importantly, how can pie unite us? These are the questions we will explore as we search for pie stories around the state known for corn, hogs, Grant Wood, and Field of Dreams. Filming summer and fall 2023. Go to the Pieowa page.
World Piece, my newest book, is out!
“You don’t need to be a baker, or even a pie lover, to enjoy this delicious, wholly delightful book. Read it slowly, though, savoring the humanity found on each page.” —Eric Weiner, NYT bestselling author of The Socrates Express and The Geography of Bliss
In 2015, I traveled around the world making pie to promote goodwill and cultural understanding. Pie, an American symbol of comfort and kindness, provided me with an entree into people’s kitchens, cafes and homes.
From New Zealand to Australia, Thailand, India, Lebanon, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, and Hungary, I immersed myself in each place, exchanging recipes and stories. We are all connected no matter what color or language we speak, and we can use those connections to bring peace to the world.
Contact me to schedule an event. And watch my video below about the journey.
Get the 2nd edition of Ms. American Pie
It took a while, but my pie cookbook is finally back in print and now available. The second edition is in paperback. It’s a little smaller and a little lighter, but it’s still jam-packed with the same recipes, tips, and stories as the first edition. PLUS, it includes two new recipes!
Free Pie Instruction Videos
What better thing to do during the pandemic than bake pie? I used the time to make an instructional pie-making series called “Stay Calm & Bake Pie.” Out of the seven episodes, my favorite is the last one, a celebration of all the pies people made after watching my videos. Episode 1: Apple Pie, Episode 2: Mixed Berry Crumble, Episode 3: Banana Cream, Episode 4: Key Lime, Episode 5: Chicken Pot Pie, Episode 6: Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb, Episode 7: Victory Shots of YOUR Pies
Give a Piece a Chance
While we Americans like to think we invented pie, it did not originate with the pilgrims, though we agree, it was an inspired notion to bake the pie as a peace offering and create a holiday centered around it! We love Thanksgiving. Pie, however, has been around since medieval times with its history first documented in Egypt, and the first pie recipe recorded in Greece.
Pie originated as a sort of Tupperware of its time, the dough an inedible wrapper to preserve and transport meat. Mayflower passengers, practical travelers who recognized the hardiness (and heartiness) of the dish, brought pie to America, where recipes evolved and multiplied as quickly as the population of the new nation.
Today’s pie crust is flaky, buttery, and melts in your mouth, with myriad fillings — fruit, nuts, veggies, eggs, just about anything that can fit in a pie plate. Pie is accessible, affordable, all-encompassing. Pie is meant for sharing. Pie connects people. Pie knows no cultural or political boundaries. Pie makes people happy. And happy people make the world a better place. That’s why the world needs more pie.