Melissa Rose Bernardo
July 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

American Pie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy
Producer
Chris Moore
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

AMERICAN PIE Pascale Le Draoulec (HarperCollins, $23.95) Buyers beware (or rejoice): This is not a literary adaptation of the randy teen flick. It’s a rich, satisfying account of one woman’s cross-country search for the age-old dessert. On the quest for velvety meringues, savory fillings, and flaky crusts, she and her tasters break bread with locals who dole out Forrest Gumpian tidbits — ”Pies reflect your personality” — and fork over recipes for huckleberry, shoofly, Belgian prune, and more. (Note to the author: Next time, steer the pie-mobile to Michigan for my grandma’s apple.) Even die-hard Mrs. Smith fans will be inspired to raise their rolling pins. And as one 12-year-old baker says, ”Take your time. You just can’t rush a pie.”

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