One of the most comforting foods is pastry and it is an ingredient used the world over. Pastry started life as a simple ground grain and water paste that was baked around a substantial filling to act as protection from contaminants - more like an ancient cling film or foil than a food. In fact, the pastry casing wasn't even eaten, it was broken off and discarded, leaving the filling unharmed and perfect for eating. Over the years, the recipe for pastry has been developed into something that is as equally delicious to eat as the filling or topping it houses. Many of us have at least one family member who has made or makes a great pie, and it seems to be one of those dishes that instantly bring to mind a great foodie memory to anyone who loves home baking. The book will include recipes for sweet and savoury pies, pastries and tarts, and will include dishes from all over the world, from American apple pie to French tarte aux pommes to delicate sweet pastries from the Middle East. Packed with over 100 recipes and 50 stunning recipe photographs, this will be a cookbook to cherish. It is suitable for keen home cooks looking to expand their repertoire, and those cooking for friends and family - a pie is the perfect dish for sharing.