A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer


Montana Premiere

Residents at the St. Mary’s Court Retirement Community in Washington, D.C., agree that nothing is better than Pearl Mallory’s sweet potato pie. Hailing from rural Virginia, Pearl is one of eight children born of the son and daughter of slaves. Now at the age of eighty-two, Pearl has lived nearly her entire life in kitchens where she cooks for senior citizens. This tender and humorous portrait of Pearl and the aged residents reveals how simple things often contain the greatest meanings.

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