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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; First Printing edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561588482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561588480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this culinary memoir featuring over 50 home-baked pies, Pinner weaves personal stories with recipes for standards such as Apple and Mixed Berry, as well as less common but equally delicious offerings such as Lemon Chess Pie and an ice cream-based Caramel Tin Roof Pie. As in her last, 2003's well-received Sweets: A Collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories, each recipe is accompanied by an anecdote from the author's childhood, giving readers the feeling of being in the kitchen with Pinner as she reflects on family and friendship, drawing from her stories advice on treating loved ones right; however, as none hint at the taste of the dishes they accompany, bakers might find these tales frustrating, especially in regard to lesser-known dishes like Rice Pie and Sister Chestermae Hayes's Apple Butter Pie. Still, those with a soft spot for pies will find a treasure trove of recipes that prove intriguingly left-of-center; tellingly, the opening pie recipe (following a helpful primer on crusts) might be considered heresy by some: a blueberry peach cobbler that calls for 3 cups of blueberry muffin mix. Pinner's point, repeated throughout, is that the time spent in the kitchen with family and friends matters more than "authentic" ingredients or tricky preparation.
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"I'm having a hard time making up my mind which is more delicious--Patty Pinner's glorious words or these heavenly pies! I've read all the words--and now I'm working my way through the pies--I'll get back to you on this asap and I suggest you undertake your own study of this weighty question IMMEDIATELY. This is the PERFECT discussion for book clubs--but don't talk with your mouth full!" --Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen

"Sweety Pies is a beautifully written homage to all that sustains us. Generous, loving, funny, and knowing, this book is indeed 'an uncommon collection.' It is also a blessing and a delight." --Julia Reed, author, Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena

"Sweety Pies is a beautifully written culinary memoir about memory, the bond between recipe givers, and the attitude of women in the kitchen. It celebrates the love and sweetness of family and friends cooking and eating together. Sweety Pies is fresh, new, and hot... so light your oven and enjoy."
--Dr. Vertamae Grosvenor, cultural correspondent, National Public Radio, author and culinary griot

"Patty Pinner gives a new perspective on the inherently luscious, seductive nature of the home-baked pie. Written with generous helpings of wit, wisdom, and sass, this wonderful cookbook captures the magic and poetry of women who share soulfulness and love through their kitchens. If there's such a thing as a sensual cookbook, this is it." --Norma Jean & Carole Darden, authors of Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine


"Some cookbook authors struggle to come up with things to say about their recipes. Not Patty Pinner; her recipes are firmly rooted in delicious stories about thewomen who provided them. Sweety Pies tickled me so much that I called friends and enthusiastically read passages aloud. The womanish observations are every bit as good as the pies." --Sylvia Carter, Newsday

If you find sustenance in the narrative as well as the eating of pie, this is your book. Subtitled "An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, With Pie," the homespun volume tells a story with every recipe. For their creators -- women from author Patty Pinner's life in Saginaw, Mich., -- the pies become potent vehicles of self-expression. Pie fillings range beyond the traditional to incorporate such ingredients as beans, mandarin oranges, grits and rice --The Baltimore Sun

"Patty Pinner's new cookbook delivers dollop after dollop of womanly wisdom along with a slice of pie. In Sweety Pies she invites the reader into her kitchen and into the arms of the women in her life - Mama, the postmistress, Aunt Helen, Cousin Gwendolyn. Pinner, a postal worker who lives in Saginaw, Mich., describes herself as a "descendant of that generation where a woman's appearance, manner and domestic prowess were synonymous with her feminine identity." The best homemakers were those who kept a spotless house and could crimp a crust and bake a pie as beautifully as Martha Stewart. She introduces these women in the stories leading to each recipe. These snapshots of a bygone era make it difficult to decide what to do first: read about the women who influenced Pinner or get out the flour and shortening and bake a pie. Throughout the stories arethe "golden nuggets of female truth" that Pinner's mother dispensed - "a man hates to be ignored" or "Sweet talk can't buy rice." --The Hartford Courant
"Patty Pinner's Sweety Pies' offers simple, appealing pies with a hearty side of womanish observations' -- the sort of tales that often involve baking for and from the heart and people with names such as Chestermae and Miss Mattie. Her Redemption Hazelnut Pie was amazingly sweet and nutty. The book also contains many unusual pies, such as Sister Shirley Woo

Customer Reviews

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I absolutely love the pie crust recipe, even after trying others, it is still my favorite.
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Older women can affirm the warm stories and advice.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By NuJoi VINE VOICE on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! Every woman should gift this to a young lady in her life. The book is not only filled with wonderful recipes, but what makes it so special are the stories that accompany the recipes. This book is worth it for the womanly wisdom alone.

The pies are very varied - there's even a section on cereal pies! The piecrust recipe included at the beginning of the book is a nice all-purpose crust. I like the decorating suggestions. Previously, I thought there were only two ways to decorate a piecrust.

I think this book is a wonderful way to connect to the women in your life. Older women can affirm the warm stories and advice. For younger women, it's almost a rights-of-passage book. I will share this book with the women in my family.

About the pies. I tried "Sister Baby's buttermilk Pie." It is good. The recipe was clear and easy to follow. I won't make every pie in the book, but there are a few more I'd like to try.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sir Angus on October 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this because I'm so fond of the author's first book -- and, if anything, love this one even more. All of the recipes are warmly written, prefaced by descriptions of where they came from, and why they're so wonderful -- and they're written with sufficient clarity to virtually guarantee success. Both of Ms. Pinner's books are like that -- and indispensable for any collection. I have never been anything but thrilled with any of her recipes, all of which garner raves from my guests. Don't miss this one!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jbeau on February 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just made a very disappointing recipe from this book....Mary Lawrence's Peaches and Cream Pie. It was a disaster. I was very deliberate with my ingredients, especially when baking, and I checked this recipe again and again to be sure I followed the recipe as written. The recipe says to bake about 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. I follow it to the T, and the ingredients just don't solidify or gel as suggested in the recipe. Instead it's a runny mess. I even tried leaving it bake for 10 minutes at a time at least 3 times -- 30 extra minutes total - and it's still runny! The book is a delightful read and has wonderful stories, but so far that's all it is for me. The one recipe I tried was a pie in the face!!! Hey, maybe Mary Lawrence wasn't ready to part with her REAL recipe...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mouth-wateringly illustrated with showcase quality color photography, "Sweety Pies: an Uncommon Collection Of Womanish Observations, With Pie" is a compendium that combines outstanding recipes for a variety of impressive pies with anecdotal commentaries by Patty Pinner about the women with whom many of these recipes are associated. The recipes are arranged in chapters for Berry Pies; Cereal Pies; Cream & Custard Pies; Fruit Pies; Nut & Sweet Vegetable Pies; and Meringue Pies. Of special note is the beginning chapter dedicated to the culinary subject pie crusts. From Dexarae Triplett's Mixed Berry Pie; Carlean's Sweet Potato-Coconut Custard Pie; Sister Chestermae Hayes's Apple Butter Pie; and Benita's Any Flavor Cobbler; to Mayor Ham's Brown Sugar Peach Pie; Alberta Beasley's Decadent Pecan Pie; Mamma's Zucchini Cobbler; and Daddy's Mother's Blueberry Meringue Pie, "Sweety Pies" is a thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' and very highly recommended addition to any family or community library cookbook collection.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Venita J. White on October 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I learned about this book after reading an excerpt in a magazine. Since receiving the book from Amazon, I cannot put it down. I don't which I like best the recipes or the stories. The book has a wonderful selection of unusual pies that I had no knowledge existed. I tried a few of the cereal pies and they were great.

I love this book!

Ms. V
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah O. on December 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this cookbook during the summer and have since made several of the pies in this book. Prior to buying this book I had never made a pie, but I now create my own pies. The recipes in the book are highly accessible and easy to follow. I have made several of the pies in here for my family and friends, and they have loved all of them. I absolutely love the pie crust recipe, even after trying others, it is still my favorite. My favorites so far have been the strawberry rhubarb pie, and May Ham's peach pie, which I served with fresh blueberry ice cream at 4th of July (none of it made it home from the party). I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning to make pies.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tierney Cockburn on November 5, 2007
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A wonderful collection of pie recipes, traditions and storytelling. I've tried a few of the recipes with successful results. "Sherry's Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie" and "Walnut Raisin Pie from Elizabethtown" are two of my favorites. Patty Pinner's collection of interesting pies is worth having if you're an avid pie baker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By June Minick on February 24, 2009
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Wonderful companion to her book Sweets. Lovely read, great recipes, fantastic gift and a must for your own kitchen library. What a wonderful childhood she was given.
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