Thanksgiving taste testers ate lots of pie to see if ancient recipes hold up

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Thanksgiving means one thing: pie. And lots of it.

The UC Berkeley Library scoured its collection of 900 cookbooks to find old recipes for Thanksgiving pies and then baked them and put them to the test.

The library went deep and found a recipe for “pompkin” pie from the 1796 cookbook, American Cookery — the first known cookbook written by an American, according to the library.

Other recipes tested included a sweet…

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