February 20, 2018, is National Cherry Pie Day. Cherry pie and other fruit pies date back to medieval England. Some contend that Queen Elizabeth I baked the first cherry pie. However, as with Washington and his cherry tree, this is merely a popular myth. These early pies would not have included sugar, and it wasn't until the 1800s that sweet fruit pies became popular, especially in the United States.
The library has a great selection of cookbooks, including quite a few devoted to pie. Check out one to inspire your own National Cherry Pie Day celebrations:
From Library Journal: No, that number's not a typo: here are 300 recipes for sweet pies, with fillings ranging from fruits to nuts, ice cream to custard. Haedrich, a cooking teacher and cookbook author shares an astonishing quantity of recipes, advice, pie history and musings on issues such as the butter vs. lard debate and his passion for sour cherries.
This book presents recipes for pies, galettes, pastries, tarts, and turnovers, as well as savory pies. And there is a whole chapter on making your own pie crust (it's on the bucket list).
Learn techniques and tips for creating pie dough without butter or lard and for whipping up luscious fillings without cream or eggs. Try out one of these 55 gluten-free and vegan pie recipes that rival in taste any “regular” pie out there.
From devil's food cake to cherry pie, BraveTart is a celebration of classic American desserts. Stella Parks, a senior editor at Serious Eats, also delves into the stories of how our favorite desserts came to be. This one made the New York Time's Best Baking Cookbooks list for 2017.
Prefer to read about your pie instead of spending all day in the kitchen or looking for a good book while your pie bakes? Check out one of these cozy mysteries:
Hanna Denton returns to her hometown to take over her grandmother's pie shop and solve a murder or two.
In Meg Muldoon's Christmas River Mystery Series, pie baker Cinnamon Peters has plenty on her plate between running her popular pie shop, planning her upcoming wedding, strange acts of vandalism around town, and her missing cousin. Available as an electronic audiobook from Hoopla. Please Note: In order to bring you new and interesting titles, Hoopla content is updated monthly, and this title may not be available in the future. To find the latest titles, please visit Hoopla.
And a bake-good-themed list wouldn't be complete without one of Joanna Fluke's culinary mysteries. Here Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar, is hot on the trail of a killer whose perfect carnival prize would be getting away with murder.