Erin McDowell Erin McDowell is a baker, recipe developer, and writer. She's the author of the New York Times Bestselling cookbook The Book on Pie. She's the host of Bake it Up a Notch and has contributed to many websites and magazines. Erin studied baking and pastry at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.