Peyton Picks the Perfect Pie

Release date: September 1st, 2020
America’s Test Kitchen Kids


This humorous and heart-warming story from the creators of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs celebrates the love of cooking and helps children overcome their fear of trying new foods and includes an ATK recipe for the perfect pie.

Peyton is particular. But she’s not picky. Grownups use that word a lot. Picky. Picky. Picky. It’s never a good thing. And it’s not fair. Peyton likes dogs and cats, scooters and bikes, pools and beaches. And Peyton likes to try new things. She recently mastered long division in math class and loves to practice the saxophone–as long as her adorable dog Mila doesn’t howl! But Peyton is particular when it comes to food. Peyton doesn’t like it when two foods touch on her plate. Peyton doesn’t like green foods. Or orange foods. Or red foods. Peyton doesn’t like foods that are gooey or gummy, sticky or slimy, frosted or flaky. And Peyton most definitely doesn’t like chunky or lumpy foods.

My review:

Peyton Picks the Perfect Pie is a heartwarming and comical Thanksgiving story about a girl who knows what she likes – and there is quite a list of foods that she does not like. Peyton does like to try new things although that doesn’t extend to foods until this Thanksgiving she finally decides to give pie a shot. After all, pie should be a safe choice, right? There are so many to choose from that she has a hard time trying to find just one that she might be brave enough to try. This is a perfect story about trying something new featuring a wide variety of family members, friends, pies, and Peyton’s dog – Mila. It was a fun read with my daughter, who also happens to be particular about foods right now. This book extends a fun story for kids to enjoy and hopefully encourages them to try something they normally wouldn’t. The illustrations are lovely and a little bit comical. It also includes a recipe for the Perfect Apple Pie. I would recommend this book to young readers and parents of young readers who may also have particular preferences regarding food – especially with the smorgasbord that usually occurs with Thanksgiving. I would like to thank Amazon Vine, and America’s Test Kitchen Kids for the opportunity to share this story with my daughter – all opinions are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

8 thoughts on “Peyton Picks the Perfect Pie

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    1. Sounds familiar – I’m honestly not sure if my daughter would be willing to eat it. If it looks and/or feels weird she usually won’t eat it anymore. There are so many things that she loved that she refuses to even try anymore. *sigh*


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