Who doesn't love pie and ice cream? Have you ever thought about the history of pie? It turns out it wasn't invented in America, even though we have the saying, "As American as apple pie."

According to the American Pie Council, (we didn't invent it, but we are serious about it - we have a council) the ancient Egyptians actually had pie, but with meat filling. The first recipe featuring the filled pastry was published by the Romans, and in the twelfth century pies showed up in England. So... all the recipes came to America with the English settlers, and now we all love pie! Below are some new books, with new pie recipes! Enjoy!

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"Happiness is Baking," by Maida Heatter.

Maida Heatter is one of the most iconic and fondly remembered cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, are must-haves in every home baker's bag of tricks: Her cookies, cakes, muffins, tarts, pies, and sweets of all kinds range from extravagantly special to the comforting and every day. Her brown-sugary Budapest Coffee Cake, her minty Palm Beach Brownies, her sophisticated East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, and many other desserts have inspired legions of devotees.

"Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet and Savory Slab Pies," by Cathy Barrow.

For those of you who aren't up on your Pinterest food trends, slab pie is just like regular pie-only better (and bigger)! Instead of crimping and meticulously rolling out a round crust, slab pies are an unfussy twist that are perfect for a potluck or dinner party or just a family dinner. Baked on sheet pans, slab pies can easily serve a crowd of people dinner or dessert. "Pie Squared" includes 75 foolproof recipes, along with inventive decoration tips that will appeal to baking nerds and occasional bakers alike. And this fresh, uncomplicated take on pie will surely pique the interest of those who have previously been reluctant to take out their rolling pin.

Barrow didn't invent slab pie, but she definitely thinks outside of the crust. In addition to traditional pie dough, she offers more than a dozen crust recipes-from cracker crusts and cornbread crusts to cookie crusts and cheddar cheese crusts. Using these as a base, Barrow then entices readers with both savory and sweet slab pie creations, with recipes like Spinach, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Slab Pie and Curried Chicken Slab Pie to Sour Cream Peach Melba Slab Pie and Grande Mocha Cappuccino Slab Pie. The first book of its kind, this will appeal to lovers of easy food trends like sheet pan suppers and dump cakes. Don't be surprised when you start spying slab pies at your next potluck!

Library happenings

The library's monthly Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, July 16 at 3 p.m. in the main meeting room. The group will be discussing "The Only Woman in the Room" by Marie Benedict. This book is based on the incredible true story of Hedy Lamarr, a glamour icon, Hollywood star and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication. All are welcome to attend to share your thoughts with fellow book lovers.

Calling all crocheters! People of all experience levels are welcome to bring new and ongoing projects to the library's crochet group meeting this Wednesday, July 17 at 4 p.m. Share experience, inspiration and the love of crocheting.

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, July 18 and Saturday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Saturday, July 6th at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Come "Wander the Stars" with your fellow astrology lovers at 2 p.m. this Thursday, July 18. Create your own star constellation and other galaxy art during this free event.

Also this Thursday,, come to the library and enjoy "An Evening with Artists Arthur Norby and Irene Coatta," starting at 6:30 p.m. Join sculptor, painter, and author Arthur Norby and author and multi-media artist Irene Jones Coatta for a delightful and informative evening.

Library hours

The library's regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at www.larl.org, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.

For more information on local library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave.