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Give Them the Pie Treatment

As a graduate student I did archival research at the AGCA (national archives in Guatemala) in Guatemala City in 1997. After a long day working in the archives, I cooked and relaxed in my Guatemalan Kitchen. One particular archivist could be a real drag to deal with. One night while in the kitchen I heard a sermon on cassette about treating difficult people with kindness. The message inspired me to make a pineapple pie for the archivist. Most them received insufficient compensation and appreciation for their work . So I brought a pie to them which caught the archivist by surprise. They felt valued and showed their gratitude. In addition, my remaining months working in the archives went smooth and I always had enough documents to keep me busy.


Pie Stories and Recipes:


Guatemala Stories and Recipes: 


Hispanic History Month Series with Recipes: 


My Book on Guatemala: 


Pineapple Pie Recipe:


Good Food’s Pie-Cast Chef Rick Bayless’ Peach Pie:


Pop Ups Restaurants in 1960s Brooklyn

Molasses and the Spanish American War