Pie SchoolLessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter



Kte Lebo invites readers to ruminate on the social history, the meaning, and the place of pie in the pantheon of favorite foods. When you have mastered the art, science and magic of creating the perfect pie in Pie School, everyone will want to be your friend.

Unlock the secret to baking the perfect crust, and everything else is easy as pie. Seattle literary and culinary darling Kate Lebo shares her recipes for fifty perfect pies. Included are apple (of course), five ways with rhubarb, lemon chiffon, several blueberry pie variations, galettes, and more. Learn the tricks to making enviable baked goods and gluten-free crust while enjoying Kate Lebo’s wonderfully humorous, thoughtful, and encouraging voice. In addition to recipes, Lebo invites readers to ruminate on the social history, the meaning, and the place of pie in the pantheon of favorite foods. When you have mastered the art, science and magic of creating the perfect pie in Pie School, everyone will want to be your friend.

KATE LEBO is an award-winning baker and writer. After earning her MFA from the University of Washington, Kate opened her pastry academy, Pie School, in Seattle, WA.

If actual school was as fun as Pie School, no one would ever play hooky. Kate Lebo has written a wonderful book celebrating the craft of baking fruit pies. Pie School is equal parts sassy and poetic, as sweet as a perfectly ripe peach with just the right balance of acerbic wit.
—Becky Selengut, author of Good Fish

Kate Lebo is the teacher we all wanted in school, her kitchen a classroom for lessons in life. Sure, there’s plenty of instruction here on the tasty metaphysics of fruit, flour, and butter. But good pie is so much more—it’s imagination and art and love. Hooray for Kate Lebo and Pie School.
—Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters 

Everyone should have a baker in their life—they are the sorts of friends worth cultivating. Treat your baker right (or encourage one into action) with a copy of Pie School, local author Kate Lebo’s ode to all things flaky and sweet. The book promises “Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter” and it does not disappoint. Pie can be intimidating, but Lebo demystifies and charms in this beautifully designed volume. It’s the sort of school we would all be eager to attend.
—Edible Seattle

[Kate Lebo's] no-nonsense approaching to teaching, her poetic language, and swoon-worthy fillings make this a delightful and delicious read.
Mom.me

In Kate Lebo, you have a passionate, knowledgeable, unintimidating teacher who advocates intuition, interpretation, imagination and relaxation while making pie. Her friendly, encouraging voice speaks to nervous novices as well as experienced bakers looking for a fresh fix.
—Jama’s Alphabet Soup

In her new book filled with recipes for perfect crust, fifty different pies, and ruminations on the art, science, and significance of pie making, [Kate Lebo] opens her “Pie School” to everyone just in time for the holidays, inviting bakers everywhere to use their senses to turn pie into much more than just a dessert.
—University Book Store

Abbreviating her in-person, face-to-face pie-making course for the benefit of us all, Lebo is all about the how-tos of the handmade—no food processors, no other kitchen machines, and certainly no store-bought prepackaged ingredients. The writing itself is almost enough to seduce. Who can resist, “You’ll know the filling is just right when you don’t want to stop eating it” and “Nectarines are peaches with a recessive gene for baldness?” Her book is packed with common sense as well as handy tidbits, many explained and photographed in step-by-step fashion at the front of the book, ranging from how to make a piecrust by hand to how to make “assembly-line” baked goods. Once satisfied that she has taught the basics, Lebo regales with around 40 specific pie choices, imparting lots of advice geared to each pie. For example, she uses leaf lard, a purer fat that pads a pig’s kidneys, for her apple pie. And demerara sugar is the preferred topping. A few of her other tempting selections include blue goose pie, mumbleberry (mixed berry) pie, and raspberry chiffon pie with chocolate cookie crust.
—Booklist