Beth M. Howard is an author, blogger, and radio commentator. She is also known for being the (former) resident of the American Gothic House, where from 2010 to 2014 she ran the Pitchfork Pie Stand. Her books include Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie; the cookbook, Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Pie Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House; and her most recent memoir, the prequel to Making Piece, Hausfrau Honeymoon: Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany. She has written for the New York Times, Real Simple, Country Living, and many other publications; she’s been featured on CNN, CBS This Morning, BBC, and NPR; and she has given a TEDx talk about the healing powers of pie. She does radio commentaries on Tri States Public Radio and blogs at The World Needs More Pie. (View full bio.)
Now in paperback — Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie
“One of the best non-cookbook food books of 2012” –– Serious Eats
“One of the best books of 2012” — San Francisco Book Review
“One unique, crazy-quilt, truly American tale of reinvention.” — Publishers Weekly
If you like pie, you’ll also like my cookbook, Ms. American Pie.
Recognize this painting?
You know American Gothic by Grant Wood. But did you know the house in the painting is real? It’s in Eldon, Iowa, and I lived in it for four years, from 2010 to 2014. I stayed even after discovering 7-foot-long snakes also living in it! I ran the Pitchfork Pie Stand inside the house while, outside, tourists posed in front day and night, sometimes peering in my windows. I occasionally go back to do a pop-up pie stand. (Pictured L to R: me, my brother, and my parents)