The way to a man’s heart – good pie-making? This author from 1886 thinks so..

This amusing story is from an 1886 newspaper and reveals much about how women were viewed in the day…..

Treat the pie with respect

The pie has sometimes been treated with disrespect. Its antiquity and high position on the bill of fare of this nation make the insult most atrocious.

This sacriligious (sic) state of things has been brought about by the iniquities of bad pie-makers. Not every cook knows how to build a good pie. It is a scientific art. It requires practice as well as knowledge. A girl may know about astronomy, metaphysics and philosophy, and not have the knack of making a whole-souled pie.cherry pie

Best pie was from an actress

Young women of the middle classes in America are full of ambition, nothing is exempt from their aspiration and they are not so dull as the average girl of any other nationality, yet they have been found lacking in the requisite ability for good pie-making.

The best pie the writer ever ate was made by a well-known and successful actress. She is a favorite with the front parquette seats equally with the gallery gods.

She presided over a charming home

The fascinations of her sparkling eyes do only less havoc than her well-trained voice. In private life, she is the good wife of her husband, and during vacation presides over a charming home just across from New York. It is her greatest delight to prepare with her own hands some dish for her table when entertaining a good friend.

The dish she made for us was a wholesome, thick-with-fruit, honest pie. It was so delectable and delicious that her husband’s mother told us confidentially, it was the finest she ever ate.cherry pie piece

Mix your pie with gumption

This little actress has a concentrated mind, cheerful and soulful, which is a better guide to pie-building than all your chemical chicanery.

Sir Joshua Reynolds, when asked how he mixed his colors replied, “with gumption.” Mix your pie in the same way. Gumption is a homely word but exactly expresses a good idea.

Pie wrecks

One of the chief ingredients of gumption is single-mindedness. The old story of washing dishes and paring potatoes with poems or lessons pinned above the kitchen table is rubbish. If you try that on pies, the lesson will be a failure and the pie a total wreck on the shores of time.

The additional danger from pie wrecks is that they are a king of loosened hulls, floating rudderless, devastating all that unfortunately comes near them.

Cooking a pie in 1880 kitchen

cherry pie 1880 cooking

You will bless the day when you learned to make a good pie

No, my pretty girl, with long brown eyes and delicious dimples, put on a blue cotton gown and go thoroughly to work when it comes to pies; do the constructing with single-mindedness and be sure that some day, when you have acted upon our suggestions, you will bless the day you learned how to make a good pie. The old proverb is just as true as it is cynical, about the road to a man’s heart lying through his stomach.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

One Response to The way to a man’s heart – good pie-making? This author from 1886 thinks so..

  1. Ron J says:

    That so reminded me of a true story. Our grandson had met the love of his life in college and i ahd met her but my wife had not. He called and asked if they could drop by for a little while and of course we were thrilled. When they arrived she had some bags in her arms and asked if she could put them in the kitcken. After talking for a while she aske if she could borrow the kitchen and some pans. She then proceeded to make a fresh blackberry cobler which she had been told was my favorite. It was wonderful and the thought behind it was even better. I later informed my grandson that either he would marry her or we would adopt her but either way she was joining the family. He made the proper decision and they will have been married 2 years next month.

    A side to this story is that I was walking my dog and ran into some friends who asked about the grandson and I relayed the pie story to they. I wasn’t awre that a young lady had stopped and was listening until she spoke up with the comment ” I guess that I had better learn how to make blackberry cobbler ” Justt thought that funny.

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