Married couple Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin share a profession and a passion – they are doctors by day, but spend all their free time competing in baking contests. Together they have won more than 500 ribbons for their pies and other baked goods, including Best of Show in the 2017 National Pie Championship.
In their first book, The New Pie: Modern Techniques for the Classic American Dessert (Clarkson Potter, 2019; $30), the self-taught bakers show baking enthusiasts how to take their pies to the next level.
Recipes range from spins on classic fruit pies, including Crazzberry, Spiced Apple Cider and Chocolate-Covered Cherry, to cream pies with modern flavors such as Thai Iced Tea and Root Beer and boozy pies like Strawberry Margarita with Salted Rim, Old Fashioned Cherry, and Bellini.
There are also whimsical showpieces like Bubbling Butterbeer, Saturday Morning Cartoon Cereal, and Coffee and Doughnuts. The New Pie is a book that is bound to inspire dessert professionals as well as baking enthusiasts. Available from amazon.com and bookstores everywhere.