Beth M. Howard baked pies for celebrities at California's Malibu Kitchen before moving back home to rural Iowa. She currently lives in the American Gothic House, the backdrop of Grant Wood's famous painting American Gothic, and she runs the hugely popular Pitchfork Pie Stand. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed memoir Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie. A veteran journalist, she has written for Real Simple, Natural Health, Shape, and Elle.
Beth M. Howard knows about pie. She made pies at California’s Malibu Kitchen for celebrities including Barbra Streisand (lemon meringue), Dick Van Dyke (strawberry rhubarb), and Steven Spielberg (coconut cream) before moving back home to rural Iowa. She now lives in the famous American Gothic House (the backdrop for Grant Wood’s famous painting) and runs the hugely popular Pitchfork Pie Stand.
With full-color photos throughout, Ms. American Pie features 80 of Beth’s coveted pie recipes and some of her own true tales to accompany them. With chapters like Pies to Heal, Pies to Seduce, and Pies to Win the Iowa State Fair, Beth will divulge her secret for making a killer crust without refrigerating the dough and will show you how to break every rule you’ve ever learned about making delicious, homemade pie.
"Howard's new cookbook, Ms. American Pie, offers an old-fashioned view of pie-baking: It is much easier than non-bakers think." - Courier-Post, Camden, NJ