Seven years after baking my way around the world, my memoir about the journey is going to be published. The Kindle version is now available for pre-order; the paperback can be purchased on SEPTEMBER 21—International Day of Peace (also World Gratitude Day).
People are already saying glowing things about the book
“A book about pie? Yes, but Beth Howard’s delightful and delicious World Piece is much more than that. It is about being scared and senseless by the thought of doing something—and doing it anyway. It is about the terrible persistence of grief, the transformative power of travel, and the love of a good dog. It is about leaving home in order to find it. Beth Howard is the Marco Polo of the baking world. With her trusty rolling pin in hand, she circles the globe in search of peace—the absence of war, yes, but also the more elusive peace of mind. She writes with a keen eye and open heart, leavening her tale with dollops of humor. World Piece is part travelogue, part culinary adventure, part love story—and wholly delightful. You don’t need to be a baker, or even a pie lover, to enjoy this delicious 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
“As any pie lover will tell you the secret to a good pie is the balance between crust and filling. The same is true of good books: a delicious tale wrapped in a good narrative storyline. Herein, content and coating meld into a thrilling story with all that we humans love to think about. There is love, humor, drama, fear, and more humor. From Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghat open-air laundry, to the most nuanced pie-making instructions ever written, you will be carried along on this bumpy, swerving, exhilarating ride by a wonderful wit and an infectious enthusiasm for pie and life.”
—Bill Yosses, host of Baker’s Dozen on Hulu, former White House Pastry Chef, and author of Desserts for Dummies
“Part call-to-action, part memoir, all heart, Howard takes us with her on a whirlwind journey to some of the most challenging spots on the planet. With a raw authenticity similar to Anne Lamott, Howard’s zest for life sings on every page.”
—Libby Gill, author of You Unstuck and The Hope-Driven Leader
“Beth Howard’s delicious sense of humor, self-awareness, and sensitivity brings alive her personal journey, as it intersects with critical issues facing our planet today. Beth reminds us how world peace starts with small acts of kindness—like offering someone a slice of pie.”
—Kathy Eldon, founder of Creative Visions Foundation
Beth Howard always dreamed of circumnavigating the planet; not to tick off a list of tourist sites, but to immerse herself in the culture of each country by making pie with local residents. Pie had healed her grief after her husband’s death, so why not use it to heal the world and promote peace? Hauling her rolling pin from New Zealand to Australia, Thailand to India, Lebanon to Greece, Switzerland to Germany, and Hungary, Howard uses America’s iconic comfort food as a means for connecting with people in their homes, kitchens, and cafés. In each region, she offers pie lessons and, in turn, learns about the surprising origins of ingredients and traditional dishes—including pie in its myriad forms. During her demanding three-month journey, she meets charming characters, experiences uncanny coincidences, and finds kindness when she least expects it. She also encounters geopolitical unrest (past and present) that prompts the
question: Why is world peace so elusive? And what can we do to achieve it? She offers some answers in her feisty, often funny, always unflinching voice. Underlying her pie and peace mission is her personal story about overcoming fear, letting go of grief, searching for a new home, and making room for new love. A balanced blend of multi-cultural insight, world history, social commentary, immersive travel, and the comfort of pie, World Piece could be described as Waitress meets Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Come along for the wild ride as Howard takes the reader on a deeply intimate, delicious, and inspirational global adventure. FOR MORE DETAILS, AND TO READ THE FIRST CHAPTER, VISIT THE WORLD PIECE PAGE ON THIS SITE.