Ms. American Pie Cookbook is available again – in Paperback and on Kindle

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! ORDER NOW in time for the Holidays.

FREE PIE LESSONS! Watch my “Stay Calm & Bake Pie” series on YouTube

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

Watch my humble film about my World Piece journey.

My film is like homemade pie — it’s not perfect but it’s made with love. And here’s some exciting news: my “World Piece” memoir is in the works! Check back for updates.

Have you read “Making Piece” yet?

The second edition of my memoir, Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie, is in paperback with a new epilogue, a lower price of $14.00, and the “messy pie” cover Howard always envisioned. Order it now from Amazon, Indiebound, your local bookstore, or ask for it at your local library.

“One of the best non-cookbook food books of 2012” –– Serious Eats

“One of the best books of 2012” — San Francisco Book Review

“One unique, crazy-quilt, truly American tale of reinvention.” — Publishers Weekly

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 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 — berries, 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.

Healing the World with Pie

In 2001, at the height of the dot com boom, Beth Howard quit a lucrative web producing job to bake pies at a gourmet deli in Malibu, California. While she enjoyed her newfound status as “pie baker to the stars” she couldn’t pay her rent on her baker’s salary. Still, she recognized how happy pie made people — watching Robert Downey Jr. devour her apple pie was proof enough! — and Howard knew there was no turning back. She began blogging about how pie can make the world a better place, which led to writing books about it. Her first book, “Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie” is the story of how pie helped her heal from the death of her 43-year-old husband. Her cookbook, “Ms. American Pie,” is filled with pie recipes and stories about how she believes pie can comfort, build community, and even seduce. She’s given a TEDx talk on pie. Howard was the last resident to live in the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, where from 2010 to 2014, she ran the Pitchfork Pie Stand. In 2015, she circled the globe on her World Piece mission, making pie to promote cultural tolerance. Howard’s story has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR, CNN, and many other media outlets. She divides her time between a farm in Southeast Iowa (aka: Camp Dough) and Tucson, Arizona (aka: Camp Dough South). She continues to blog and write books while plotting her next pie adventure.


Featured in the Media

My TEDx Talk: The Healing Power of Pie

Looking for the Pitchfork Pie Stand at the American Gothic House?

Sorry we’re closed! Beth moved out of the American Gothic House and it is no longer rented as a private residence. The good news it that it’s now open to the public for tours. Go to this page to learn more. Didn’t make it to the pie stand? Make your own pie using the easy recipes from Beth’s cookbook, “MS. AMERICAN PIE.”


WORLD PIECE: Making pie around the world to promote cultural understanding


After many years of dreaming, this journey became a reality the summer of 2015. Read more about my round-the-world trip here. Better yet, watch the film!

Auckland, New Zealand Sydney, Australia Bangkok, Thailand Mumbai, India Beirut, Lebanon Athens, Greece Germany, Switzerland, Hungary

Get a World Piece apron, t-shirt or mug.

Read about how Beth and others are changing the world through food. And listen to her interview on Iowa Public Radio upon returning from her trip. Or watch the TV interview and pie-making demo on Fairfield’s Great Taste.

Pie for Newtown: Ease the Grief

From Dec. 18 to 21, 2012, our team of volunteer pie makers & pie servers from New Jersey, New York, Georgia, Illinois and Iowa, handed out 240 pies in Newtown, Connecticut, giving slices and whole pies to funeral receptions, grieving families and town residents after the tragic shooting. We taught pie making to students at the high school and to kids of Sandy Hook elementary school, all supported by your generous donations for RV gas and pie ingredients. To help with the ongoing grieving process, Beth returned to Newtown March 4 to 9, 2013, to teach more pie classes to the community and give a talk at the C.H. Booth Library. Articles about our experiences can be found on the NEWS page on this site. Follow our continuing compassion-filled journey on Facebook. For ongoing support to Newtown grief counseling, please donate directly to the Newtown Parent Connection.

Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe

This is just one of the many mouth-watering recipes in my cookbook, “Ms. American Pie.” But not only is it GOOD, it’s as EASY to make as you know what.

FILLING 2 large lemons (Meyer lemons if you can find them, but works with any kind) 2 cups sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 eggs (beaten) 3 tablespoons flour

Dough for one double-crust pie  (crust recipe below)

Wash and dry whole lemons. Using a mandoline (serrated knife works too), slice lemons paper thin into a large bowl. (Remove seeds.) Stir in sugar, cover, and set aside at room temperature overnight.

Mix lemon-sugar mixture with beaten eggs, salt and flour. Pour in pie shell. Cover with top crust, brush with beaten egg, poke with vent holes.

Bake at 425°F. for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375°F. and bake for 25 to 30 minutes more.

BASIC PIE CRUST 2-1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup Crisco Dash of salt Ice water (fill one cup but use only enough to moisten dough)

In a deep bowl, work the butter and shortening into the flour with your hands until you see marble-sized lumps form. Add ice water a little at a time, sort of “fluffing” the flour. When the dough feels moistened enough do a “squeeze test” and when it holds together you’re done. Do not overwork the dough! It takes very little time and you’ll be tempted to keep touching it, but don’t! Now divide the dough in two, form each half into a disk shape and roll flat and thin to fit your pie dish. Sprinkle flour under and on top of your dough to keep it from sticking to your rolling surface. Trim excess dough to about 1 inch from the dish edge with a scissors, leaving enough dough to make a crimped, fluted edge.

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