How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman

As Anne Shirley said, “I’m glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” It’s sweater weather again, the leaves are just beginning to turn, and the apples on our trees are turning red. It’s my favorite time of year, and not just because my birthday is this month. That helps. But fall is just so wonderful with its cool air and warm colors. And now that we’ve finally moved into the house that we’ve been renovating for nearly a year, and I have a beautiful kitchen to work in and an oven that seems to work miracles, I feel inspired to bake autumn type goodness again.

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There’s an old red school house down the road from where I live (and where I grew up), where once a month, the neighborhood gathers for a potluck supper- I’ve been going since I was an infant. It’s about as wholesome as it gets. My cousin calls it “a perfect slice of Americana,” and it truly is. October is also the month where our association holds a harvest auction to raise funds for maintaining the building and paying taxes and, you know, electric bills. So everyone gathers what they’ve harvested, canned, baked, or even quilted, and brings it alongside their potluck offering. After we finish our dinner, we get to bid on the goodies.

So Saturday morning I sent the kids out to gather apples and started looking around for a recipe. I landed on not a cookbook, not a website, but a children’s book. Of course. One of our favorites, and one that I included in my Ten Favorite travel books list.

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Marjorie Priceman’s How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World details the ingredients needed for an apple pie, but offers up a rather adventurous solution if one were to find the market closed. A young girl heads around the world to gather everything on her shopping list, beginning in Italy (where she’ll gather some semolina wheat), and swinging through France (for eggs), Sri Lanka (for cinnamon), England (for milk which will need to be churned into butter), Jamaica (for salt and sugar), and finally Vermont (for the apples).  IMG_4884

It’s such a fun book, opening young eyes to a global view (there’s even a map to follow along), reminding us that food doesn’t magically come from the market.

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And at the end of the book, there’s even a recipe- aha! It’s fairly simple to make ( with only the ingredients we’ve just searched out- crust and all!) and tied nicely into our need to use up apples and make something fall-ish for the school house dinner. And also read. pie recipe, how to make an apple pie and see the world

And here were our results:

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It was a hit if I do say so myself! Nice and crusty and buttery.

Boy do I love October!


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8 thoughts on “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman

  1. I bring this book into my daughter’s Montessori classroom each year, and the children always enjoy it. I love your pie-making picture! Have you read Emily Jenkins’ “A Fine Dessert: Four Families, Four Centuries, One Delicious Dessert” to your kids yet? I keep meaning to write a post about it…but that would involve us motivating to make the blackberry fool recipe at the book’s end, and we haven’t gotten around to that yet. So I’m extra impressed that you managed to pull it all off here. 🙂


  2. Eeeeeeeeeeeee! you’re cooking in your new kitchen! I spy built in bookcases! House tour at some point pleeeeeeeeeze!! Love the idea behind this book, and how fun and darling to actually make something from it! Happy, happy fall sweet Amelie! (i am now realizing that I put in exclamation points on every sentence of this comment. oh my.)

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    • Yes yes yes! I’m slowly bringing in my boxes of books and filling up those cases-I think I’m going to use almost half on children’s books alone. A few more things need to be unpacked and finished before I take more photos- like a couch, a bit more painting, and lots more boxes of books. I pack them all in liquor boxes (free from liquor stores and they’re sturdy- I have moved so many hundreds of boxes in my time from when I had the used bookstore) so they’re all relatively small and manageable, but I’ll bring in 3 boxes of books and they’ll fill up one shelf. Ugh. I know you love fall too, Melissa- love seeing pics of your sweet girl!


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