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Libby's Leadership Lab

Mar 24, 2021

Libby is joined by author, blogger and pie maker, Beth M. Howard. In 2001, at the height of the dot com boom, Beth quit a lucrative web producing job in San Francisco to bake “pies for the stars” at a gourmet deli in Malibu, California, which led to the launch of her popular blog, The World Needs More Pie. After the sudden death of her 43-year-old husband in 2009, she returned to her native Iowa to be a pie judge at the Iowa State Fair. An accidental fork in the road after the fair led to her becoming the resident of the iconic American Gothic House in Eldon, where she lived and ran the Pitchfork Pie Stand for four years. Beth has written several books including “Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie,” “Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Pie Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House” and “Hausfrau Honeymoon: Love, Language and Other Misadventures in Germany.” 


Libby and Beth discuss:

  • Beth’s journey that took her from travel and adventure blogging to making pies
  • How pies brought her out of the grief brought on by unexpected tragedy
  • Providing a place of connection by bringing her pies to Sandy Hook, CT
  • What it was like living in the American Gothic House for 4 years
  • Listening to her intuition and following opportunity
  • Why flexibility and determination are critical when it comes to traveling
  • Immediate negative response
  • Human connection
  • And much more


Beth has written for The New York Times, Real Simple, Country Living and Guideposts, among many other publications, is a commentator for Tri-States Public Radio and has given a TEDx talk. Her story has garnered international media attention including CNN Anderson Cooper 360, CBS This Morning, BBC, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Huffington Post and more. She is currently writing a memoir titled “World Piece.”


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