Big Library Read


No baking class needed, just a library card. 

Buckinghamshire Libraries will be taking part in the Big Library Read program, the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time.

Buckinghamshire Libraries users will be able to borrow the eBook, Art of the Pie: one of 2016’s best cookbooks from pie-guru Kate McDermott, starting Thursday 16 March and concluding on Thursday 30 March by visiting

Kate McDermott has taught the time-honoured craft of pie-making to thousands of people. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up with hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.


"If you are a first time pie maker, the words in the book are the very same ones I share in the pie making workshops and I hope they will give you the confidence to dip your hands into the baking bowl... A recipe is a starting place, so feel free to experiment with different seasonings and flavour combinations that please you. I hope you will enjoy the stories in Art of the Pie as well as the recipes. It was a labour of love to write it for you."

 Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honoured craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.

This is the only PIE cookbook you need.

How do I take part?

The free program runs for two weeks and to get started reading, all that is needed is a Buckinghamshire Libraries library card. Art of the Pie can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Chromebook™ without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook cookbook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees. 

To borrow the eBook, readers can visit 

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes and more can be found on

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between Buckinghamshire Libraries, OverDrive and Countryman Press, publisher of Art of the Pie. Library readers voted Art of the Pie as their cookbook choice for Big Library Read. 

For more information on Big Library Read, visit





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