The Help 'Minny's Chocolate Pie'

The Help is a comedy-drama film, based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel. The film is an ensemble piece about a young white woman, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, and her relationship with two black maids during Civil Rights era America in the early 1960s. Skeeter is a journalist who decides to write a controversial book from the point of view of the maids (known as the Help), exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families.

Scene: As revenge for firing her and accusing her of stealing, Minny bakes a chocolate pie and delivers it to Hilly. After Hilly has finished two slices, Minny, the help, informs her about the 'special' ingredient she's added to the pie.


Real Southern Food on Screen 
For foodies, 'The Help' is a real feast for the eyes, especially for Southern American Food lovers. In Food & Wine magazine, the Southern cuisine from “The Help” is lovely featured: "Southern food never looked more delicious than it does in The Help"

"What's unusual is that almost all the food in the movie was made by real Southern cooks - including teachers, a journalist and a cafeteria manager - recruited in Greenwood, Mississippi. Hollywood filmmakers typically work with caterers and food stylists, but director Tate Taylor, a Jackson native, wanted authenticity. "There's a way we cook in the South; vegetables get a certain color to them," he says. "That gets lost a lot of times, unless the right people make the food."

Read the full article: The Help: Southern Food at Food & Wine magazine, along with several recipes from the 'cooks' who prepared the food for The Help. (Including Minny's chocolate pie minus one ingredient).

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