Good Eats

Season 9 Episode 12

A Pie in Every Pocket

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 2005 on Food Network
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Alton brings the pie into the age of speed and convenience by going back to its roots: the humble pocket pie or pasty, featuring savory fillings of meat, fruit and even chocolate varieties. Recipes featured in this episode: - Pocket Pie
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      • Alton: Ahh. The pie cooling on the windowsill. It's not so much a dessert as an icon. An edible emblem of America, democracy, and all that is good. But allow me to humbly suggest that in this guise at least, pie is actually a tool of repression. Think about it. It's almost as tedious to eat as it is to make. Specialized equipment is required for extracting the pieces. You need a plate. You need a fork. And then, of course, you've got to have a table to sit at. And as for removing the first piece, well, I'd just as soon take out my own appendix with a pen knife. No, this is not a pastry for the convenience age.

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      • While Alton pronounces "pasty" as "pay-stee," the correct pronunciation for the word when applied to hand pies is "past-tee."

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      • A Pie In Every Pocket
        This is a reference to Herbert Hoover's famous campaign quote "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage," that promised prosperity under his presidency. Pocket pies evolved as working class food in Cornwall, England - pretty much the opposite of prosperity. Ironically, Hoover was elected in time to preside over the worst economic disaster in American history.

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