I reviewed this 2012 cookbook a year after it came out and, from the review below, you can see that the book is packed with wonderful ideas. I was going to test several recipes and put the book to the side. And then I put books on top and more on top and … Damn those stacks. We found the book, we love it even more, and you’ll see some of its ideas here soon.

I do believe in diversity. Something beyond brownies and chocolate cake.

I just need inspiration. And now there is Kelly Jaggers’ Not-So-Humble Pies. Just in time for the holidays. Not-So is staggering filled with ideas: new crust concepts, cream and custard and chiffon delights, fruit pies extraordinaire, tarts and rustic gems, dinner pies to sooth your conscience, and exotic pies to complete a perfect meal. There is a symphony of ideas here:

  • Lemon and Lavender Short Crust Pastry
  • Cinnamon Streusel Topping [in lieu of more crust!]
  • Maple Walnut Pie [think Thanksgiving]
  • Parsnip Custard Pie [think Pilgrims again!]
  • Cardamom and Saffron Chiffon Pie [for dinner party elegance]
  • Honey Lavender Apple Pie [for elegance at the end of the table]
  • Strawberry White Chocolate Ganache Tart
  • Bourbon Peach Tart
  • Lemon Pistachio Tart
  • Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Tart [main course idea]
  • Seared Ahi Tuna and Wasabi Crème Tartlets [devilish hot main course idea]
  • Spinach and Artichoke Tart [main course or side]
  • Duck Confit Tart
  • Chipotle Fudge Tart
  • Meyer Lemon and Serrano Chili Meringue Pie

Pies are naturally rich. This is a book to take you, and perhaps your blood sugar, one level higher. I actually am interested in the savory concepts here, like the Duck Confit Tart. But I do find myself attracted to the attractions here with a Southwestern kick, like that last one, the Meyer Lemon and Serrano Chili Meringue Pie. I know all the words: Meyer, Serrano, Meringue, … But the combination here is one that I just not have pondered. My thinks to author Kelly Jaggers for opening up a pie wonderland.

The recipes here are well-written, clear, and easily executed. The titles may seem complicated, but the written pathways are easy to traverse. This book proves exceptionally simple routes to exceptionally delightfully treats.

Now, it’s time to explore.