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Pie-Making and Prose Poems Collide

Baker and poet Kate Lebo appears in Austin

By Virginia B. Wood, 12:00PM, Sat. Nov. 2, 2013

Poet and pie-maker Kate Lebo with some of her handiwork
At first glance, poet Kate Lebo's A Commonplace Book of Pie doesn't appear to be a collection of either poems or recipes. Take a bigger bite.

courtesy Chin Music Press
A Commomplace Book of Pie by Kate Lebo (Chin Music Press, ppg.93, $17.95)

Rather than a large collection of recipes, Lebo's slim volume offers whimsical prose poems about a variety of pies, delightfully illustrated with the tools of the pie-maker's trade by artist Jessica Lynn Bonin. Tucked into the back of the book are some sage suggestions for successful pie making, a hand full of recipes, and even directions on how best to eat pie. This charming little book could be the perfect holiday hostess gift or stocking stuffer for the true pastry artist on your gift list.

Pie dough
illustration Jessica Lynn Bonin

Kate Lebo is in Austin over the next week, making appearances in promotion of her new book. Look for her at the following events.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 1-3pm

Whole Foods Culinary Center (525 N. Lamar)

Lebo will read from her book, present a mini-pie-making demonstrations (at 1:30pm and 2:30pm) and share free pie samples.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7pm

BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar)

Kate will be a guest of the Feminist Kitchen book club and present her zine "The Pie Lady Manifesto."

Sunday, Nov. 10, 11am-1pm

Mueller Farmers' Market (4550 Mueller in the hangar)

Kate will host a Pie Social, selling signed copies of her book ($17.95) and slices of her own pie ($5 per slice). Anyone who contributes a pie to the social is welcome to try other pies for free.

A necessary ingredient
illustration Jessic Lynn Bonin

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