Happy Pi(e) Day!!! As the child of an actuary (who was a math major in college and who got a perfect score on his math SATs way back in the day), Pi(e) Day was mentioned in our household long before it became a sort of national food holiday. I’m a huge, huge fan of pie, more so than of cake. There, I said it. One of my favorite local NYC pie bakers is Allison Kave of First Prize Pies. Her cookbook release party was this week, and, so, in honor of that and of today’s special celebration, I’m giving away a signed copy of her book: First Prize Pies – Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple & Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (And More).
The photo above is from the cookbook launch party on Tuesday evening, where there were samples of this pie and of the S’mores Pie for which Allison is also well-known. The Bourbon Ginger Pecan Pie is the pie that really started it all, when it won the top prize at the 1st Annual Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off. This win, along with the encouragement of her boyfriend, helped inspire her to start her business. NYC-ers have been thanking her for doing this ever since, wiping the pie crust crumbs from their mouths as they utter their gratitude between umm-ing and ahh-ing over the deliciousness of her creations. The cookbook contains recipes for her pies as well as helpful tips on how to make and work with different types of crusts, which always seem to daunt folks who shy away from making dough by hand in their home kitchens.
I have one copy of First Prize Pies – Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple & Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (And More), signed by Allison herself at her cookbook launch party, to give away on this website. To try her pies, you can swing by Smorgasburg on the weekends (check website for times and locations). In addition, keep your social media streams on alert and ears open for when she and Keavy Blueher of Kumquat Cupcakery announce that they’ve signed the lease on their new dessert and cocktail venue Butter & Scotch. Those two are a sweets-lovers dream team.
The Giveaway Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)
Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only
To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your flavor of pie?
You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.
Deadline: Is Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. DST, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.
The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.