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The Pie Lady

Classic Stories from a Mennonite Cook and Her Friends
The Pie Lady

By author: Greta Isaac
Product Code: 80421
ISBN: 9781513804217
Pages: 200
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 4/5/2019

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What is a Pie Lady moment?

For one family, it’s breakfast on the patio. For another, it’s Mom serving up creamy chicken and noodles. These are Pie Lady moments: times of goodness and glamour in the middle of ordinary days.

In The Pie Lady, Mennonite homemaker Greta Isaac ushers readers into the kitchens of Velda, Shyla, and other Pie Ladies as they whip up confections and concoctions that please the mouth and nourish the soul. Fans of Ruth Reichl, Sherry Gore, and Ree Drummond will love Isaacs’ intimate, delectable writing. Home cooks will love the recipes that appear in each chapter.

Maybe you drop grapefruit slices in a glass of water. Maybe you brown the gravy and salt it from eighteen inches up. (Forget for now the sink full of dishes.) Each cook has her own Pie Lady moments. Each has a story to tell.

Hear straight from Amish and Mennonite people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press.

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Review by: Sherry Gore - February 12, 2019
“With sweet slices of nostalgia, The Pie Lady feeds the soul. This is some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read. If you buy only one book this year, make it this one.”
Review by: Suzanne Woods Fisher - February 12, 2019
“Imagine a book that transports you right back to Grandma’s kitchen, listening to cooking tips and advice as she rolls out a circle of pie dough. The Pie Lady is that kind of a book. Charming stories frame time-trusted recipes, each one worth remembering. Buy two of these: one for you, one for a friend.”
Review by: Sheila Petre - February 12, 2019
“With its luminous profiles of ordinary women in humble kitchens, The Pie Lady would be a good book to read curled up in a recliner by an early autumn fire. But I had underestimated the power of the recipe-accompanied stories. Don’t be surprised if Isaac’s descriptions of food preparation and presentation compel you to the kitchen, as they did me, to craft and share your own Pie Lady moments.”
Review by: Barbara Classen - February 12, 2019
“The Pie Lady warms, relaxes, and comforts. It’s not only about cooking. When you’re done reading the stories of these thirty-two Pie Ladies, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve learned about living life.”
Review by: Hannah Notess - February 12, 2019
“I’m grateful that this book exists. Mennonite foodways are about more than food; they’re connections to family, faith, and history. These stories bring the people behind the recipes to life, alongside many tasty and comforting dishes.”
Review by: Lucinda Miller - February 12, 2019
“Why merely make a pie when you could make a pie and a story at the same time? In The Pie Lady, Greta Isaac does exactly that, weaving simple stories of simple lives with the mouthwatering recipes of the women who lived them. She has a gift for making everyday things beautiful and showcasing the love of ordinary women. After all, if all it takes to make you happy is ‘a pink petunia or a perfect loaf of bread—then it’s easy to be rich and happy, and the world belongs to you.’ I am a storyteller, not a cook, but after reading this book, I wanted to go out to the kitchen and start mixing. Every recipe in it is meaningful because every recipe has a story.”

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