For a short retro romp with rolling pin in hand, all you need is Caroline Barty's Easy as Apple Pie, with 45 easy-to-follow recipes for classics from Georgia Pecan Pie served with a generous dollop of whipped cream; to Mississippi Mud Pie, rumored to have been among Elvis's top 10 treats; to Tarte Tatin, the famous French take on apple pie, made here and made easy with frozen puff pastry. Vintage 1950s photos enhance the retro feel and recall the days before microwaves and instant everything.

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