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“Remember that pies please men,” admonishes the 1965 Farm Journal’s Complete Pie Cookbook. I love this book in spite of its gender issues. I love its deadly serious approach to pie. (“Don’t despair if you tear the pastry. But do avoid a repeat of the mishap.”) I love its 700 tested pie recipes, each one of them a mini time machine.
There are “nervous pies” (quivering custard). There’s Ohio Cheese Pie (“Prediction: This is the best cheese pie you have ever made or tasted.”), Merry Christmas Pie (“A favorite holiday pie of many women”) and Apple-Cranberry Pie. (“Men praise this two-fruit pie.”)