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The official tie-in to Broadway's hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for 3 dozen of the show's most evocative and delicious pies. In the cult classic movie-turned-Broadway production, the eternally optimistic protagonist of Waitress expresses her hopes, dreams, fears, and frustrations through the whimsically named pies she bakes each morning. Sugar, Butter, Flour The official tie-in to Broadway's hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for 3 dozen of the show's most evocative and delicious pies. In the cult classic movie-turned-Broadway production, the eternally optimistic protagonist of Waitress expresses her hopes, dreams, fears, and frustrations through the whimsically named pies she bakes each morning. Sugar, Butter, Flour celebrates this art of baking from the heart, with foolproof and flavorful pies for seduction, pies for mending a broken heart, pies for celebrating new beginnings and pies for all the little milestones that come afterwards. Taking its inspiration from the iconic mile-high pies of the diner case, Sugar, Butter, Flour offers an array of showstopping pies, each with a twist that puts it over the top; from rum-spiked cookie crusts to hidden layers of passion fruit preserves, these are familiar favorites with hidden depths. The ideal gift for anyone who has ever eaten her feelings or baked away the blues, Sugar, Butter, Flour proves there's a perfect pie for every occasion - and that everything looks better with pie.


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The official tie-in to Broadway's hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for 3 dozen of the show's most evocative and delicious pies. In the cult classic movie-turned-Broadway production, the eternally optimistic protagonist of Waitress expresses her hopes, dreams, fears, and frustrations through the whimsically named pies she bakes each morning. Sugar, Butter, Flour The official tie-in to Broadway's hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for 3 dozen of the show's most evocative and delicious pies. In the cult classic movie-turned-Broadway production, the eternally optimistic protagonist of Waitress expresses her hopes, dreams, fears, and frustrations through the whimsically named pies she bakes each morning. Sugar, Butter, Flour celebrates this art of baking from the heart, with foolproof and flavorful pies for seduction, pies for mending a broken heart, pies for celebrating new beginnings and pies for all the little milestones that come afterwards. Taking its inspiration from the iconic mile-high pies of the diner case, Sugar, Butter, Flour offers an array of showstopping pies, each with a twist that puts it over the top; from rum-spiked cookie crusts to hidden layers of passion fruit preserves, these are familiar favorites with hidden depths. The ideal gift for anyone who has ever eaten her feelings or baked away the blues, Sugar, Butter, Flour proves there's a perfect pie for every occasion - and that everything looks better with pie.

30 review for Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    As a cookbook full of pies the book isn't bad. Compared to the movie though, there are some pies missing or not as described in the movie. I haven't seen the musical yet, so it could be those pies are missing from the stage version. For example, where's the Spanish dancer pie, the fallin in love chocolate mousse pie, kick in the pants pie? In the movie "Bad Baby Pie" or "I don't want Earl's baby" pie is a quiche, in the cookbook its a vinegar pie. Overall, it's not bad, just not what I was expect As a cookbook full of pies the book isn't bad. Compared to the movie though, there are some pies missing or not as described in the movie. I haven't seen the musical yet, so it could be those pies are missing from the stage version. For example, where's the Spanish dancer pie, the fallin in love chocolate mousse pie, kick in the pants pie? In the movie "Bad Baby Pie" or "I don't want Earl's baby" pie is a quiche, in the cookbook its a vinegar pie. Overall, it's not bad, just not what I was expecting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This year I am trying to get through these recipes, so I will be back with an update once I am finished. I have made 6 pies so far. I have made some modifications (for the savory pies) since I stopped eating meat at beginning of the year. I might try to transition to just being a weekday vegetarian eventually but not anytime soon. I love the nostalgia of the movie/musical with the creative recipe titles and blurbs at the beginning of each one. It's amazing what baking can do. This year I am trying to get through these recipes, so I will be back with an update once I am finished. I have made 6 pies so far. I have made some modifications (for the savory pies) since I stopped eating meat at beginning of the year. I might try to transition to just being a weekday vegetarian eventually but not anytime soon. I love the nostalgia of the movie/musical with the creative recipe titles and blurbs at the beginning of each one. It's amazing what baking can do.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I saw Waitress on Broadway back in October and I have been OBSESSED ever since. This is such a fun cookbook, devoted to the pies Jenna makes throughout the show. Can't wait to try some of these! Big ups to my husband who got this for me for my birthday! I saw Waitress on Broadway back in October and I have been OBSESSED ever since. This is such a fun cookbook, devoted to the pies Jenna makes throughout the show. Can't wait to try some of these! Big ups to my husband who got this for me for my birthday!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    If there are two things in this world I adore, it’ll be musical theatre and pies. So while the Waitress movie never interested me, I’ve watched my bootleg of the new Waitress musical about a hundred times. And I found myself sighing between songs about how much I’d love to have a way to make some of the creatively named pies from the show. BOOM, BABY! Sugar, Butter, Flour is a compilation of recipes for pies inspired by the ones in the stage show (either off the menu board or mentioned in the If there are two things in this world I adore, it’ll be musical theatre and pies. So while the Waitress movie never interested me, I’ve watched my bootleg of the new Waitress musical about a hundred times. And I found myself sighing between songs about how much I’d love to have a way to make some of the creatively named pies from the show. BOOM, BABY! Sugar, Butter, Flour is a compilation of recipes for pies inspired by the ones in the stage show (either off the menu board or mentioned in the script, such as the Betrayed by My Eggs Pie which is a quick gag in the show and a huevos rancheros pie in the book). The recipes are by Sheri Castle and the writing is by Daniel Gercke, but the book claims to be written by Jenna Hunterson, the main character of the show who’s just ‘proud as punch to have been the inspiration’ for Waitress . I’d almost fallen for the ‘Jenna Hunterson is a real person’ thing until a bit of investigating found the Penguin Random House profile of the 'author' that had that line. ‘Pleased as punch’? Really? Waitress is about a woman who cheats on her abusive husband with her married gynecologist. What part of that are you pleased to share with millions of people? The part where your ex-husband and your doctor slapped you with defamation lawsuits as soon as the movie came out? It was an odd marketing choice to make but, whatever, the pies look great and that’s the important thing. And ‘great’ is an understatement. Evan Sung did a great job with the photographs and any shots of a person makes sure they’re dressed in ‘Jenna’s’ waitress uniform to keep the theme going. The pie names are cute and clever and the blurbs before each recipe do a decent job tying them into the show. Special props goes to including the opening lyrics to What Baking Can Do at the beginning of the book. The song is sung by Jenna and explains how she uses baking to push away her worries and disappointments ‘and leave them on someone else’s plate for a while’. It’s an interesting choice and one that doesn’t exactly fit the cheerful colors and recipes of the book, but it’s a sentiment I can get behind and one of my favorite songs in the show. CLARITY: The instructions are simple and clear, the titles and recipes are easy to read and I haven’t found any with missing steps, and there’s a picture for each recipe. My main concern is that it’s a little difficult to find specific pies without resorting to the index, as the table of contents has the chapters but not the pages of the pies themselves. It makes it more difficult to find specific pies, but there’s nothing wrong with doing things this way so I’m only going to knock off a half star. The whole star comes off with something much more troublesome; how you don't necessarily have indication of how the finished pie will taste. Is it smooth? Are there contrasting flavors? Is it bitter, sour, sharp? Is it very sweet? There were even many cases where I couldn't tell from the title or blurb what was even in the pie until I read the ingredient list. HUMAN INTEREST: It’s hard to judge this since Jenna Hunterson isn’t actually real, therefore none of the stories she shares are either, but none of the recipe blurbs have anything personal to add and some so heavily reference the show that they're a little silly. They’re cute and somewhat helpful, so I’ll round it down to two stars. It would have been a middle score of three and a half, but that ‘pleased as punch' line was just so stupid that it ruined whatever illusion the book might have created. MAKES ME WANT TO COOK: I decided to treat myself to a batch of pie cookbooks for Christmas, and the moment this one showed up in the mail I’d been revving my engines and stocking my cupboards so I could crack it open Christmas morning and whip up something pretty for dinner. Look at how beautiful that cover is! And the rest of the book if full of equally vibrant and appetizing pictures (one per recipe, halleluiah!). Even Old Joe’s Horny Past Pie (Southern tomato pie) looks appetizing, and I detest tomatoes. It looses a half point for the problems under the CLARITY section, which also effected this section. It's hard to want to cook something when the first impression tells you nothing. OTHER ASPECTS: A star for including the lyrics from What Baking Can Do, just because I’m a fan of the show and the song and I’m probably going to go to this book next time I start stress baking. THE VERDICT? It’s a welcome addition to my shelves and the first pie book I grabbed to read when I finally got to open my Christmas gifts, but it's also one I can see myself getting fed up with quickly as I search my pie books for specific flavors. I'd say it's best for a library borrow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shamekia

    Not gonna lie, I haven't made time to try any of these recipes, but I plan to! There are few pies from the movie, that are missing. I wanted to see recipes for "Falling in Love" and "I Hate my Husband" pie. I think it's cute that they list "Jenna Hunterson" as the author. Unfortunately, all the blurbs before each recipe don't really sound like Jenna from the movie. The voice is slightly inconsistent. This is a really nerdy point to bring up about a cookbook, but I've watched Waitress more times t Not gonna lie, I haven't made time to try any of these recipes, but I plan to! There are few pies from the movie, that are missing. I wanted to see recipes for "Falling in Love" and "I Hate my Husband" pie. I think it's cute that they list "Jenna Hunterson" as the author. Unfortunately, all the blurbs before each recipe don't really sound like Jenna from the movie. The voice is slightly inconsistent. This is a really nerdy point to bring up about a cookbook, but I've watched Waitress more times than I can count. Jenna is humble, middle-america, and sassy. Whoever wrote this didn't do a complete job of translating Jenna's character to this book. Yes, I am nerd. Deal.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    The peach pie and the lemon meringue pie were hits! I can’t wait to try out more recipes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brit McGinnis

    A brilliantly clear cookbook with insight on BASIC pie skills (which some of us always need), plus lots of great ideas about how to remix the classics.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina Vourcos

    Reading this book was the most fun I’ve ever had reading a cookbook. I can’t wait to make these pies. It’s wonderful to read after watching the Broadway musical. You must read it while listening to the songs. I’m planning to listen to the songs when I make the pies. Which one to do first, that’s going to be a tough decision.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    A few months ago I had the great joy to see Jessie Mueller in the Broadway musical Waitress, based on the movie of the same name written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, an unhappily married waitress in a small town with an amazing ability to create delicious pies based on what she is feeling at the moment. It is a teriffic show, filled with wonderful songs by singer Sara Barielles, with a good book and a great ensemble. As I was watching the show, I was thinking, wow, t A few months ago I had the great joy to see Jessie Mueller in the Broadway musical Waitress, based on the movie of the same name written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, an unhappily married waitress in a small town with an amazing ability to create delicious pies based on what she is feeling at the moment. It is a teriffic show, filled with wonderful songs by singer Sara Barielles, with a good book and a great ensemble. As I was watching the show, I was thinking, wow, these pies sound so great, I'd love to be able to make them myself. (They sell mini pies in a small jar at the theater.) Cue the new cookbook from Pam Krauss Books/Avery- Sugar Butter Flour- The Waitress Pie Book. The book is credited to the character Jenna Hunterson, but the recipes are actually by Sheri Castle, with the text by Daniel Gercke and photographs by Evan Sung. The book begins with Jenna's Rules for Baking (and Life), with helpful tips for those of us to whom pie crusts are a puzzle (guilty). Then we get right into the pies, starting with Fruit Pies like Sweet Victory Pie (a cherry pie), Banish the Glum Plum Galettes, and Big Guy Strawberry Pie, topped with a basil whipped cream. The photos are gorgeous, and I like the layout. It begins with an explanation, then lists the ingredients in bold in the middle of the page, making it easy for you to write your grocery list from this. The instructions follow, along with tips and a color photo of each pie. The Savory Pie section has some fabulous pies, like Betrayed by My Eggs Pie (chorizo, eggs and butter), My Husband's a Jerk Chicken Potpie (chicken with peppers and onions- my husband will love this one) and Old Joe's Horny Past Pie (a traditional Southern tomato pie). The Chocolate and Nut Pies section has the most creative-named pies- I Wanna Play Doctor With My Gynocologist Chocolate Mousse Pie, and I Can't Have An Affair Because It's Wrong (and I Don't Want Earl To Kill Me) Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake Pie- among them. The last section is titled Lulus: Blue-Ribbon Winners. Lulus are are showstopper pies, and here you'll find Deep-Dish Blueberry-Bacon Pie (described as a "perfect diner breakfast all cozied up in a slice of pie"), Mermaid Mashmallow Pie (like an ambrosia salad in a pie) and Thanks For Taking Me To The Moon Peanut Butter MoonPie Pie (peanut butter cream topped with marshmallow whipped cream and MoonPies). If you are a pie baker or you want to be, Sugar Butter Flour is a book you will want to have on your shelf. I'm pretty sure my brand spanking-new copy will soon be covered in sugar, flour and butter very soon as I attempt to make my husband these luscious dessert treats. And if you are a fan of the film or Broadway show Waitress or know someone who is, this is a must-have.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teddy

    Cute. Picked this up because of the movie. Can still hear their voices.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Moment of truth: I didn't bake any of these pies yet. But I did read through the whole book, and it's pretty fun. Be aware that the cookbook is based on the pies from the musical, not the movie. There were a few recipes from the movie I was really hoping to see and didn't--that's not a bad thing, just telling you so you're aware. There were a couple of people who complained about thinking Jenna was a real person, which is silly. The title page has the real author's name as the author of the reci Moment of truth: I didn't bake any of these pies yet. But I did read through the whole book, and it's pretty fun. Be aware that the cookbook is based on the pies from the musical, not the movie. There were a few recipes from the movie I was really hoping to see and didn't--that's not a bad thing, just telling you so you're aware. There were a couple of people who complained about thinking Jenna was a real person, which is silly. The title page has the real author's name as the author of the recipes; not having it on the cover is common for book or movie-based cookbooks. I'm excited to try a few of them and may tweak my review when I do. Suffice it to say, this is a good pie book primarily consisting of classics with a twist.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Europaea

    Sugar, Butter, Flour, OH MY! The Waitress Pie Book is everything I need to satisfy a craving. Be it sweet or savory, Hunterson has created a work of art in this latest release. I have personally made the Leeky Roof Potato Pie and Getting Out of the Mud Frozen Mud Pie and boy, you have to pry the fork out of my hand they are soo good. This may be the first time I actually make every single recipe in a cookbook because each pie is unique and flavorful in its own way.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    First off, I have not made any of the pies in this cookbook, but I have already marked a couple and when I do make them I will update my review. This cookbook is very witty and some of the names of the pies reflect that. On my short list to make are The Apple of my eye rum raisin hand pies, Life's just peachy Keen Polka Dot peach pie, Old Joe's Horney past pie, (a yummy looking tomato pie with a butter cracker crust) and Wake up and Smell the coffee pie. There are a lot of images included in thi First off, I have not made any of the pies in this cookbook, but I have already marked a couple and when I do make them I will update my review. This cookbook is very witty and some of the names of the pies reflect that. On my short list to make are The Apple of my eye rum raisin hand pies, Life's just peachy Keen Polka Dot peach pie, Old Joe's Horney past pie, (a yummy looking tomato pie with a butter cracker crust) and Wake up and Smell the coffee pie. There are a lot of images included in this cookbook and while I received an ARC copy and my images are black and white, I guessing that the regular copies will have beautiful colored copies. I was very happy to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but the opinions are all my own

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anula

    If you really like the movie/musical you'll love the book! I remember watching the movie good few years ago and thinking "Someone should make it into a cookbook" and they finally did! The pies are cheerful, colorful and they also taste great (yes, I did make few of them already!). Recipes are easy to follow and the taste combos are brilliant! Flicking through the book and reading the pies' names you'll have flash back from the movie - there is a strong reference to the story line. Book is also we If you really like the movie/musical you'll love the book! I remember watching the movie good few years ago and thinking "Someone should make it into a cookbook" and they finally did! The pies are cheerful, colorful and they also taste great (yes, I did make few of them already!). Recipes are easy to follow and the taste combos are brilliant! Flicking through the book and reading the pies' names you'll have flash back from the movie - there is a strong reference to the story line. Book is also well published - great, bright, colorful photos, layout is pleasant to the eye and recipes are easy to follow.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I got this cookbook as a birthday gift and I LOVED it! I have already used the recipe for the pie crust and it got great reviews from the family. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the movie "Waitress" and would LOVE to see the musical if it ever tours my neck of the woods. My only complaint is that many of the pie recipes featured in the movie are not included. Granted, I haven't had the opportunity to see the musical and I know the recipes are based on that, but fans of the movie I am sure are looking for a li I got this cookbook as a birthday gift and I LOVED it! I have already used the recipe for the pie crust and it got great reviews from the family. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the movie "Waitress" and would LOVE to see the musical if it ever tours my neck of the woods. My only complaint is that many of the pie recipes featured in the movie are not included. Granted, I haven't had the opportunity to see the musical and I know the recipes are based on that, but fans of the movie I am sure are looking for a little recipe crossover and there is very little. That said, this cook book is great all on its own, and I look forward to making many more of the pie recipes :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    Having just seen the quirky musical dramedy "Waitress" on tour, I had pie on the brain. Naturally, I couldn't resist a themed pie cookbook (conveniently on sale in the lobby), so I took it home. I have yet to try any of these recipes, but the book has two things in its favor already: the commitment to character and specificity is pretty solid, with every name-dropped pie recreated with a little scene-setting paragraph from Jenna; and the recipes actually look pretty good. Even a throwaway joke a Having just seen the quirky musical dramedy "Waitress" on tour, I had pie on the brain. Naturally, I couldn't resist a themed pie cookbook (conveniently on sale in the lobby), so I took it home. I have yet to try any of these recipes, but the book has two things in its favor already: the commitment to character and specificity is pretty solid, with every name-dropped pie recreated with a little scene-setting paragraph from Jenna; and the recipes actually look pretty good. Even a throwaway joke about an "Old Joe's Horny Past" pie leads to an interesting tomato and cheese savory pie with a butter cracker crust, which I think I may dream about tonight.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    Throughly enjoyed the movie and always wished there were recipes for all the amazing pies. Now there is! Lovely photography, easy to follow directions, and entertaining stories for each pie. A wonderful addition to any kitchen library.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John

    A cute, quirky cookbook tie in to one of my favorite new musicals, Waitress. The recipes look simply to die for, you can’t help but get hungry just from looking at them, even after a full meal! With great nods to both musical and movie, this is a wonderful treat for fans of both!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was not awful but I really don't think that it was wonderful either. Everything looked and sounded so good however, all the work that goes into almost each and every recipe is a little off putting. This was not awful but I really don't think that it was wonderful either. Everything looked and sounded so good however, all the work that goes into almost each and every recipe is a little off putting.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ken Carrell

    The recipes have very clever names and look great. I plan on making quite a few of the pies, including some of the savory ones. I highly recommend this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pat Lampe

    This was a speedy and delightful read. I loved the movie and this cookbook sounds just like Jenna. I don't like to bake, but this could inspire me. Beautiful photos. Altogether yummy. This was a speedy and delightful read. I loved the movie and this cookbook sounds just like Jenna. I don't like to bake, but this could inspire me. Beautiful photos. Altogether yummy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clwseattle

    This is a lovely little book! The pictures are beautiful and greatly appreciated and the instructions are clear. There are some great new twists on old favorites that will become NEW favorites.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This book is really fun! It has stories along with recipies! I really liked the names of the pies and that it included savory pies!

  24. 5 out of 5

    annelie ・゜゜

    was jetlagged and what else to do at 3am than to read a pie recipe book. i love waitress and this was v entertaining and adorable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A great tie in with the movie/musical Waitress. There are some delicious sounding pies in here and I can't wait to give them a try! A great tie in with the movie/musical Waitress. There are some delicious sounding pies in here and I can't wait to give them a try!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Holloway

    Copied a couple recipes down and will try soon. I was unaware it was a movie/ musical!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    Loved this musical and movie and can't wait to make all of these pies. Loved this musical and movie and can't wait to make all of these pies.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Gosh, but I loved "Waitress." Great recipes that make me want to bake pies. Of course, those whimsical and plainly said names make it more fun. Gosh, but I loved "Waitress." Great recipes that make me want to bake pies. Of course, those whimsical and plainly said names make it more fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Geever

    Every recipe looks delectable! Good variety of recipes and although I have not seen the film or Broadway production, the book is fun, with a lot of funny recipe names and instructions.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Lots of yummy pie recipes! Every recipe has a picture with it!!

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