Sister Pie

The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit [A Baking Book]

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A bursting-with-personality cookbook from Sister Pie, the boutique bakery that's making Detroit more delicious every day.

“Everything you want in a pie cookbook: careful directions, baker’s secret tips, inspired combinations, and a you-can-do-it attitude.”—Chicago Tribune

IACP AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE

At Sister Pie, Lisa Ludwinski and her band of sister bakers are helping make Detroit sweeter one slice at a time from a little corner pie shop in a former beauty salon on the city’s east side. The granddaughter of two Detroit natives, Ludwinski spends her days singing, dancing, and serving up a brand of pie love that has charmed critics and drawn the curious from far and wide. No one leaves without a slice—those who don’t have money in their pockets can simply cash in a prepaid slice from the “pie it forward” clothesline strung across the window. With 75 of her most-loved recipes for sweet and savory pies—such as Toasted Marshmallow-Butterscotch Pie and Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pie—and other bakeshop favorites, the Sister Pie cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit. Illustrated throughout with 75 drool-worthy photos and Ludwinski’s charming line illustrations, and infused with her plucky, punny style, bakers and bakery lovers won’t be able to resist this book.

Under the Cover

An excerpt from Sister Pie

PROLOGUE

I’m Lisa Louise Ludwinski, the owner of Sister Pie and the author of this book. I wrote this manuscript over the course of one year, sending out recipes to testers each month and camping out at my computer whenever I wasn’t at the bakery. As it turns out, I’m at the bakery a lot. I struggled and stressed to find time. Even when I could pull myself away, I couldn’t shift gears. My creativity and focus were at an all-time low. “How’s the cookbook going?” would throw me into a dual state of panic and denial. I’d either stammer complete gibberish in reply or launch into a spoken novel, almost certainly leaving the inquirer wishing they’d kept quiet. I began to resent the project and cursed myself for not waiting five more years, by which time things would almost certainly have settled down. (Don’t quote me on that.) Finally, I decided to do the unthinkable: take one month off. I knew that if I could physically remove myself from the daily operations of the bakery, I could make my deadline. Thankfully, the fourteen other women who run Sister Pie were up for the task of covering the day to day without me.

I’m grateful for this opportunity to capture and preserve the spirit of our young, wide-eyed pie shop, reflect on our beginnings and experience, and share the joy, terror, and confidence I’ve found through repetition and improvisation in the kitchen. I’ve written these recipes in the hope that they will inspire you, through the whimsy and heart conveyed on the pages, to run into your kitchen and bake pie (and more) for the people you love. Make this book a familiar friend—if you’re anything like me, the pages will become stained with cherry juice, made sticky from spilled maple syrup, and be dog-eared, creased, and doodled on.

- About the author -

LISA LUDWINSKI is the owner and head baker at Sister Pie, which she started out of her parents’ kitchen. Before opening the shop, she trained at Milk Bar and Four and Twenty Blackbirds in New York and Brooklyn, respectively. She has been featured widely in national press, including a six-page feature in Bon Appétit, has twice been a semifinalist for a James Beard award, and makes the pies for Shake Shack’s Detroit location.

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