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af am 2 15 08 Baltimore Afro-American, February 2, 1908. Daffy as this sounds, mince pie was subject to regional prohibition at certain times in American and British history. More on that later. But who knew that mince pie was a breakfast food? Cold water was a “Georgian” beverage in the sense that the state of Georgia had just enacted statewide Prohibition. The laws stayed on the books until 1935, two years longer than national Prohibition. And that’s why citizens of Georgia are even today the soberest in the Union. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha! af am 2 15 08 1


  1. According to Oliver Wendall Holmes’ recollection of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “At breakfast we had, among other things, pie. This article at breakfast was one of Mr Emerson’s weaknesses. A pie stood before him now. He offered to help somebody from it who declined, and then one or two others, who also declined, and then Mr —-. He, too, declined. “But Mr —-,” Mr Emerson remonstrated with humorous emphasis, thrusting the knife under a piece of the pie and putting the entire weight of his character into his manner, “but Mr —-, what is pie for?”

    There’s a question for the ages. No word on whether the pie was mince or apple, which Sarah Orne Jewett declares is the traditional New England breakfast pie. (Country of the Pointed Firs, I love you.)

    • I’m always up for input from the Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. Thanks, Melynda. You are now officially charged with keeping the tone up around here.

  2. Not sure if this headline will elevate the tone much, but the picture it conjures is rather interesting:

    Senator Platt to test Republican Digestion—To Give Politicians Mince Pie and Cider for Breakfast—Senator Says Republicans Ready for Any Gastronomic Feat after Swallowing Democrats (NYT, 11/11/1904)

    Ah, well, back to the world of dreams.

  3. I was once told that foreigners thought Yankees were from anyplace in the United States, Americans thought Yankees were from north of the Mason-Dixon Line, those north of the Mason-Dixon Line thought Yankees were from New England, and New Englanders knew that a “real” Yankee was someone who ate pie for breakfast.

    This made me laugh, because I am from New England, and, if there is pie in the house, we eat it for breakfast.

    • That is interesting and helpful data. There’s this arm’s-length Stephen King novel called Thinner authored by his pseudonym Richard Bachman, which was made into a surprisingly decent film, that made a pointed New England-specific reference to “breakfast pie,” that I only now fully understand, courtesy of your input.

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