Where Readers and Writers Meet

big library read art of pie

Big Library Read Kicks off This Month’s eBook Club with ‘Art of the Pie’

in Nonfiction by

pieThis past week I’ve only been watching one thing on TV: The Great British Baking Show. Netflix recently added more episodes of the addictive British show about amateur bakers who compete to be crowned the best baker in the tent. It’s charming and wholesome and has basically convinced me that I’m secretly a whiz at baking cakes, pastries, biscuits and more. That’s why I’m currently all about Big Library Read‘s eBook club!

Logically, I know I can’t learn how to make a perfect blueberry pie by watching it happen on TV. Still, I might be in luck, as Big Library Read just launched their latest digital book club choice: Art of the Pie, by Kate McDermott. For two weeks, from March 16 through March 30, participants can download a free digital copy of McDermott’s bestselling cookbook from participating libraries around the world. All you need is a library card to join in on the fun, and, awesomely, 20,000 libraries in 28 different countries are participating in the event. I basically love everything about this idea, and not just because it combines my two favorite things: baking and books.

Big Library Read is the largest worldwide digital book club, and it’s the first one ever to use libraries to connect readers with new, awesome titles. It’s completely free to participate in their book club reads, and you’ll be able to download a temporary copy of Art of the Pie to any of your digital devices. The book will automatically expire on March 30, but until then you can dive into baking all sorts of sweet and savory pies. You can also join in on the eBook club discussion that’s currently taking place on the Big Library Read website. Having trouble with that pastry crust? Not sure how to properly prepare those fillings? Take to the eBook club discussion to ask your fellow bakers/readers for advice.

art of the pie big library readArt of the Pie has been named one of 2016’s best cookbooks by many (including Oprah.com!), and was personally selected by Big Library Read members as the current eBook club pick. The recipe book tackles everything pie-related, imparting McDermott’s baking wisdom in an accessible and delicious way. Learn how to make the perfect crust, as well as some classic pie recipes, including Chicken Pot Pie, a Quintessential Apple Pie, and even some gluten free options. For all you amateur bakers out there who may or may not be obsessed with The Great British Baking Show, McDermott’s pie bible is a must-read. The fact that Pi Day was on March 14 should provide some great mathematical inspiration.

Now is definitely the time to check out the Big Library Read eBook club and join all the pie-related discussions. I almost can’t believe that you can read this awesome baking cookbook for free for the next two weeks, as well as potentially meet some new online friends who love baking (and reading!) just as much as you do. Book clubs are such an awesome way to connect with other readers who share your interests – and it’s even better when those interests happen to be about pie.

Do you love book clubs as much as we do? Are you part of any yourself? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for our upcoming article on our favorite online book clubs!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Go to Top