Patty Pinner’s new cookbook, Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, with Pie, puts a gender-specific spin on the art of pie-baking. Pinner writes:
I’m convinced that you can learn a lot about a woman based on what she feeds herself and the people she loves; a woman’s recipes—especially her prized recipes—are a revelation of who the woman is: what she thinks, how she behaves, what she values, and how she lives her life.
The same statement could apply to a man who loves to cook, but this particular book is all about the ladies. According to the Hartford Courant:
Pinner, a postal worker who lives in Saginaw, Mich., describes herself as a ‘descendant of that generation where a woman’s appearance, manner and domestic prowess were synonymous with her feminine identity.’
In other words, Sweety Pies harks back to a time that was either charming or oppressive, depending where you stand on feminism. The book includes pie-baking and man-handling tips, but if you’re a single lady who doesn’t have time to make her own pie crusts—or a baker-man who takes offense to the idea that pie-making is women’s work—it probably isn’t for you.
On the other hand, if you side with the sentiments of South Park’s Eric Cartman and agree that women of the world should “get back in the kitchen and bake some pie,” Sweety Pies just might be the perfect addition to your cookbook collection.