This is what I found last week during my yard sale adventures. I have seen the movie but I also wanted to read the book. As I have started to read it, I realize how much the South has changed and how familiar I am with some of the situations in the book and movie. There are times that I long for the South of my younger years but there are some things that I don’t miss at all.
Unlike the white families in the book, my family was middle class and my Mother and Daddy both worked. Like the families in the book, I was kept by a black maid while my Mother worked. Some part of the movie and the book are exaggerated but that makes them entertaining. I can remember as a little girl going to the downtown drugstore with my grandmother and sitting in a grown up chair and eating ice cream out of a glass bowl. I thought I was pretty special. That was the good memory of that drug store. The sad memory of that drug store was the water fountain in the back that had a sign over it that said, “Colored.” I noticed black people would walk to that water fountain to get a drink of water and I did not understand why. It still brings tears to my eyes now when I think about it. Thankfully, that has changed about the South I love.
A part of this book involves a pie baked by Minny, one of the maids. I searched through my regional cookbooks and decided to share the recipe listed below with you. As this recipe is submitted to a South Carolina cookbook by a lady named Sidelle it just seems so appropriate and so Southern. There are two additional pie recipes on the page that I think you might enjoy.