RARA-AVIS: Vinegar pie

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 10 Jan 2001

I usually make fun of mysteries that include recipes--I'm sure many of us do--but MIAMI BLUES ends with Susan Waggoner's prize-winning recipe for vinegar pie. I've never heard of such a pie outside of this book, but after all the food that was mentioned (including an SOS, which I guess is the chipped beef and gravy on toast that Junior has for what turns out to be his final meal), I was getting powerful hungry and got to thinking I should try making one. Betsy, was this a favourite pie around the Willeford house?

One thing Hoke said cracked me up: "That's some family, isn't it? Incest, prostitution, fanaticism, software."

It was probably mentioned before, but I just noticed that Susan ends up married to Frank Mansfield, I guess the same guy as in COCKFIGHTER. If anyone's looking for a copy of the movie adaptation, there's a video tape for sale on eBay right now. I think they turn up every so often. This one's only offered to Americans, though.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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