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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.)


Ms. American Pie

If you like pie, you’ll like my cookbook, Ms. American Pie, now in paperback. Lighter in weight but packed with the same great recipes, photos, and essays, it makes a great gift. Or maybe your old one is so full of stains from using it so much you need a new one. Either way, it’s available now. Just in time for Thanksgiving — and for holiday gifts.

Buy it now on Amazon, IndieBound, or order it from your local book store. Available in paperback and in ebook formats. 


Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie

The story of how I turned to pie making after losing my husband, and how the journey led me back to my birthplace of Iowa and into the American Gothic House.

“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

Order from Amazon, Indiebound, your local bookstore or library.


Hausfrau Honeymoon: Love, Laundry and Other Misadventures in Germany

The prequel to MAKING PIECE, this is the story of how I met my husband and moved to Germany. Uh, yeah, that didn’t go so well. But our marriage survived it. Available in paperback or ebook from Amazon, IndieBound, your local bookstore or library.


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.


TEDx Talk: The Healing Power of Pie