In Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life, master pie maker Kate McDermott presents recipes for many tastes, including pies of fruits and berries, rustic tarts and savory meat and vegetable pies. Regarding pie crust--for which there are several recipes, including some without gluten--McDermott emphasizes the importance of keeping everything chilled, especially oneself. By following her clear instructions to the letter, readers should find ready success with what can otherwise be a frustrating part of the baking process. The page layouts are designed to suit a variety of bakers; stories, technique explanations and valuable advice on the right tools appear alongside each recipe. McDermott advises bakers to be patient with themselves and their ingredients, encouraging a calm, unhurried environment. Art of the Pie is as much a lesson in living well as it is a thorough pie tutorial. Readers no doubt will be charmed by both. --Richael Best, bookseller, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Wash.