“I don’t want to spend my life not having good food going into my pie hole. That hole was made for pies.” ―Paula Deen
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and turkey/stuffing comas pending, it may be the perfect time to rekindle your relationship with the sweeter side of the holiday.
For centuries the meal’s crowning glory, pie, has signaled the conclusion to a time of relaxation, to an atmosphere of community and to heartwarming stories and family recipes. Jane Austen echoed this sentiment when she said, “Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”
Author Kat Robinson believes that Arkansas pies, in particular, have the power to forever preserve the dessert’s place in history.
Cream, meringue, chocolate, fruit or fried: Arkansas loves its pies. The variations are endless. On most any restaurant menu from the Delta to the Ozarks, you’ll find one or a dozen different crust-borne delights to sink your fork into, and almost every one of them is a masterpiece.
What’s your favorite kind of pie?
Read the free chapter excerpt below (which features a delicious possum pie recipe) and then comment on this post by Sunday, November 18 (12 a.m. EST) for your chance to win a free copy of Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State, by Kat Robinson. The drawing will take place Monday morning. Happy reading/eating!
Join food writer Kat Robinson and photographer Grav Weldon on a tour through an Arkansas culinary tradition. In Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State, dozens of different pies on restaurant menus from the Delta to the Ozarks await hungry diners, each a delectable creation of southern baking.
“Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.” ―Yogi Berra
Discover the new and innovative pie-making methods of chefs in Fayetteville and Hot Springs, and meet the man who made and sold one hundred different pies in a single day. Learn where fried pie is king and why a pie called possum should be the official state pie.
Share the stories of the great pie makers, and learn about the marvelous Ms. Lena and her DeValls Bluff legacy; why the Batten family still makes the ‘old fashioned’ in Paragould; what inspired the Chipman family of Little Rock to spread the sweet goodness of their personal recipes with pies at a barbecue joint; how a single popular pie sweetened the reputation of a political troublemaker; and how the desire for good pie sparked the community of Keo to insist that a woman start a restaurant.
It’s all here in this mouthwatering and informative collection.
…And if anyone knows pie, it’s Kat Robinson. Kat has traveled the state, sampling more than four hundred different varieties and absorbing stories along the way. She started researching pie in particular after a national website declared the ‘jelly pie’ to be the official food of the state.
To this day, Kat has yet to find ‘jelly pie’ on a single Arkansas menu. She has written about great pie for the Arkansas Times and Serious Eats and continues to gather more material each day. You think she’d have a pie chart for that.
Read today’s FREE excerpt. Be sure to comment for your chance to win!
Kat Robinson is a food and travel writer based in Little Rock and a communications manager for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Her credits include life as the “Eat Arkansas” girl for the Arkansas Times, an eight-year stint producing Today’s THV This Morning (CBS Little Rock), three years producing for KAIT-TV in Jonesboro and a college career in novelty music radio. Kat is a featured blogger with Lonely Planet, an explorer with Arkansas Wild, a hamburger and sweets correspondent for Serious Eats and a contributor to publications both inside and outside Arkansas. She’s been a bi-weekly columnist with Sync Weekly, an adventurer for 2njoy Magazine, a writer for Deep South Magazine, an eco-conscious journalist for GreenZine, a blogger for Savvy Kids and a contributor to Food Network Magazine.
Kat’s work has also appeared in Little Rock Family Magazine, Living in Arkansas Emerald City of the South, the Arkansas Times, as well as the Arkansas Free Press, Let’s Go Magazine and Today’s Man. Her latest work has included Forbes Travel Guide’s Startle.com, USA Today and Cat Fancy.
She was recognized by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism in 2011 with a Henry Award for Media Support; with the 2011 award for Best Freelance Writing for a Large Daily by the Arkansas Press Association; and numerous times by the Arkansas Times as a runner-up for Best Local Blog. Kat continues to blog at her personal websites, TieDyeTravels.com and Arkansaspie.com, and also blogs for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism at TravelArkansas.com.