Episode 97
Monday, February 1, 2021

A lifetime of family-led pie baking (& eating) led Petra Paredez to her first cookbook

"When you spend so much of your time doing something or around a certain object or food … it's really helpful to make more meaning of it. And I think that writing this cookbook helped me do that."

ūü•ß It's Pie Week 2021 ūü•ß

This week, we're excited to welcome Petra Paredez to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks, for our Spring 2021 Pie Week!

Petra‚Äôs life story is looped around pie from the very beginning. Before she was even born, her parents opened Mom‚Äôs Apple Pie Company in Leesburg, Virginia, and Petra and her family‚Äôs lives revolved around pie ever since. Be it the right fat-to-flour ratio for dough (hers is different than her dad‚Äôs) or the produce grown on the family farm and destined for scrumptious fillings. But as you‚Äôll hear, Petra wasn‚Äôt certain that pie would be her career path. She took a detour‚ÄĒbut before long, she was opening her own pie shop in New York City: Petee‚Äôs Pie Company. ¬†

And now in her first cookbook, Pie for Everyone, she‚Äôs pulling together the last seven years of professional knowledge from running her now-two locations of Petee's‚ÄĒthe name, by the way, is a ode to her childhood nickname‚ÄĒas well as her life-long, family-instilled intuition for what makes great pie. With more than 80 recipes for both sweet and savory, plus short essays on Petra‚Äôs life and some of her trusted produce purveyors, Pie for Everyone is a deep dive into the story of pie and how to make it a staple in your home.

Petra joined us remotely for this week’s show. And, of course, we’re playing a pie game at the end of the episode, plus we’ve got featured recipes from Pie for Everyone for you.

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