From Publishers Weekly
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"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