Food Fiction: Pie is kind of asking for it

Even fictional people have to eat. Sometimes food reveals what we should know about a character, sometimes it’s a pleasant pause in the action, and sometimes it’s Chiron and Demetrius, baked in that pie whereof their mother daintily hath fed, eating the flesh that she herself hath bred. Food Fiction is an ongoing feature that looks at some of the most memorable foods in the history of storytelling.

Pies get thrown, of course. It’s such a stale gag to take a cream pie in the face that somebody is always trying to get the last word on the pie-throwing topic. Mack Sennett and the Keystone Cops drove the idea into the ground starting in the mid-teens, so in 1927, to put the bit to rest, Laurel And Hardy attempted to stage a pie fight after which there would not need to be any more pie fights—in …

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