Magazine article The New Yorker

Fresh from the Oven

Magazine article The New Yorker

Fresh from the Oven

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"You mean you just go up to complete strangers and talk to them about pie?" a friend's father asks Pascale Le Draoulec, the restaurant critic for the New York Daily News. Strangers not only talked to Le Draoulec, but they gave her enough material for a book. In AMERICAN PIE (HarperCollins), she visits antique stores, fish boils, and churches and discovers a staunch pie culture. Le Draoulec samples shoofly pie in Pennsylvania Dutch country and the elusive bumbleberry in Zion Canyon, and finds that even the most timid pie-makers guard their recipes aggressively. "Pie is the food of the heroic," a journalist in the Times wrote in 1902, after an Englishman suggested that Americans skip their daily slice. "No pie-eating people can ever be vanquished."

U.S. Army and Navy nurses at the Santo Tomas civilian prison camp in the Philippines during the Second World War would have agreed; after months of near-starvation, they were freed by American G. …

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