How to Make the Perfect Pie

Melissa McCart
Published in
2 min readAug 12, 2020


Stone fruit season is in full swing, and, in a year that’s been short on pleasure, it’s worth seeking out a deliciously ripe peach, nectarine, or plum for a little food therapy. If you have more than a couple of stone fruits, here’s Mark’s straightforward pie recipe that allows you to segue to a crisp, cobbler, or galette if you’d like.

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Thanks for reading.



Melissa McCart

Editor of Heated with Mark Bittman on Medium. Dog mom. Pho fan. Send me your pitches: