Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit

Lisa Ludwinski. Lorena Jones, $25 (256p) ISBN 978-0-399-57976-9
Ludwinski, founder and owner of the Detroit bakery Sister Pie, delivers a friendly guide for all things related to fillings and crusts, both sweet and savory. She devotes an entire chapter to the art of dough making, providing a classic dough recipe, as well as savory adaptations like aged gouda pie dough. The bulk of the pie recipes are divided into chapters based on seasonal produce. Some entries in the spring and summer chapter include strawberry pistachio crumble pie, apricot raspberry rose galette, and ginger peach biscuit pie. Meanwhile, the fall and winter chapter contains brown butter plum crumble pie, cranberry crumble pie, and minced pear pie. Recipes for savory hand pies are equally impressive, combining flavors like caramelized onion and delicata squash with sage, and apples with cheddar cheese. Ludwinski also includes a cookie chapter that joins sweet and savory flavors such as triple chocolate cookies and salted rosemary shortbread. Complete with photographs, helpful hints like “paperclipping” cherries to remove their pits, and uplifting writing (“You did it! You are now ready to fill the pie”), this book will motivate readers to become their own master pie makers. Agent: Kari Stuart, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/16/2018
Release date: 10/02/2018
Genre: Nonfiction
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