Admittedly, I’m not a cake person. That’s not to say I don’t like cake, because if it’s around I’m definitely eating it. It’s just to say in the great debate of pie vs. cake I fall into the first camp. At this year’s Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, Kat Kinsman said, “Where cake is for celebration, pie is for affirmation.” While I agree with the sentiment, I believe where there is a place for cake, there is always a place for pie.
Cake stars in birthday and wedding celebrations daily, but pie's crowning moment is at the end of this month. And for me, the term “pie” encompasses the not-quite-pie cobblers, grunts, galettes, tarts, and crisps. Since Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and friends, I’m inviting pie’s cousins to the party this year.
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