Kate Lebo presents 'Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter'

A completely updated and expanded edition of Pie School, a cookbook about the art and science of flaky crust, lush fruit fillings, and the magic that happens when you put them together


Now with 20 new mouthwatering pies! Third Place Books welcomes Kate Lebo to our Lake Forest Park store! Lebo will be presenting her new cookbook, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter, an updated edition of her 2014 book of the same name. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Pie School. . .

Learn to make a delicious crust, and everything else is easy as pie. 

Since the first publication of Pie School in 2014, Kate Lebo has inspired bakers everywhere. This entirely revised and refreshed edition:

  • Brings the recipe count to 80 with 20 new pies
  • Includes a new chapter on "difficult" fruit pies (i.e., lesser-known fruit fillings, such as Black Currant Custard Pie)
  • Also includes a new chapter is on easy weeknight savory pies like Lamb, Pumpkin, and Quince Pie, plus the classic Chicken Pot Pie
  • Tricks to making enviable crusts with heritage whole grain flours (including gluten-free recipes)
  • Invites readers to DIY chevre, flavor extracts, pumpkin purees, as well as embrace old-school techniques like rendering your own lard for pie crust

Throughout, Kate Lebo's humorous, thoughtful, and encouraging voice shines through. Not content to just share some great pie recipes, she also invites us to ruminate on the social history, the meaning, and the place of pie in the pantheon of favorite foods. Readers will emerge with a deeper understanding of how to connect their baking practices to their local foodsheds and family traditions—plus all the skills they need to make the best pie of their lives.

Praise for Pie School. . .

“I love Kate Lebo’s Pie School so much. It’s reassuringly detailed for new cooks yet full of nuance that make veteran cooks like me say, “Oh wow, right!” The recipe lineup feels fresh and personal, with inventive recipes so solid they seem like classics."
—Martha Holmberg, co-author of Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables and author of Simply Tomato

“Kate Lebo’s prose is rich and spiky, her voice spiced with wit and undergirded with tenderness; her work is pithy, well-researched, and always profoundly knowledgeable. Sure, she writes about food, but she’s really writing about humanity, her own and all of ours. To call this ‘a book about pie’ is like calling Moby-Dick ‘a book about a whale.’”
—Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man and Blue Plate Special

“It’s hard to imagine Kate Lebo’s improving upon Pie School; it was one of those triumphantly instant classics that rendered itself indispensable from the get-go. And yet the hindsight that emerged from life during COVID and writing her wonderfully weird, gorgeously geeky literary masterpiece Difficult Fruit has resulted in a second edition even more special and, if it’s possible, essential than the first.”
—Charlotte Druckman, author of Women on Food

“As with our most revered teachers, Kate Lebo, [in Pie School,] inspires us with her infectious passion for her subject—deciphering a daunting topic with the gentlest of hands and unwaveringly cheering us on to be the best cooks and people we can be. This is school you’ll never want to graduate from.”
—Peter Hoffman, chef and author of What’s Good: A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredients

Kate Lebo is the author of the essay collection The Book of Difficult Fruit, which won the Washington State Book Award. She is also co-editor with Samuel Ligon of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Essays, Harper’s Magazine, Orion, Ecotone, The Inlander, and elsewhere. She lives and bakes in Spokane, Washington, where she is an apprenticed cheesemaker to Lora Lea Misterly of Quillisascut Farm.

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