In the never-ending cycle of boom-and-bust trendiness that moves cupcakes and doughnuts from hot to not to hot again, there is one constant: pie. We scoured the country to find the very best and found spectacular new pie recipes, ranging from a purist's double-crusted apple pie to a creative Mission-fig-and-mascarpone version served in a jar. Also read on for two writers' takes on the perils and pleasures of pie, and the winners of F&W's first-ever Twitter "pieku" contest.
Alexandra Guarnaschelli: Driven to Cook Driven to Cook: Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli shares lessons learned from her famously perfectionist mother, Maria.
Fall's Best Pie Recipes
Dorie Greenspan's Sweet and Savory Cookies Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan explores sweet-savory flavors with salty, spicy or cheesy cookies to eat with wine.
Cutting-Edge Butcher Shops These artisans are doing more than selling every conceivable cut of humanely raised meat: They're offering demos and DIY classes and even turning their shops into restaurants at night.
The Hard Cider Buzz American ciderthe alcoholic kindis having its trend moment with exciting new producers and varieties, from funky barrel-aged styles to dessert ciders akin to ice wines. Here, some of the best, plus three amazing cider bars.
Chef's Takes on Thanksgiving When chefs cook for the holiday, turkey isn't the only thing on the menu. Here, their delicious Thanksgiving alternatives.
The Godfather's Wine Advice Writer Jason Adams gave his mom a bottle of Francis Ford Coppola's most famous wine in 1995, but she died without ever opening it. Sixteen years later, he visits Coppola in Napa looking for closure, and the director tells him just what to do.
Hugh Acheson's Neo-Retro Southern Cooking Athens, Georgia, is home to star chef Hugh Acheson and rock stars R.E.M. Here they get together for a night of bean shucking and modern Southern cooking.
The Benefits of Food Bartering An amateur baker exchanges her homemade sourdough for all kinds of artisanal ingredients, then uses up her extras at a potluck brunch featuring her terrific, crisp-tender Belgian waffles.
Hometown Heroes: Living the Dream Deciding big cities weren't their thing, these food entrepreneurs are pursuing their dreams in the quieter places where they grew up.
The Always-Hungry Guide to Around-the-Clock Eating Breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night snack attacks: Great neighborhood restaurants are making it easy to eat well at any hour. F&W's Kate Krader explores the trend and collects versatile recipes.
Recipes from the Best Bake Sale Cookbook The new Best Bake Sale Cookbook by Gretchen Holt-Witt is full of stellar ideas for cookies and other snacks. Its most brilliant idea: Using bake sales as a weapon in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Where to Stay in Wine Country Sleep surrounded by rows of grapes at three wineries with beautiful new guesthouses.
Pinch's Ingenious Cocktail Party Food Ideas The duo behind Pinch Food Design get people talking by treating the parties they cater like stage sets, with their inventive party food ideas as the star.
Undiscovered Hungarian Wine Tough to find, hard to pronounce and delicious to drink, Hungary's wines express national pride. Michael Idov meets the country's top producers.
Next-Gen Wines These bottles have serious pedigrees: They're all made by children of great California winemakers.
America's Best New Airport Restaurants As in-flight meals go the way of the go-go-booted stewardess, dining operators are enlisting big-name chefs to help them open ambitious new airport restaurants. Writer Nick Fauchald eats status burgers and pristine sushi on a three-city, TSA-sanctioned food tour.