Down with pie

By Martin Zibauer »Martin Zibauer

June 20th, 2011

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Who doesn’t like pie? Nathan Heller, writing for, that’s who:

The pie, because it is a pie, does not so much “slice” as volcanically erupt under the pressure of the knife, oozing its livid fluid everywhere; your own piece, when it comes, is a miniature apocalypse of broken pastry parts and heat-blitzed fruit.

He doesn’t just hate the pie, he doesn’t accept its mythology:

We eat sweet pie at Thanksgiving on the premise that it captures the cuisine of colonial America. It does nothing of the kind. Sweet pie didn’t gain wide popularity until the 19th century, when it was eaten largely as a daytime pastry (in A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain included sweet pies in a list of things he missed about his homeland, along with several other pastries and cakes), and the full American pie menu, in all of its moods and seasons, did not come into being till the 20th.

What do you think? Is pie overrated?

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Liann Bobechko

Liann Bobechko

Jun. 20, 2011

12:35 pm

I have to agree about the explosion issue, but I can get over that. However, when he says "we eat sweet pie at Thanksgiving on the premise that it captures the cuisine of colonial America" he makes the mistake of thinking that I eat pie on any premise other than that it is delicious. Pumpkin? Apple? Yes, please!

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