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Park Rapids' pastry chefs - and the 4th of July library fundraiser - are featured in John Michael Lerma's latest cookbook. He plans to expand the 2009 event with more categories. (Submitted photos)

Pie baking contest included in new cookbook


As a longtime summer guest on Lake Belle Taine, chef John Michael Lerma added a new ingredient to his role as a tourist - Park Rapids annual 4th of July Pie Baking Contest.

Now the event - and the history behind the library fundraiser - is included in his second cookbook, "Garden County Pie, Sweet and Savory Delights from the Table of John Michael Lerma."

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