Can you guess what we love almost as much as a slice of a Tippin’s pie? That’s right, reading a good book is a favorite pastime for many of us here at Tippin’s. And when we can combine our love of both pie and literature, it makes story time just that much sweeter. Here are a few of our top pie moments in literature.
1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter, the beloved protagonist of J. K. Rowling’s acclaimed series makes his first friend at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the help of some magical treats. While riding the Hogwarts Express for the first time, he meets Ron Weasely, a red-headed boy from a loving, but poor, family. Excited to finally be able to buy a treat for himself after escaping the clutches of the dreaded Dursleys, and sensing that Ron wishes he could buy the coveted treats from the food trolley, Harry eagerly orders some of everything from the trolley and shares the treats with Ron. One of these treats is the pumpkin pasty, a pumpkin-filled pastry pie.
“‘Go on, have a pasty,’ said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and sweets (the sandwiches lay forgotten).” — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
With that, Harry and Ron remind us that pies are always better than sandwiches. Oh, and that the act of sharing, especially when it’s a delicious pie, is a way to make a friend for life.
2) Amelia Bedelia
Many of you might remember our favorite comical maid, Amelia Bedelia, either from growing up reading the series or from reading the books to your own children. In the first book of the hysterical children’s series, Amelia completes her first day working for the Rogers family and surprises them by taking each instruction very literally. When Mrs. Rogers asks her to “draw the drapes,” Amelia gets out a piece of paper and makes a sketch of the drapes. When told to “put the lights out,” she takes out the light bulbs and hangs them on the clothesline. While Amelia thinks these instructions are bizarre, she dutifully completes them. However, when Mrs. Rogers comes home, she is furious at Amelia for doing the chores all wrong.
Luckily, Amelia has a trick up her sleeve that saves the day (and her job): she makes delicious pies. Mrs. Rogers loves Amelia’s homemade lemon meringue pie so much that she knows Amelia has to stay, despite her difficulty with understanding common figures of speech. Now that’s one powerful pie.
Nora Ephron’s novel about a food writer, and her marriage to a cheating political reporter, unsurprisingly features a lot of food throughout the story. Ephron actually includes personal recipes, reflecting her own real-life love of cooking. The novel’s protagonist, Rachel, ends up using pie as her own unique way of telling her philandering husband Mark that their marriage is over.
While at a friend’s house for dinner where the other guests are gossiping about the many other troubled marriages in their circle, Rachel finds herself reflecting over her own disappointing marriage. She realizes that Mark has cheated before and that he will do it again, and she finally comes to the understanding that she has to end the marriage. Rachel calmly walks into the kitchen, grabs the homemade key lime pie that she brought for dessert, and proceeds to throw it in Mark’s face. In this story, revenge truly is sweet. Rachel then reflects over her choice of pie, and by the end I’m not only craving a key lime pie, but a blueberry one as well.
“If I had to do it all over again, I would have made a different pie. The pie I threw at Mark made a terrific mess, but a blueberry pie would have been even better, since it would have permanently ruined his new blazer, the one he bought with Thelma.” — Heartburn
4) The Little House on the Prairie
This beloved series by Laura Ingalls Wilder continues to give children and adults today a peak into what life was like on the prairie in the late 1800s. Life was tough for little Laura and her hardworking family. They moved several times to different homesteads, and she and her siblings grew up knowing what hard work really meant. But they also had a loving family, with a mother who always tried to make good food out of whatever they had available.
One memorable example of Ma’s cooking prowess was her Green Pumpkin Pie in By the Shores of Silver Lake. Pa has been out hunting in the middle of another long, cold winter, but he returns empty-handed and discouraged. Luckily, Ma’s creativity with a green pumpkin that got caught by an early freeze is just what the family needs for some cheering up. Little sister Carrie announces, “It’s pumpkin! Ma made it out of a green pumpkin!” when Pa mistakes the unusual creation for apple pie. The heartwarming moment of a family coming together over homemade pie in times of hardship reminds us that sometimes a pie is more than just a delicious treat; it’s a symbol of hope and happiness.
5) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka’s famed chocolate factory is filled with much more than just chocolate. From his everlasting gobstopper to his lickable wallpaper, the factory is filled with irresistible treats. As irritating as Violet Beauregarde is with her bragging and her constant chewing, we can hardly blame her for wanting to taste Wonka’s newest creation: a chewing gum that magically transforms into a full three-course meal in your mouth.
We all know that Violet Beauregarde’s vice is gum, so it’s hardly surprising when she disobeys Wonka’s orders not to try it. According to Wonka, this invention still needs some perfecting. Soon it becomes clear why. At first, Violet marvels at the delicious meal she is tasting. First there’s a warm tomato soup, and then a mouth-watering roast beef. Finally, dessert. Violet thoroughly enjoys the final course of tasty blueberry pie. That is, until she starts to turn purple and her body fills with blueberry juice. This memorable scene shocks the others in the group touring the factory, especially poor Violet’s dad. However, it leaves us with a distinct craving for a slice of fresh blueberry pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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