The Pie Lady
Classic Stories from a Mennonite Cook and Her Friends
Published by: MennoMedia
Imprint: Herald Press
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.
“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.”~Sherry Gore, author of The Plain Choice and Me, Myself, and Pie
“Imagine a book that transports you right back to Grandma’s kitchen. . . . The Pie Lady is that kind of a book. Charming stories frame time-trusted recipes, each one worth remembering.”~Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish Peace and Anna’s Crossing
“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
~Barbara Classen, author of Prayers and Peanut Butter
“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.”
“I’m grateful that this book exists. Mennonite foodways are about more than food; they’re connections to family, faith, and history.”~Hannah Faith Notess, author of The Multitude
“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.”~Lucinda J. Miller, author of Anything but Simple