I was doing some internet [sic] research yesterday on the history of apple pie, and I was surprised to come across Dave Williamson's letter accusing me of being "on the payroll of Big Apple." Huh?
It would have been nice if you had given me a quick call before publishing this completely unfounded and frankly puzzling rumor about me. Better yet, Dave Williamson could easily have gotten in touch with me before even writing his letter. As the senior lattice-top consultant in the Alameda Apple Pie Association, my contact information is publicly available, and I'm always happy to answer questions about pie.
The truth is that no-one pays me anything to bake apple pies. I do it because I enjoy pie-making, and because I believe that delicious pies are good for the happiness of our community. I would be happy if the city of New York, or anyone else, decided to pay me to make pies for those reasons. So far, that hasn't happened.
Also, what is this nonsense about me being "a proponent of high-density pie development for Alameda?" I don't even know what that means, unless Mr. Williamson is referring to my customary advice to really pile the apple slices high to make a nice, thick pie. Oh, and for the record, I'm really not a fan of pastrami or cheesecake, although I might enjoy the challenge of trying to bake bagels to the same golden-brown as my favorite piecrust.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009