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On January 23, 1983, the United States first celebrated National Pie Day, dedicated to “preserving America’s love affair with pies.”
 
Pies are, of course, much older than the United States! The first recorded recipe for chicken pot pie was etched into a Sumerian stone tablet in around 2000 BCE. Egyptian hieroglyphics show that Pharaoh Ramses II enjoyed honey-filled, hand-held pies.
 
Today, communities around the world continue to enjoy both savory and sweet pies. Savory pies include coulibiac, a Russian pie filled with salmon, rice, eggs, and mushrooms; and spanakopita, a Greek pie made with brittle phyllo dough and filled with spinach, feta cheese, and onions. Sweet pies include fruit-filled pies such as apple and berry; and creamy pies such as egg tarts (the national dessert of Hong Kong, China) and Key lime pie. 
brittle
Adjective

fragile or easily broken.

celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

etch
Verb

to engrave or carve into a hard surface.

hieroglyphics
Plural Noun

written language using images to represent words.

Noun

ruler of ancient Egypt.

phyllo
Noun

thin, flaky layers of pastry.

record
Noun

account of a specific observation or event.

savory
Adjective

salty or spicy, not sweet.

Sumer
Noun

(5000 BCE-2000 BCE) ancient civilization in what is now southern Iraq.

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