There are some combinations so perfect that when your attention is drawn to them, you wonder how you’ve missed them for years. That was my feeling upon discovering Pie & Whiskey, which is simultaneously: a fantastic compilation of short work from Washington authors, edited by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon; a raucous, celebratory literary event Spokane-based Lebo and Ligon have been hosting for five years; and a delightful culinary combination. Lebo and Ligon sometimes take their pie-and-whiskey literary show on the road, and if it comes near you definitely check it out; the last chapter in their book also has instructions for hosting your own shindig. If you’re more interested in the small scale application, making pie and drinking whiskey at home with friends and family, here are some books to get you started.
Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter by Kate Lebo – With instructions on creating the perfect flaky crust; recipes for 50 delightful, mostly fruit pies; and a friendly, chatty tone, this is a great place to start your pie baking escapades. Plus you’ll get a little pie cultural history. Organized by main ingredient.
Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott – McDermott also leads with ways to create the perfect flaky crust, and then follows with recipes for fruit pies, nut pies, and savory supper pies. Organized by main ingredient/type of pie. McDermott is another Washington author, calling Port Angeles home.
The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes From the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen – As the subtitle says, this is a book that focuses on uncommon recipes and flavor combinations; you won’t find a recipe for an apple pie, but there is one for an apple rose pie. Recipes are organized by season.
Whiskey Distilled by Heather Greene – Director of the Whiskey School at the Flatiron Room in Manhattan, Green provides readers with an introduction to appreciating and tasting all kinds of whiskies, as well as how to read a label, ordering etiquette, how to build your home bar, recipes for cocktail classics, and food pairings.
American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye by Clay Risen – Risen begins this handy primer by covering the definitions of different types of whiskies, plus their histories and traditions. He then assesses more than 200 spirits, including tasting notes, price ranges, and ratings. Learn how to buy whiskey and how to read a label.
The World Atlas of Whisky by Dave Broom – Grouping whiskies by style and region, Broom describes the tasting notes and histories of 150 whiskies produced around the world. A coffee table book to revel in.
~ posted by Andrea G.