By Max Alexander
November 30, 1998 12:00 PM

by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Baking pies is hard work, but the hardest job here is deciding which amazing pie to bake first. Rose Levy Beranbaum, who previously wrote The Cake Bible, brings missionary zeal to her task of revealing the secrets of great pies. It’s not easy, since pies defy culinary logic because one part always wants to burn when another part is still raw. Can anyone learn? Well, the author grew up in a family where no one baked. (Scribner, $35)

Bottom Line: Will make you want to get rolling