Whether you're celebrating Pi Day, crafting the perfect Thanksgiving meal, or just looking for a delicious treat, everyone loves a good pie. That perfectly flaky crust, that piping hot filling, the sheer artistry of putting together something that's as scrumptious as it is beautiful...
Average eaters and fierce foodies alike all save room for pie. And, apparently, so do a good number of celebrity chefs. It's not hard to see the proof just by taking a peek inside their cookbooks, television shows, bakeries, and restaurants.
Or you can let us do the work for you: Here are our fourteen favorite pies from the experts.
Martha Stewart: Strawberry-Rhubarb Slab Pie
Kitchen maven Martha Stewart practically invented the "slab pie": a giant, rectangular pie that eschews the traditional round form factor in order to get more pie into more people's mouths. And with strawberry and rhubarb at its heart, that's definitely a good thing.
Check out the recipe on Martha's site.
Paula Deen: Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie
Who wants regular old pumpkin pie when you can have apple butter pumpkin pie? That must be just what Paula Deen was thinking when she concocted this delicious take on the traditional Thanksgiving dessert. Better still, this recipe couldn't be easier: Just mix everything together, pour it into your crust, and bake.
Sunny Anderson: Maple-Bourbon Apple Pie
What happens when two Food Network stars get together to make the perfect Thanksgiving pie? I'll give you three hints: apple, maple syrup, and bourbon. Sunny Anderson showed up on The Rachael Ray Show to make this American classic even tastier! And she introduced us to Fat Daddio's Lattice Cutter. How cool is that thing?
Get the recipe for yourself—and watch the ladies at work—over on The Rachael Ray Show website.
Momofuku Milk Bar: Crack Pie
You might not know Christina Tosi's name, but thousands of New Yorkers know her famous Crack Pie. This buttery, sugary, decadent treat is the signature dessert at David Chang's Momofuku Milk Bar. Tosi is not only the head pastry chef for all five Milk Bar locations, but is also the creator of the Crack Pie.
Giada De Laurentiis: Baby Strawberry & Honey Pies
How can you resist tiny little pies filled with strawberries and honey? The answer is: You can't. These little treats first appeared on Giada at Home's "Elegant and Easy" episode—and we can definitely see why.
Oh... and if you're wondering what that little extra something is, it's undoubtedly the arrowroot.
Enjoy the recipe at Giada's website.
The Cake Boss: Chocolate Pecan Pie
There are countless recipes for this perennial holiday favorite, but there's only one man we trust with the ultimate formula for chocolatey pecan goodness: Buddy Valastro. Also known as The Cake Boss, Valastro stopped by The Rachael Ray Show to show off his secondary (yet still impressive) pie-making skills—to mouth-watering effect.
You can get the recipe (and the video segment) on The Rachael Ray Show site.
Alton Brown: Lemon Meringue Pie
In America, pies are often thought to be the domain of Thanksgiving and the fall season. But there's one stand-out pie that's a beloved summer dessert: the classic lemon meringue. We prefer this wonderfully simple version from Good Eats mastermind Alton Brown.
It's too bad he doesn't give you the secret to having the artistic hand needed to shape that meringue so perfectly.
You can watch the man himself concoct this summer treat—or get Get Alton's recipe—on The Food Network site.
Marian Keyes: Banana Meringue Pie
Looking for a fun twist on the classic lemon meringue pie? How about this banana meringue pie from Marian Keyes? It's certainly not the easiest pie to make, but with some time and effort, the results will be irresistible.
Get the full recipe in Keyes' book, Saved by Cake: More Than 80 Ways to Bake Yourself Happy, or on Epicurean.
Barefoot Contessa: Key Lime Pie
Meringue isn't the only summer pie favorite. If you prefer citrus of the green variety, you've probably already made your share of key lime pies. But have you made Ina Garten's version? The Barefoot Contessa never disappoints.
Head over to The Food Network site for the full recipe.
Bobby Flay: Peach-Blackberry Pie
In 2007, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay traveled to Rockland, Maine, where the man himself challenged the "Pie Moms" to a bake-off. He won the challenge with what we can only assume is the single greatest peach-blackberry pie you will ever taste.
Flour Bakery: Double Apple Pie
We couldn't let a pie article go by without paying homage to our local bakery down the street: Flour Bakery. Shepherded by acclaimed pastry chef, Joanne Chang, Flour isn't known for its pies, but the double apple pie is a doozy. And since we're writing this on Pi Day, we splurged on a slice of this neighborhood delight.
What's her secret? A combination of Granny Smith and either Macintosh or Rome apples.
Get the recipe in Chang's book, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Café or sneak a peek over at Secret Ingredient.
Gordon Ramsay: Shepherd's Pie
Prefer pies of the savory variety? Look no further than this English classic. And since the foul-mouthed master chef introduced the world to his shepherd's pie recipe on The F Word, countless people have sworn by his recipe. Two secrets: 1) Mince everything, and 2) Parmesan cheese.
Watch a genius at work in the video below.
Nigella Lawson: Chicken, Mushroom, and Bacon Pies
Continuing our trend of British celebrity chefs making delicious meat pies, Nigella Lawson gives us a recipe that's easy, tasty, and adorable! Next time you're cooking for two—or want to impress guests—just whip out these individualized delicacies. (And even Nigella uses ready-made puff pastry, so that means you can too!)
Jamie Oliver: Steak & Guinness Pie
It is incontrovertible fact that the Brits know how to do meat pies. If you want something a bit more daring than Gordon Ramsay's shepherd's pie, you can't go wrong with Jamie Oliver's heavenly meat and beer creation.
Watch the whole thing in action below or get the recipe at jamieoliver.com.