is famous for her chocolate-custard pies, and many people have hired her just to get their hands on her cooking. Minny’s food is so good that her employers will tolerate her “sass” and outspoken personality just so they can continue eating her food. Minny takes pride in her baking skills, and the pies are her signature dish, the outward manifestation of her unique talents and the guarantee that her employers won’t fire her for expressing herself in the otherwise repressive environment of the white household. But Minny also uses pies to subvert the power dynamics in the home. After Miss Hilly
jeopardizes Minny’s chances of ever finding work again, Minny makes a chocolate custard pie including the “special ingredient” of her own feces, and watches Hilly savor two slices of it before telling her the truth. Minny humiliates and degrades Hilly as an act of revenge, but also gains a kind power over her. Now Minny has something to hold over Hilly’s head, a secret she can reveal if Hilly continues to spread rumors about her. This act of subversion also targets Hilly’s racist belief that black people carry diseases. In essence, by feeding Hilly two slices of excrement pie without her getting sick, Minny illustrates in a decidedly extreme way the simple truth that black people do not carry racially-specific diseases.