Friday, November 11, 2011
A "Pie"fect Invitation . . .
When I read Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, I knew I had to choose it as my next book group read. The question was how to announce the book to the rest of my book group. My first instinct was to find a dozen dead jack snipes, stuff stamps in their beaks, and plant them on my friends' door steps (see book cover). In the end, I decided to go with the less-creepy, less feathery option: pie. I made a basic pumpkin pie recipe and poured it into individual tins. After baking and cooling the pies (and garnishing them with the obligatory fall leaves), I put the evening's particulars "on the bottom of the pie" tin with some tape. And voila! With one batch of pie batter you have seven or so little "pie"fect invitations to your upcoming book discussion. The trick is getting them delivered before you consume one or two in a fit of autumn frenzy . . . If this happens, just blame it on those pesky jack snipes!