In his script for the 1999 play "Boston Marriage," Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Mamet observed: "We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie." A lot of famous people have found their refuge in a slice of pie.
- Apple pie a la mode was the favorite dessert of Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac.
- Sweet potato pie was something that Martin Luther King, Jr. longed for.
- When he was asked about the common practice among New Englanders of eating fruit pie for breakfast, Ralph Waldo Emerson replied, "What else is pie for?"
- Dwight Eisenhower's mother taught him how to cook the family's Sunday dinner, including the apple pie that capped the meal.
- Elvis Presley had a gargantuan appetite for everything, including sweets. He enjoyed a variety of pies, from so-called Eskimo Pies to fruit pies. For Elvis, pie-eating sometimes meant eating an entire pie, not just a slice.
- The attorney Clarence Darrow loved eating pie. He recalled that "as a boy, I liked pie better than anything else that I could get to eat; and i have not yet grown so old but that I still like pie."
- President Calvin Coolidge had a low opinion of his wife's cooking and was willing to share it. After Grace Coolidge baked an apple pie, the president attacked the dessert with sarcasm. "Don't you think the road commissioner would be willing to pay my wife something for her recipe for pie crust?"