Hungry Reader Challenge: All's Well That Ends Well and Cornish Pasties

Hungry Reader Challenge: All's Well That Ends Well and Cornish Pasties

Faith Durand
Mar 31, 2008
We issued a Hungry Reader challenge with a reward: Cook a dish or meal inspired by a book, and we'll send you a copy of a new favorite book, American Artisanal by Rebecca Gray. There are still several books left - send in your entry and we'll send you one.

Here is a very sweet and inspiring entry from Shannon, who took Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well as her inspiration. She also wove in family history with a nod to her grandfather who used to eat these traditional meat pies in the middle of a long day of work in the mines. Read on for more from Shannon as well as photos of her grandfather helping to prepare Cornish meat pies.

Book Inspiration:

I was inspired by my favorite Shakespeare play, All's Well That Ends Well. (Act IV, Scene III) My papa (grandfather) was a gold miner in Colorado and said that they used to take pasties down into the mine for lunch. They would put the wrapped pasties on top of a wood-burning stove, and when they came up from the mines the pasties would be warm and ready to eat! I've always wanted to recreate the meal for/with him.

A brief quote from the inspiring passage of the book. : "I will confess to what I know without constraint: if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can say no more". (Parrolles)

I think that is one of Shakespeare's funniest lines!


Cornish Pasties at

We took some liberties with the recipe, including substituting pork for about half of the beef and using suet we had stored in the freezer. After I saw the contest posting last night, I figured it would be a good time to try these for our Sunday family brunches.

Shakespeare, family history, and meat pies! We like this entry. Good job, Shannon - your book will be on its way soon.

Books are still left in this challenge and we may even add another, if enough entries come in. Is there anything in a story or a book that you've always wanted to cook?

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