The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1358 Monday 2 August 1999.
Date: Sunday, 1 Aug 1999 10:34:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Pasties: One More Helping
NPR's Weekend Edition reports this morning that bakers in Cornwall are
up in arms over a recent libelous swipe at their favorite meat pie in
The New York Times. Actually two Times writers have bad-mouthed pasties
Here is what they have said:
"In Cornwall, Two Coasts In Four Days"
By SARAH LYALL
July 18, 1999
. . . But I had never understood what all the fuss was about. To me,
Cornwall meant an interminable, martially discordant drive from London.
It meant weird, un-American cuisine like pasties, murky turnovers of
potatoes, meat and mystery ingredients (one of my sisters-in-law rudely
refers to them as "dog en croute").
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"Perfecting the Art of the Tasty Escape"
By WILLIAM GRIMES
July 25, 1999
. . .Not all the destinations have been a sure thing, as far as food
goes. Cornwall, England, probably offers more bad food per square mile
than anywhere else in the civilized world. I have eaten the region's
renowned pasties by the dozen, and I am ready to pronounce a curse upon
them. One of the novelty items you run across in Cornwall is a shiny
ceramic pasty, to be used as a paperweight or a doorstop, and I can't
see that it would be any worse than the real thing. It is surely
lighter. There's no point in going into detail on the local pasty known
as a "heavy."
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Tom Dale Keever
Graduate Fellow - Columbia University