The Pie Lady
Classic Stories from a Mennonite Cook and Her Friends
by Greta Isaac
Pub Date 23 Apr 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.
“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.”
—SUZANNE WOODS FISHER, author of Amish Peace and Anna’s Crossing
“With its luminous profiles of ordinary women in humble kitchens, I expected this would be a good book to read curled in a recliner by an early autumn fire. But I had underestimated the power of the recipe-accompanied stories. Don’t be surprised if Greta 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.”
—SHEILA J. PETRE, author of Thirty Little Fingers
“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.”
—BARBARA CLASSEN, author of Prayers and Peanut Butter