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50 Pies, 50 States: A baker gets to know the US through pie

Cookbook author Stacey Mei Yan Fong sits in a wooden chair with one of her pies on a small wooden table next to her.
Alanna Hale
Stacey Mei Yan Fong is the author of 50 Pies, 50 States: A Immigrant's Love Letter to the United States Through Pie.

Stacey Mei Yan Fong dreamed up the most delicious way to learn more about the United States, her chosen home. We talk with Stacey about her first cookbook, 50 Pies, 50 States; the immigration story that inspired it; and the pure joy that pie brings.

Stacey created the 50 Pies, 50 States project while applying for permanent residency in the United States. She researched each state, developed a pie recipe inspired by the state, and dedicated the pie to a friend or special person connected to that state.

Some pies are wild and wonderful—Nevada’s “All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Pie” and Minnesota’s “Corn Dog-Hotdish Pie with Savory Funnel-Cake Topping” are examples (there are a few state-fair-inspired pies as well). And some pies highlight a state’s fun facts. Did you know that the snickerdoodle is Connecticut's state cookie? Stacey details the backstories behind her unique pies and gives home bakers tips for baking great pies, whether they’re dedicated to someone or just made to share and spread joy.

Plus, we spotlight a story Where We Live explored about the surprising connection between baking powder and our state. Patrick Skahill hosts a conversation with food historian Linda Civitello.


Connecticut: Snickerdoodle Pie
Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie Pie
New Hampshire: Maple Pumpkin Pie with Painted Birch Tree Crust

Stacey Mei Yan Fong's 50 Pies, 50 States: An Immigrants Love Letter to the United States Through Pie
Alanna Hale
Stacey Mei Yan Fong's 50 Pies, 50 States: An Immigrants Love Letter to the United States Through Pie

This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Stephanie Stender, Tagan Engel, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald and Sabrina Herrera. Special thanks to Patrick Skahill and Katie Pellico.

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Robyn is the host and senior producer of Seasoned.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public where she provides editorial support for the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Stephanie Stender is a producer of Seasoned.
Tagan Engel is a producer/contributor and guest co-host of Seasoned. She is the founder of The Table Underground radio show, podcast, and website, and is a social justice organizer and trained chef.
Katrice Claudio is a producer of Seasoned.
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