Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-hearted Bakery in Detroit — By Lisa Ludwinski

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New York Times: One of the Three Best Baking Books of 2018

“Lisa Ludwinski’s Sister Pie is everything you want in a pie cookbook: careful directions, baker’s secret tips, inspired combinations (apricot-raspberry-rose, strawberry-pistachio) and a you-can-do-it attitude.”


“Spend five minutes with this book and you will want to befriend author Lisa Ludwinski. The book, like the Detroit bakery it’s named for, celebrates community spirit, a serious love of baking, and a playfulness (Ludwinski hosted a 24-hour dance party to raise funds to open the bakery).

Pies are organized here by season and are anything but ho hum, with options like blueberry plum balsamic pie and cardamom squash tahini pie.”

— Food & Wine

“Eater’s own national critic Bill Addison says Detroit’s Sister Pie is the best pie shop in the U.S. This fact would be reason enough to order Sister Pie’s first cookbook, a gorgeously photographed and honestly written account of one team’s dedication to flaky pie crust, seasonal fruit, and unique pie-adjacent pastries. But the recipes will also appeal to bakers looking for new inspiration.”


“Lisa Ludwinski, who honed her baking skills at Milk Bar and Four and Twenty Blackbirds in New York before opening her bakery in Detroit, has filled Sister Pie with 75 thrilling pie recipes, like blueberry-plum balsamic, toasted-marshmallow butterscotch and malted lime.

For the anxious pie maker, she includes detailed instructions that are mercifully easy to follow. But it’s not all pies: Thirty recipes for equally adventurous baked goods (peanut butter-smoked paprika cookies, rhubarb blondies) round out this bursting-at-the-seams book.”

– NEW YORK TIMES (Best Fall Cookbooks)

“ I’ve often made the three-hour trip to Detroit just to bring back pies from Sister Pie. Lisa Ludwinski’s crust is magic. But Sister Pie isn’t just about the baked goods and pie (even though it’s the best pie I’ve ever had). It’s about the community of the kitchen, the neighborhood, and the incredible city of Detroit. Get the book, make the pie, and let Lisa’s story and optimism inspire you.”

— Jeni Britton Bauer, cofounder of Jeni’s and author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

“ This isn’t just a book of Sister Pie’s best recipes, it’s a testament to what happens when you build a business that has more than one bottom line. This is a book about a community and about how sustaining community can be so sweet (. . . and savory).”

— Julia Turshen, author of Now & Again, Feed the Resistance, and Small Victories

“We’d visit Detroit just to eat at this pie shop.”

— Bon Appetit

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

At Sister Pie, Lisa Ludwinski (think Milk Bar and Four and Twenty Blackbirds!) 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.

Yuuuuuuum all the way around!


Format: New, Hardcover

Published: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Random House

ISBN:  9780399579769

Pages: 245

Dimensions: 10" inches H x 1" inche D x 7.50" inches W 

Weight: 2.10 pounds before shipping

Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

Lisa Ludwinski Sister Pie


From Lisa:

"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."

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