Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies

Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies

by Rossi Anastopoulo
Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies

Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies

by Rossi Anastopoulo


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A delicious and delightful narrative history of pie in America, from the colonial era through the civil rights movement and beyond

From the pumpkin pie gracing the Thanksgiving table to the apple pie at the Fourth of July picnic, nearly every American shares a certain nostalgia for a simple circle of crust and filling. But America’s history with pie has not always been so sweet. After all, it was a slice of cherry pie at the Woolworth’s lunch counter on a cool February afternoon that helped to spark the Greensboro sit-ins and ignited a wave of anti-segregation protests across the South during the civil rights movement. Molasses pie, meanwhile, captures the legacies of racial trauma and oppression passed down from America's history of slavery, and Jell-O pie exemplifies the pressures and contradictions of gender roles in an evolving modern society. We all know the warm comfort of the so-called “All-American” apple pie . . . but just how did pie become the symbol of a nation?
In Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies, food writer Rossi Anastopoulo cracks open our relationship to pie with wit and good humor. For centuries, pie has been a malleable icon, co-opted for new social and political purposes. Here, Anastopoulo traces the pies woven into our history, following the evolution of our country across centuries of innovation and change. With corresponding recipes for each chapter and sidebars of quirky facts throughout, Sweet Land of Liberty is an entertaining, informative, and utterly charming food history for bakers, dessert lovers, and history aficionados alike. Ultimately, the story of pie is the story of America itself, and it’s time to dig in.   

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647003050
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 10/25/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 409,167
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Rossi Anastopoulo is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in TASTE, Saveur, Food52, Bon Appetit,and Eaten Magazine. In 2019 she was the recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award for Narrative Food Writing for her piece on the bean pie and the Nation of Islam. She works as the blog editor for King Arthur Baking Company, and is based in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Recipe for All-Butter Pie Crust 12

Chapter 1 Apple Pie 15

Recipe for a Buttered Apple Pie 33

Cheddar Apple Pie 35

Chapter 2 Pumpkin Pie 37

Recipe for Maple Pumpkin Pudding 60

Chapter 3 Molasses Pie 63

Recipe for Molasses Pie 78

Chapter 4 Sweet Potato Pie 79

Recipe for Abby Fisher's Sweet Potato Pie 98

Chapter 5 Pecan Pie 101

REcipe For Karo Pecan Pie 119

Derby Pie 120

Chapter 6 Chiffon Pie 123

Recipe for Lemon Chiffon Pie 136

Key Lime Pie 138

Chapter 7 Mock Apple Pie 141

Recipe for Ritz Mock Apple Pie 158

Indiana Sugar Pie 160

Chapter 8 Jell-O Pie 163

Recipe for Jell-O Coffee 'n' Chocolate Cream Pie 182

Chapter 9 Bean Pie 185

Recipe for Bean Pie 202

Chapter 10 Quiche 205

Recipe for Quiche Lorraine 223

Chapter 11 Tofu Cream Pie 225

Recipe for Tofu Cream Pie 242

Chocolate Haupia Pie 244

Chapter 12 Revisiting Apple Pie 247

Recipe for Akim's Apple Pie 265

ACknowledgments 267

Notes 269

Index 317

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