- Product # 070894
- Type Hardcover
- ISBN 978-1-56158-848-0
- Published Date 2007
- Dimensions 9 x 9
- Pages 192
- Photos full-color & black and white photos
A lovely gift for yourself and daughter, mother, sister, friend...all the special women in your world
- 70 scrumptious pie recipes, each a specialty of a very special lady
- 70 richly rewarding stories, some outrageously funny, some unforgettably moving
- Dozens of practical tips for making perfect pie EASY as pie, even for beginning bakers
- Full-color photos of the pies and nostalgic photos of the pie ladies
- A book that will warm your heart as you warm your kitchen with mouthwatering aromas
About the author
Patty Pinner's first acclaimed book was Sweets: A Collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories. An employee of the U.S. Postal Service, this Saginaw, Michigan resident also works at her family's restaurant in her "spare" time. In Sweety Pies, Patty invites you to sit down at her child-hood kitchen table for a piece of Mama's Deep-Dish Strawberry Rhubarb.
- Table of Contents
A Good Pie Crust 4
Berry Pies 14
Cereal Pies 40
Cream & Custard Pies 62
Fruit Pies 86
Nut & Sweet Vegetable Pies 114
Meringue Pies 142
I made my first pie when I was three years old. To me, the pie was a beautiful little confection that symbolized all good things, because, even then, I was careful to heed the ancient pie-making admonition that the women in my family held onto: only the finest ingredients will do. My pie was made from the freshest mud and tap water available. And I garnished it with rose petals I had collected from the rosebushes my mother meticulously cultivated. My pie symbolized what all good pies do: love and caring.
In fact, the American dessert pie is the ultimate expression of what comfort food, old-fashioned family values, and wholesome living represent. A homemade fruit pie cooling on a window sill is still the American icon of domestic solace and bliss.
When I was growing up in Saginaw, Michigan, a small, Mayberry-like town 90 miles north of Detroit, no matter how good a woman cooked, the true measure of her cooking prowess was determined by the quality of the pies she passed at family dinners and social gatherings. The crusts had to be flaky and browned just right. The fillings had to be rich, moist, and hold the perfect measure of sweetness.
I am a descendant of that generation where a woman's appearance, manner, and domestic prowess were synonymous with her feminine identity. Back then, feminine seduction was an art that women applied to all the levels of their being, even housekeeping. I can still remember how my mother would light a stick of incense and fluff the living room pillows just before my father came home from work, and how she'd offer him a sample of his dinner -- straight from her hands to his waiting mouth. "Does it need anything?" she'd ask, knowing full well that Daddy didn't know a thing about spices.
In our community, a woman who kept a spotless house was given the coveted title: Quite a Homemaker. But a woman whose pies were as beautifully crafted as they were delicious, well, that woman, even though she may have fallen short on a variety of other social graces, was considered a bona fide domestic goddess.
Without question, pies are my favorite dessert. Nothing satisfies my desire for something sweet better than pie. Presented with a choice of fruit or custard, I?d have trouble saying for certain which filling I like best. As long as the crust is tender and flaky, and there's plenty of it, I don't think there's a pie I couldn?t learn to love.
In the same way that I enjoy collecting recipes, I take real pleasure in gathering the stories of the women the recipes belong to. I am a firm believer that what a woman cooks is a window into her womanly personality -- what she thinks, how she behaves, how she feels about herself and the people she cooks for. In that regard, I believe that every woman has her special recipes and that those recipes are attached to stories that reveal the essence of the woman. You can learn a lot about yourself by studying the essences of other women. Therefore, I offer this volume of recipes and womanish observations in the hope that, after reading them, you will be left with more than just a wonderful collection of pies, but also, every time you light your oven, a heightened sense of the power you have when you are a cooking woman.