Beth Howard, the “Pie Girl” is a writer, pie baker and self-proclaimed pie evangelist. When her husband suddenly passed away, she packed up the RV he left behind, and hit the road. Through her blog, The World Needs More Pie, Beth chronicles her adventures in pie and shares how pie has, and continues to help her heal from the loss of her husband. First learning to make pies when she was 17, after getting caught stealing apples from an orchard of a retired pastry chef, Beth has continued to use pie as a way to find purpose.

In addition to her pursuit of the power of pie, Beth is also a journalist specializing in personality profiles, adventure travel and outdoor sports. She has written for Shape, Elle, Travel & Leisure and Fitness magazines, among many others.

Today, Beth lives in the historic, American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, where she sells pie at her Pitchfork Pie Stand and is developing the new television docu-reality series This American Pie. Her recently released memoir Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie shows how one courageous woman triumphs over tragedy. It’s about the nourishment of the heart and soul that comes from the simple act of giving to others, like baking a homemade pie and sharing it.

“Pie makes people happy, happy people want to do nice things for others, when everyone is doing nice things for each other all the time there can be no war, and therefore pie can save the world,” says Beth.

We salute Beth on her mission to bring happiness and peace to the world, one pie piece at a time.