Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate (Hardcover)
The pie-making genius behind the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen reveals the secrets of her mind-blowing creations in this gorgeous full-color cookbook featuring 50 incredible sweet and savory pie and tart designs
In a few short years, Lauren Ko made all hell bake loose, going from novice pie baker to internet star and creator of today’s most surprising and delightful pie and tart designs. Her unique geometric style uses fruit and dough cut and woven into stunning shapes to highlight color and texture. With an elegant symmetry that matches their knockout flavor, her dazzlingly intricate and inventive designs look difficult to produce, but can be achieved with little more than a knife, ruler, and some patience.
In Pieometry, Lauren reveals her secrets, sharing stories about her designs and the inspiration behind them. Warm and funny, she recounts the spectacular piesasters that led to some of her best creations, and breaks down her most beautiful designs, describing how to make naturally-colored dough, intricate weaves, and striking cut-out patterns. Pieometry provides clear, step-by-step instructions, accompanied by helpful photographs, which any patient baker can follow to build these pies from bottom crust to top in their own kitchens. Lauren makes it easy to mix and match doughs, fruits, fillings, and designs, and each recipe includes suggestions for alternative ingredients. Best of all, the beautiful finished pie and tart photos are just as much of a treat to look at as the pies are to eat. But even if you make a mistake here and there, her flavors save the day!
When it comes to flavor, Pieometry offers a balance of sweet and savory pies that are a feast for the senses, including:
- Of a Shingle Mind: Honey ricotta tart with an herbed pastry shell and beets
- Berried Treasure: Lavender blackberry cream with a shortbread crust and berries
- Wave of Wonders: Cardamom coffee cream with a shortbread crust and pear
- Once in a Tile: Pumpkin black sesame pie with a black sesame crust
- C and Easy: Butternut bacon macaroni and cheese pie with a whole wheat cheddar chive crust
- Squiggle Room: Grilled cinnamon pineapple pie with a basic butter crust
Whether you want to impress at the holidays or just spruce up a family meal, Pieometry is your guide to transforming a rustic traditional dessert into a modern masterpiece.
About the Author
Lauren Ko is a writer, artist, self-taught home baker, and the founder of the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen. She has roots in sunny San Diego, but after wandering the world, she has settled in Seattle, WA, with her husband, Ben, and their bear dog, Santi. Lauren’s colorful geometric style regularly inspires fellow bakers on Instagram, where she has amassed nearly 300,000 followers. Her pie designs have been featured in publications such as Vogue, O Magazine, Buzzfeed's Tasty, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, My Modern Met, and Design Milk. She has appeared on-screen in New Day Northwest and Martha Bakes. She was named to The Bake Feed’s 2018 Baker’s Dozen—13 of the most talented baking icons, movers and shakers pushing baking boundaries and making the biggest difference in the baking world.
Ko earned Instagram fame for her gorgeously crafted pies, and in this pun-heavy guide . . . she generously shares her tricks. The instructions . . . are precise and accompanied by helpful photos. This is a no-brainer for Ko’s many fans who are eager to learn the secrets behind her show-stopping work, or any baker looking to add some confectionery flash to their repertoire.
— Publishers Weekly
Ko puts art back in tart. . . . Her ability to mix and match flavors puts her into the same category as molecular chefs/wizards. Home pastry chefs will find much inspiration here, and even if her visual artistry intimidates, Ko’s flavor combinations can still unleash a creative spirit in the kitchen.
— Booklist (starred review)
Ko . . . has brought her creative and unique recipes and ideas into this debut, which offers stunning photographs, along with tips on how to transform tarts and pies into works of art. . . . A funny, well-written collection of recipes suited for bakers of all levels.
— Library Journal (starred review)