Being that today is National Pie Day, let's talk about what Huntingdon Valley-bred author/food stytlist Susan Spungen did for a couple of months in the summer of 2012:
She wrangled pies in Massachusetts for Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet as they shot the film adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day, which reaches theaters Jan. 31.
This work not only meant converting "cases and cases" of fresh peaches into hundreds and hundreds of pies, but helping to teach Brolin the technique of pie-making. (There's a scene in which Brolin's bad-boy character, Frank, gets baking, as it were, with Winslet's mom character, Adele, and the heated interplay supposedly ranks up there with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze's pottery-making romp in Ghost.)
It was Maynard herself, Spungen says, who led the first piemaking class for the actors, sharing her tip of adding a touch of cold water instead of refrigerating the dough and rolling out the dough between sheets of wax paper. Brolin, she says, was "fairly handy. He picked it up really quickly and had a comfort level." (Supposedly, Brolin really got into the piemaking off-camera during the shoot.)