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Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Country Pies and Womanish Observations

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    I loved this book too!

    I just thoroughly enjoyed this book! The authored did a wonderful job of bringing to life and sharing her family, friends and acquaintances--through pie!

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    I love this Book!

    My husband gave me this book for my birthday a couple of years ago and it got me addicted to pie baking. My favorite recipes (so far) are the "Cousin Eunice's Grated Carrot Pie" (it's custardy like a Pumpkin Pie, only made with carrots) and the "Old-Time Chocolate Meringue Pie" (which I also make with a graham cracker crust).

    Besides the great recipes, this book is also an entertaining read. With each recipe Ms. Pinner includes a little anticdote about the recipe's author (a friend or family member) and her advice on men (how to get them, how to keep them, etc.) I've read this book cover to cover, which I can't say I've done with any other cookbook.

    I love this book so much, my husband just bought me her other book for Christmas, "Sweets", which is also entaining in the same way. I've only had a chance to dip my nose into that book (and it's recipes), which has stories and recipes from her grandmother, My My, and family.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    A mouthwatering combination of memoirs and great Southern pies

    Patty Pinner, author of the phenomenal Sweets: Soul Food Desserts & Memories, grew up in a large African-American family that had relocated to Michigan from the South. In Sweety Pies, she collects 70 recipes for various kinds of pies, including fruit, nut, cereal, cream and custard, sweet vegetable, and meringue. Like any good cook, she begins with the basics: an in-depth primer on basic pie crusts with step-by-step instructions for single and double pie crusts, sweet tart crust, how to prebake your pie crust, and a detailed guide (complete with photographs) on decorative crimped edges (flagged edge, pinched, rope, scalloped, lattice top) and finishing your pie (polished top and pie toppers). <BR/><BR/>But Patty's heartwarming stories of the lives behind the pie recipes nearly upstages the cookbook function; lavishly illustrated with vintage black-and-white photos, the sassy, classy women in Patty's young life growing up in Saginaw dominate the pages with a take-no-nonsense attitude, from a jilted wife who one-ups her man by attracting interest from other men until her husband begs to come home, to the glamorous lives of some of her neighbors like Miss Dezarae in her diamonds and mink coats, to her Mama's own quiet strength and legendary talent in the kitchen. The pie recipes are almost an afterthought from the depths of these snapshots in time. <BR/><BR/>The pie recipes are simple and clearly explained, although the recipe format is a little unorthodox since the memoirs take center stage (the recipes wrap along the bottom of the memoirs). Sure, there are common recipes such as strawberry rhubarb, apple pie, pecan pie, and sweet potato, but there are some fascinating recipes born of thriftiness, such as Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes pies, white potato pie (basically, mashed potatoes), Orange Tang pie, and a navy bean custard pie. There are also some divine and unexpected pairings such as the coconut pumpkin, apple meringue, and peanut butter cream that are revelations. <BR/><BR/>The recipes call for simple, normal household ingredients, so you won't find yourself running off to specialty stores or health food stores trying to track down rarities as with some cookbooks. This is soul food at its best: a warm, sugary blend of fruit, sugar, gossip, and most of all, love, that is a heartwarming gift for any young woman in your life, especially those who are starting out in their own kitchens and looking for a little friendly guidance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Country Pies and Womanish Observations

    This is the first cookbook that I've actually taken to bed and read like a novel. Such a thought provoking cookbook. Every mother ought to gift this book to her daughter(s).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Country Pies and Womanish Observations

    Patty Pinner is the most talented story teller and recipe chronicler. Her cookbooks go way beyond just giving out recipes. The stories that accompany each recipe make you feel the spirit of the dish and of the woman whose recipe it belongs to. Patty's cookbooks are sensual, thought-provoking, and sources of wonderful recipes and womanly advice. I can't wait to see what she does next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    Simply The Best!

    From the beginning, I couldn't put this exceptional book down. One minute I was perusing through the mouthwatering pie recipes and the next, I was reading one of the beguiling womanly stories that head up each recipe. This is a grown woman's cookbook for sure, and I absolutely love it. Patty Pinner is the reigning cookbook diva!! nobody can give a recipe the way Patty can.

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