"The feast was a noble feast, as has already been said. There was an elegant ingenuity displayed in the form of the pies which delighted my heart. Once acknowledge that an American pie is far to be preferred to its humble ancestor, the English tart, and it is joyful to be reassured at a Bowden reunion that invention has not yet failed."
Wait a minute! What about this particular American pie? Alright, on we go:
"Beside a delightful variety of material, the decorations went beyond all my former experience; dates and names were wrought in lines of pastry and frosting on the tops. There was even more elaborate reading matter on an excellent earlyapple pie which we began to share and eat, precept upon precept. Mrs. Todd helped me generously to the whole word BOWDEN, and consumed REUNION herself, save an undecipherable fragment, but the most renowned essay in cookery on the tables was a model of the old Bowden house made of durable gingerbread, with all the windows and doors in the right places, and sprigs of genuine lilac set at the front."
I couldn't resist quoting that passage from Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, and there's more on the book here (but I can't leave the subject without a word in praise of the great British tart - such as this one!).