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December 03, 2013

Perfect Pies and More

Celia Sin-Tien Cheng

During the holidays, pies and other goodies are necessary indulgences. As we look for new recipes to fill our tummies and warm our hearts, pastry chef Michele Stuart’s latest cookbook, “Perfect Pies and More,” couldn’t have been released at a better time. Stuart is a 27-time National Pie Baking Champion, but you can judge for yourself by trying out the nearly 100 recipes she includes in this new book, including dreamy Nutella banana, orange creamsicle and mint chocolate cookie pies. The book includes more than just pie recipes. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Stuart also includes recipes for cookies, bars, tea cakes and other desserts. For the holidays, we’re recommending Stuart’s recipe for pumpkin bread — it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser as breakfast, a snack or dessert.