After introducing essential pie-making techniques, equipment, and ingredients, Castella (product design, Art Center Coll. of Design, Pasadena, CA; Crazy About Cupcakes) shares sweet and savory pie recipes for a variety of occasions (e.g., Everyday Pies, Wedding Pies, Cocktail-Party Pies). Fruit pies like Classic Apple are only a starting point; Castella ventures far beyond tradition with unusual flavor combinations and creative decorating ideas. Because she defines pie as any filling encased in a crust, she also includes empanadas, apple dumplings, and turnovers. VERDICT Pie cookbooks are numerous, but don't assume this one is redundant. Castella brings fresh perspective to her topic, and her creative approach will appeal to many readers.