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Talk about your theme vacations: Pascale Le Draoulec could have looked for waterfalls or national parks on her drive across America. As a food writer and restaurant critic, however, she made another choice: pie.
En route from San Francisco to a new job in New York, Le Draoulec explored off-ramp America by driving through 24 states with her friend Kris. From Livingston, Montana, to Orleans, Massachusetts, they drove into town after town and asked for the best pie. They discovered Jefferson Davis Pie, Derby Pie, Shoo-fly Pie, Funeral Pie, Bumbleberry Pie…the list goes on. They encountered pie rituals, like the pie-eating contest for children at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan (no hands allowed!).
They also met many pie-oneers and pie philosophers. Take Libby Bollino in Abbebille, Louisiana, café owner and pie maker. She recalled William Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, in which he talked about the importance of man not just enduring but also prevailing. "Making pie is prevailing," Libby stressed. "It's saying I'm not going to make a simple cobbler, I'm going to make a pie."
Part travelogue, part food book, American Pie delivers big servings of rural Americana and many new recipes for pie. (Ginger Curwen)