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Ms. American Pie to Cater 4th of July in Bangkok

Lindsey Moon
Beth Howard in IPR's Iowa City studio with host Charity Nebbe.

Last summer Beth Howard hosted her last pitchfork pie stand in Eldon at the American Gothic House. This year, she's reviving the stand, but this time she's opening up shop on the other side of the world. 

Howard will be hosting around 1,200 people at U.S. Embassy in Thailand on the fourth of July this summer as one of her last stops on her “World Piece” tour. She’s leaving Tuesday to travel the world in search of the best pie recipes and will be teaching pie making classes along the way.

"A few years ago I went to a South African township, and it was a trial run," she says. "I taught kids how to make pie, and I thought, 'They're not going to know what pie is.' I was so completely wrong. They were so attentive and were waiting by the oven doors for the pies to finish. That was really affirming." 

The first leg of her trek is taking her to New Zealand, then onto Australia, Bangkok, Athens, Mumbai, and Frankfurt. You can follow her travels at her blog The World Needs More Pie.

Howard is the author of the 2012 memoir “Making Piece” and the 2014 cookbook “Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Pie Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House.” 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa