Thanksgiving is just days away, which probably means that many of you are on the cusp of baking a pie (or two…or three!). Lucky for us today’s podcast guest is a pie expert! I was actually planning to buy my pies at the store this year (GASP!), but after talking with today’s guest, I’ve decided to make my pies from scratch after all. So, who is this powerful enchantress who has bewitched me into making homemade pie crust? Kate Lebo is her name!
Kate Lebo is a writer, teacher, and baker from the Pacific Northwest and the the author of two books about the folk art of pie making, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter and A Commonplace Book of Pie. Kate’s essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays 2015, Best New Poets 2011, New England Review, Willow Springs, and Gastronomica, and she writes the “Cooking the Books” column for the Spokesman-Review. Basically she is an awesome writer with an MFA from the University of Washington who also happens to be obsessed with making great pie and teaching others how to make great pie.
My chat with Kate was delightful and informative. And, while today’s episode is certainly timely for Thanksgiving, our conversation is perfect for any time of year because pie is always a good thing.
- Kate’s website
- Recipe: Raspberry Pie with Walnut Crumble and Bourbon Whipped Cream
- Recipe: Raspberry Pie with Figs and Bay (bonus recipe that Kate and I did not talk about on the show but is one she said I need to share a link to anyway)
- Recipe: Kate’s All-Butter Pie Crust
- Kate’s Pie School (for the Seattle-based folks among us)
- Book Kate referenced: Roasting: A Simple Art by Barbara Kafka
- Kate’s article on the Spokesman-Review that Jane referenced: Old-school cookbooks combine heritage with practices of cooking
- Kate’s essay appearing in Best American Essays 2015: The Loudproof Room
- The food waste documentary Kate and I discussed: Just Eat It
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