In this collection, award-winning poet and baker Kate Lebo redefines everything we thought we knew about pie. An eclectic mix of prose poems, fantasy zodiac, and humor, A Commonplace Book of Pie explores the tension between the container and the contained while considering the real and imagined relationships between pie and those who love it.
Expanding on Lebo’s successful chapbook of the same name, this volume includes new poems as well as more than two dozen Americana-themed illustrations by artist Jessica Lynn Bonin. Bonin’s art adds a sense of nostalgia alongside Lebo’s modern style, and together with the text, puts pie and the art of baking in a fresh, contemporary context.
“How is a banana like a push-up bra? What’s the best way to thicken a berry filling? This book is the answer to the prayers of pie-lovers everywhere. Both whimsical and practical, it will charm your pants off — and your apron on. I’m giving it to all my friends!”
–Kim Addonizio, author of Ordinary Genius
“…a modest and charming little paean to pies’ qualities both edible and ineffable.”
“…readers will be hard-pressed to know whether this book belongs in the kitchen for the recipes or on the coffee table for the illustrations and poems. Charming to read in either spot, A Commonplace Book of Pie is anything but commonplace.”
–Shelf Awareness, starred review
“[Lebo’s] language…is simultaneously accessible and elevated, lush, dense and funny, filled with knowing winks and the sparkle of shared experience.”