KATE Lebo’s The Book of Difficult Fruit in VOGUE

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“Pleasurable and joyful associations with fruit are bountiful. For those, I might suggest reading one of the lovely pieces online about how a bowl of cut fruit can be a type of love language for Asian mothers.

Author Kate Lebo chooses instead to focus on what makes certain fruit potentially fraught subject matter in The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes), out April 6. In The Book of Difficult Fruit, Lebo, a pie maker—who has published several cookbooks, manifestos, and poetry zines that explore sweets in the past—weaves in historical and scientific information about fruit with her own personal history. There is discussion of invasive species and the way stone fruits’ pits contain a compound that the body can digest into cyanide. Samin Nosrat has called the text at once ‘dazzling’ and ‘thorny.'”

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