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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

the (in)complete guide to Jenna’s pies: a ‘Waitress’ menu

I’ll admit that I stole the title of my review of Waitress, “Slice of Life Pie,” from Nathan Fillion, who stars in the film as Keri Russell’s doctor/paramour. Fillion loves the film because “it’s a slice of life, a slice of life pie,” and that’s the perfect description, so I stole it.

He’s quoted in the press notes for the film, which also feature other stuff worth stealing. Like the pies Jenna invents on the fly to represent her moods. There are no recipes, alas, but anyone with a decent hand in the kitchen should be able to whip up close approximations:

I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie: quiche of egg and brie cheese with a smoked ham center

Kick in the Pants Pie: cinnamon spice custard

I Hate My Husband Pie: “You take bittersweet chocolate and you don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel…”

Baby Screaming Its Head Off in the Middle of the Night and Ruining My Life Pie: pecans and nutmeg over a New York style cheesecake, no crust

Earl Murders Me Because I’m Having an Affair Pie: “You smash blackberries and raspberries into a chocolate crust.”

I Can’t Have No Affair Because It’s Wrong and I Don’t Want Earl to Kill Me Pie: vanilla custard with banana, hold the banana

Pregnant Miserable Self-Pitying Loser Pie: “Lumpy oatmeal with fruitcake mashed in. Flambé, of course…”


(Oh, and visit the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which supports women filmmakers, while you’re at it, wouldja?)

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