Pie champion Denise Marchessault teams up with artist and photographer Deb Garlick for a visually stunning cookbook celebrating sweet and savoury pies. With whimsical illustrations and practical how-t
Pie champion Denise Marchessault teams up with artist and photographer Deb Garlick for a visually stunning cookbook celebrating sweet and savoury pies. With whimsical illustrations and practical how-to images, The Artful Pie Project unlocks the secrets to a great pie.
(Pssst…it's all in the pastry!) Featuring over 50 recipes covering the pie spectrum from galettes, to pastry dumplings and slab crumbles — plus French Canadian classics such as Tourtière and Tart au Sucre. Beyond pie, there are plenty of tips for dodging pie fails and creative ideas for using precious scraps of leftover dough. And because pies love company, there's a selection of accompaniments to partner with your favourite recipes. With mouth-watering photos and playful illustrations, The Artful Pie Project is sure to charm, and disarm, even the most apprehensive baker.
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Denise Marchessault (author)
Denise is a freelance food writer and cooking instructor with a Grand Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa. Her first cookbook, British Columbia From Scratch, is a culinary bear hug to her native home. With a weakness for pies and dachshunds, and a penchant for early morning hikes, Denise enjoys life in Victoria, BC with her husband and twin daughters.
Deb Garlick (artist and photographer)
Deb is a painter, illustrator, photo stylist and photographer in Victoria, BC. Her art has appeared on book covers, in collaborative projects and part of private collections internationally. When she's not working, she spends her time traveling, running, reading or in the bath. Her home and patio garden, on the top floor of a big, old mansion, on a hill with a view, is a whole creative world.
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"Beyond pie recipes, "The Artful Pie Project" is a compendium of practical and effective tips for dodging pie failures and creative ideas for using precious scraps of leftover dough. There is also a selection of accompaniments to partner with favorite pie recipes… A true and dedicated pie lover's delight to simply browse through, as well as profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography and illustrations,"The Artful Pie Project" is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation — making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, family, and community library collections."
— Midwest Book Review
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"The Artful Pie Project is an irresistible cookbook. Clear, reassuring instructions combine with whimsical art for a cookbook that's beautiful enough for the coffee table, and essential in the kitchen."
— Elizabeth Baird, CM, Author and Pie Lover
"Every baker deserves the gratification you get from making a tender flaky pastry to frame a truly delicious pie or tart, and Denise is the mentor you need. Her clear and undaunting instructions, and Deb's inviting photos and illustrations, are a delectable combination."
— Anna Olson Author, Pastry Chef and Food Network Host
"I was hooked after just a few pages. This is a cookbook bible for home bakers learning how to craft the perfect pie—a must-have for your library. It will teach you every step to perfect your pies, with mouth-watering recipes to indulge on. I have over 40 years of professional baking experience and was mesmerized that there are still tricks to learn!"
— Bruno Feldeisen Chef, Author and Judge on CBC's The Great Canadian Baking Show
"The Artful Pie Project is a fun and festive celebration of pie! Classic and innovative recipes are coupled with loads of bright, colourful photographs. This book delivers bold yet balanced flavors, opening up a world of exciting tastes and mind-blowing combinations for bakers at any level. It's a must-have on your kitchen shelf."
— Virginia Willis Chef and James Beard Award-Winning Cookbook Author
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On the shortlist for the 2023 Taste Canada Awards in the Single-Subject Cookbooks category
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If pastry is an art, then bakers and artists would seem a natural fit.
I first met artist Deb Garlick when she attended one of my cooking classes in Victoria BC. I marvelled at the breadth of her creativity, her striking photography and the playful whimsy reflected in all of her art.
Baking is my first love and I'd been dreaming of a pastry-themed project for years, but it took running into Deb at a book store to set the wheels in motion. When I suggested we team up to create a book where pastry and art intersect, Deb was all in. We took a deep dive into handcrafted pies with a shared vision—to create a cookbook as beautiful as it was practical.
Few things in life are as comforting as homemade pie, and we hoped this book inspires you to discover, or rediscover, the art of pastry.
Diving into the Project
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Click here to see a slideshow of the pages of the Tortiere with Duck Comfit recipe.
Click here to see a slideshow of the pages of the Blueberry Blackberry Galette recipe.
Click here to see a slideshow of the pages of the Caramel Crème Brûlée Tarts recipe.
Taste Canada featured the Lemon Cream Tart recipe. Click here to see the article.