Sweets: Soul Food Desserts and Memoriesby Patty Pinner
Growing up in a large African-American family in a small town in Michigan, Patty Pinner spent her childhood helping the women of the house-the Queens of Soul Food-whip up the sweet treats that crowned family dinners, neighborhood gatherings, and church socials. In SWEETS, Patty shares her family's stories, maxims, and magical desserts, many named after family
Growing up in a large African-American family in a small town in Michigan, Patty Pinner spent her childhood helping the women of the house-the Queens of Soul Food-whip up the sweet treats that crowned family dinners, neighborhood gatherings, and church socials. In SWEETS, Patty shares her family's stories, maxims, and magical desserts, many named after family members like Cud'n Daisy, Aint Sug, and My My, her beloved grandmother. Part recipe book, part family history, this sweet-as-can-be cookbook is a heartfelt tribute to women who ruled the home and the kitchen with their wisdom, hearts, and cooking.
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Meet the Author
PATTY PINNER was raised in a large extended family in Saginaw, Michigan. In between earning her master’s degree in education and working for the USPS as a training and development specialist, Patty makes time to work at her family’s restaurant, Ern’s Seafood Restaurant. Patty lives in eastern Michigan.
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0I purchased this book after reading a number of reviews. I read this book in a day and tried the Lemon Meringue Pie the next day. This book is to die for and I have about 50 cookbooks by numerous author's. I cried when I read the last chapter. So many of Patty's family members were deceased but she brought them back along with their stories of family and friends when she would cook a favorite cake or pie. I loved the beautiful conversations of wisdom and life. It reminded me of my mother and father sister's, aunts and cousins. My father and two uncle's died within three months of each other last year. I remember one of my father's favorite cakes was Jelly Roll Cake 'it's in the book'. He would lather a yellow cake with jelly and sprinkle it with a huge helping of coconut. 'Patty's cake looks better and I will certainly sample it.' He would have been jealous. My one uncle loved any type of cake or pie and it was a joy to hear him say, hmmmm after the first bite and see the crumbs over his pants and the floor. I will teach my grandchildren the art of cooking, talking, loving and especially laughing through some of these beloved old time recipes Patty so cleverly weaved for us. Now, I would like a book on good home cooking, such as, good chicken and beef gravies, beans, hot water cornbread, butter rolls, greens and fried chicken. I know you can do it...
It's worth the price just for the stories. The recipes are just an added bonus. A must buy.
Patty Pinner, author of the recent Sweety Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, with Pie, revisits the sweet desserts of her childhood in her first book Sweets, along with memories of growing up in Saginaw and of her family from Mississippi. The book is graced with vintage black-and-white snapshots of the author and her family (she has the most captivating, confident smile as a little girl) that illustrate the many down-home, Southern soul food staples: puddings, cobblers, pies, rich cakes, homemade candy, cookies, and ice cream. But the stories nearly upstage the desserts: tales of fanatically clean relatives, childhood birthday parties, the mysterious lives of grownups, and the lives of various family members intertwine with the comforting desserts of a Southern legacy (pecans, molasses, coconut and brown sugar all have starring roles).
Some of the more unusual offerings include a Dr. Pepper cake (there's Dr. Pepper in both the cake and the frosting; it adds moistness, similar to a Coca-Cola cake), a sweet potato cheesecake, a lemon rum cake, and recipes born from thrift, such as butter bean pie, mashed potato and bean fudges, and little of nothing pie (milk, sugar, flour, vanilla, butter and cinnamon).
The ingredients are items that are probably sitting in your pantry or cabinets right now, so there's no reason not to give some of these wonderful heirloom recipes a try; why not sample some old-fashioned walnut-raisin pie, black walnut brittle, old-fashioned sweet potato pone, or a slice of walnut wonder cake? If you like homemade candy, there are many recipes for nut brittles (black walnut, cashew, peanut), peanut butter candy, and pralines. Ditto on homemade ice cream: you'll find soothing favorites such as banana, an intense lemon, peach, strawberry, and vanilla ice creams, along with some tantalizing sauces (rum sauce, caramel wine syrup).
Honestly, even if you never try a single recipe, this is a beautiful tribute to family, soul food, and a snapshot of Saginaw in the 1950s-60s. Pinner's writing style is engaging and friendly, and you'll find yourself happily crowded around her family's dinner table swapping gossip with her various female relatives as you try to decide which dessert to sample first.
This cookbook made me feel as if I were sitting at the dinner table with Patty Pinner's family, laughing and talking and listening to one of her wise grandmother's maxims about womanhood...and asking for a second helping. It was such a good feeling. I love books that make me feel good.
returned book found a few recipes I would try but not enough to keep book; got tired of all the narrative