Patty Pinner's mother had more than 300 cook books. So perhaps it's not surprising that Pinner grew up to cook and to write two cook books.
Her first book "Sweets: A collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories" was a rich mix of memories and stories about her childhood. Now in her second cook book, "Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, With Pie" Pinner shares the recipes she loves best and serves them up with memories of the cooks she knew as a child in Saginaw, Mich. If you like the sound of Miss Dezarae Triplett's Mixed Berry Pie or Miss Claudette Cotton's White Potato Pie, you will love the recipes in this book.
Pinner made her first at the age of three. And pies are still her favorite dessert, she tells us. "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."
Humorous and candid, a cook's memoir, Sweety Pies is filled with entertaining anecdotes about the women in her hometown along with 70 pie recipes. Ultimately it is as much a book about love, relationships, and community as it is about pies.
In Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, With Pie, by Patty Pinner. The Taunton Press, Sept. 18, 2007.