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’s life story is looped around pie from the very beginning. Before she was even born, her parents opened Mom’s Apple Pie Company in Leesburg, Virginia, and Petra and her family’s lives revolved around pie ever since. Be it the right fat-to-flour ratio for dough (hers is different than her dad’s) or the produce grown on the family farm and destined for scrumptious fillings. But as you’ll hear, Petra wasn’t certain that pie would be her career path. She took a detour—but before long, she was opening her own pie shop in New York City: Petee’s Pie Company.
And now in her first cookbook, Pie for Everyone, she’s pulling together the last seven years of professional knowledge from running her now-two locations of Petee's—the name, by the way, is a ode to her childhood nickname—as 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’s 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.