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

The Pie Lady
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.…

I love to read cookbooks. Cookbooks are not just about the recipes they contain, they are also about the people that create the food, the stories behind a creation, the pictures, the techniques and the tips and tricks that save you so much time when you learn a new recipe. The Pie Lady by Greta Isaac is such a treat because it shares so many stories about everyday ladies that have big impacts on the world around them. You can pick up this cookbook, curl up in a sunny spot and enjoy a great time of reading. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, they are inspirational and memorable. Then when you have gotten your fill of stories for the moment, and are so charged up to create your very own Pie Lady moment you can pick one of the recipes in the book, or continue on with exploring one of your own projects to master.

Maybe I can do a Pie Lady thing today, just today: enjoy the doing, maybe even a great tall stack of it.

This is a great book for any cook to read because there are so many things to learn. Whether it’s techniques to make a certain recipe work (use half and half instead of heavy cream and never let it boil) or old family secrets that make the item special. One story where I learned something, was when a person said “I wish I knew how to make custard”. She is given a recipe and that person told her that she prefers to take the chalazae out of the egg. I had to smile at this story because they admitted that the didn’t know what a chalazae was and when they were alone they googled it. Suddenly I didn’t feel so foolish, because I would have done the same thing! Interestingly enough you find out that it is the two little white things in an egg that anchor the yolk to the shell. Who knew that it had a name! And more importantly, it you remove them your custard will be perfectly smooth. (and yes, the recipe for Rachel’s custard is in the book for you to try out yourself!)

Some of the recipes that you will find in this book are; Poly’s Party Salad, Rhubarb Meringue Pie, Perfect Cinnamon Bread and Iris’s Bestselling Chokecherry Crabapple Jelly. You will have just as much fun making the recipes, as you do reading the stories about why they are included in that Pie Lady’s story. The Pie Lady is a great book to have near when you are looking for some inspiration in life and when you need to be reminded that life can be full of Pie Lady moments.

Disclosure:  Thank you to Herald Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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