Combining long-forgotten classics with deliciously revamped recipes and stunning photography is what Karlynn Johnston is all about. In her anticipated first cookbook, Karlynn covers everything you need to know about being a modern-day old-fashioned baker: from setting up your kitchen and stocking your pantry, to making pie dough and releasing a Bundt cake from its pan.
Once you've got the basics covered, you'll be ready to bake time-honored desserts like Saskatoon Berry Pie, Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, and No-Bowl Chocolate Vinegar Cake. Then, jazz things up with these recipes' modern twists: White Chocolate Saskatoon Galette, Chocolate Buttercream-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Root Beer Float Cupcakes. And, of course, there's the recipe that started it all: the almost-lost Prairie favorite, Flapper Pie. When Karlynn first posted this recipe on her blog, it went viral, drawing enthusiastic and sentimental responses from readers everywhere who wanted to reminisce about their childhood and family food memories.
An approachable book for every skill level, Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky covers all the cherished bake goods from Karlynn and her family. Featuring more than 120 recipes from cakes to candies, doughnuts to dainties, and pies to puddings, with the same gorgeous photography that has made The Kitchen Magpie a go-to blog for passionate home bakers, this book is a delicious demonstration of the comfort and closeness that baking can bring. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky is destined to become a classic to be shared through the generations.
Full-time professional blogger, baker, and recipe maker KARLYNN JOHNSTON can usually be found fluffing her culinary feathers on her award-winning website, The Kitchen Magpie. When she’s not there, she’s busy avoiding her deadlines by sneaking away to eat at her favorite Edmonton restaurants, finding a new bourbon cocktail to drink, or playing on social media. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky is her first cookbook.
"Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky is beautiful in a completely organic way, a tribute to the years [Johnston] spent honing the craft of baking and photography, and to her quirky eye for gleaming kitsch. It’s a collection as honest and sincere as the author."
--The National Post
“Recipes are creative and playful, but also very approachable, leaving it a great choice for the beginner and expert alike. I really enjoyed the advice shared about hot to stock the pantry and set up your kitchen, things that chefs often assume the home reader just know how to do.”
--Chef Paul Shufelt, The Toronto Sun
“This Edmonton food blogger, baker and recipe maker has created another must-have for your cookbook collection. It’s full of all the wonderful dessert recipes revamped for today that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers made. It brings back those beautiful memories of sweet-smelling kitchens and family celebrations around the table.”