Cathy Barrow is a freelance food writer, cooking teacher, and food preservation expert. Barrow writes the 'BRING IT' column in the Washington Post's food section. Her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry, won the prestigious IACP award for best single-subject cookbook in 2015. She has written for the New York Times, Garden and Gun, The Local Palate, Saver, Southern Living, Food52, All Recipes Magazine, NPR, and National Geographic, among others. Cathy lives just outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and two rescued terriers.
[A]n inventive collection of sweet and savory pies baked in rimmed sheet pans. Unlike round pies, slabs have twice as much crust and half as much filling. So pastry lovers can check out the 14 different crust recipes, including one built around caramelized onions and another using hash browns. Ingredients are measured both by volume and weight. Lots of creativity here.--Minneapolis Star Tribune Barrow devotes an entire, glorious book to the subject of slab pies . . . The most challenging part of this fun and inviting cookbook will be choosing which recipe to make first. --Publishers Weekly My favorite new cookbook of the year . . . These aren't the gooey fruit oozers I associate with the American classic -- in fact, half the recipes are savory, and many of the Sweetie Pies don't even involve fruit. --Hellen McAlpin, The Christian Science Monitor Pie Squared is a collection of creative and ambitious-yet-approachable recipes that, in aggregate, argue that just about any dish can be turned into a slab pie. --The Austin Chronicle This richly illustrated work brings a fresh, creative approach to slab pies; essential for weeknight meals and potlucks. --Library Journal