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Writer; Web Producer; Famed Pie Baker

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In 2001 at the height of the dot-com boom, disillusioned and having just left her job as a successful web designer Beth Howard walked into a popular cafe in Malibu known for its pie, and tried to order a slice. Told they were “too busy to make any” she suggested they hire her to make pie for them. Asked what her qualifications were, she replied, “I’m from Iowa.”

While people assume Beth acquired her pie baking talents from her Midwestern grandmothers, it wasn’t until the age of 17, during a bicycle trip in Washington State, that she had her first pie lesson. Caught stealing apples from the tree of a retired pastry chef, she found herself put to work in the old man’s kitchen mixing dough by the light of a kerosene lantern. And so—voila—her passion for pie was born! She spent one year in Malibu baking pies for customers that included the likes of Barbra Streisand (lemon meringue), Dick Van Dyke (strawberry rhubarb), and Steven Spielberg (coconut cream).

Born in Iowa, Howard has been on the move her entire life living and working around the world. A writer at heart, Beth is a veteran journalist. Her outdoor adventure and profile articles have appeared in many magazines including Elle, Shape, Travel & Leisure and Sports Illustrated for Women. While on assignment she’s had to sky dive, dog sled, scuba dive with sharks, and compete in the Eco-Challenge, a ten-day multi-sport wilderness race.

In 2009 while living in the tiny Texas border town of Terlingua Beth received the phone call that would change her life. Her husband Marcus Iken had died suddenly of a ruptured aorta, the result of a congenital heart condition. At just 43 years old Marcus’ life was cut painfully short and Beth’s life was abruptly turned upside down.

Reeling from the pain of her husband’s death, Beth moved for a while to Oregon where she and Marcus had lived together for some time. There, as she had done in the past, she turned to pie to help her find peace – or to at least relieve some of the pain.

Then in the summer of 2010 Howard volunteered to judge pies at the Iowa State Fair’s annual August competition. Hoping that a visit to her native Iowa might bring her some relief she planned a pie tour of the state following the fair. During that trip on an unscheduled detour she found herself in Eldon, home of the “American Gothic” House made famous by the Grant Wood painting of the same name.

During that visit Beth learned that the house could be rented. And so, struck by the peacefulness of the setting, that’s just what she did. After a few phone calls Beth had found a new home in an old place. She sent for her belongings and started right away to baking pies-– and to writing.

A firm believer in the healing power of pie Beth has been called a “Pie Evangelist.” It would stand to follow then that her home at the iconic American Gothic House could be called her “pie pulpit.”

On weekends during the summer Beth sells pies from the house at her Pitchfork Pie Stand. When not baking or selling pies she’s busy writing for her blog, which has been named a favorite by both The New York Times and Reader’s Digest.

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Beth Howard

Writer; Web Producer; Famed Pie Baker

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Beth Howard Biography

In 2001 at the height of the dot-com boom, disillusioned and having just left her job as a successful web designer Beth Howard walked into a popular cafe in Malibu known for its pie, and tried to order a slice. Told they were “too busy to make any” she suggested they hire her to make pie for them. Asked what her qualifications were, she replied, “I’m from Iowa.”

While people assume Beth acquired her pie baking talents from her Midwestern grandmothers, it wasn’t until the age of 17, during a bicycle trip in Washington State, that she had her first pie lesson. Caught stealing apples from the tree of a retired pastry chef, she found herself put to work in the old man’s kitchen mixing dough by the light of a kerosene lantern. And so—voila—her passion for pie was born! She spent one year in Malibu baking pies for customers that included the likes of Barbra Streisand (lemon meringue), Dick Van Dyke (strawberry rhubarb), and Steven Spielberg (coconut cream).

Born in Iowa, Howard has been on the move her entire life living and working around the world. A writer at heart, Beth is a veteran journalist. Her outdoor adventure and profile articles have appeared in many magazines including Elle, Shape, Travel & Leisure and Sports Illustrated for Women. While on assignment she’s had to sky dive, dog sled, scuba dive with sharks, and compete in the Eco-Challenge, a ten-day multi-sport wilderness race.

In 2009 while living in the tiny Texas border town of Terlingua Beth received the phone call that would change her life. Her husband Marcus Iken had died suddenly of a ruptured aorta, the result of a congenital heart condition. At just 43 years old Marcus’ life was cut painfully short and Beth’s life was abruptly turned upside down.

Reeling from the pain of her husband’s death, Beth moved for a while to Oregon where she and Marcus had lived together for some time. There, as she had done in the past, she turned to pie to help her find peace – or to at least relieve some of the pain.

Then in the summer of 2010 Howard volunteered to judge pies at the Iowa State Fair’s annual August competition. Hoping that a visit to her native Iowa might bring her some relief she planned a pie tour of the state following the fair. During that trip on an unscheduled detour she found herself in Eldon, home of the “American Gothic” House made famous by the Grant Wood painting of the same name.

During that visit Beth learned that the house could be rented. And so, struck by the peacefulness of the setting, that’s just what she did. After a few phone calls Beth had found a new home in an old place. She sent for her belongings and started right away to baking pies-– and to writing.

A firm believer in the healing power of pie Beth has been called a “Pie Evangelist.” It would stand to follow then that her home at the iconic American Gothic House could be called her “pie pulpit.”

On weekends during the summer Beth sells pies from the house at her Pitchfork Pie Stand. When not baking or selling pies she’s busy writing for her blog, which has been named a favorite by both The New York Times and Reader’s Digest.

Beth Howard Videos

  • How to Bake a Buttery Good Homemade Apple Pie by Ms. American ...
  • Beth Howard on CBS - YouTube
  • The healing power of pie: Beth Howard at TEDxDesMoinesWomen ...

Beth Howard Books

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Beth Howard for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Beth Howard, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Beth Howard or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Beth Howard?

    Booking fees for Beth Howard, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Beth Howard, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Beth Howard?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Beth Howard for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Beth Howard for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Beth Howard or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Beth Howard or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Beth Howard is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Beth Howard for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Beth Howard generally travels from Eldon, IA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ella Woodward, Nancy Kruse, Heidi Ferrer, Howard Stern and Sally McKenney. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Beth Howard for an upcoming event.

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  • How to Bake a Buttery Good Homemade Apple Pie by Ms. American ...
    Beth Howard on CBS - YouTube
  • The healing power of pie: Beth Howard at TEDxDesMoinesWomen ...
    Beth Howard on the Appeal of Pie - YouTube
  • Author Beth Howard (The World Needs More Pie) - YouTube
    Beth Howard on the Appeal of Pie - YouTube

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