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The Geometric Baker

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Lauren Ko/LokoKitchen

Happy Pi Day! Guess what I’ve got for you?

Baker Lauren Ko (A.K.A. Loko Kitchen) is a wizard with geometry. And color gradients. And pie. All of my favorite things wrapped up in one, really. A secretary by day, Ko is (are you sitting down?) SELF TAUGHT, and only started making pies 3 years ago. Can you believe it? These amazing creations were made by an amateur!

“I’m an executive assistant with no professional culinary or pastry training/experience. What I have to show is simply a product of going for it with a measure of patience and a sharp knife.”

– Lauren Ko interview with Mic

Ko doesn’t even sell her masterpieces. After over-pieing her “poor” husband, she says she now gives the pies away to friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Lucky, lucky people!

You can follow Lauren Ko on her Loko kitchen website and on Instagram.

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One of the best parts about this #myamericanpie collaboration with @theresidnyc is giving people the spotlight to tell their own story, in their own words. ⁣ ⁣ We’re continuing the series with Priscila. I’ve made this pie inspired by Incan art and filled with Peruvian comfort food, aji de gallina, to go with her story. ⁣ “Before moving to the US, my view of American life was basically Saved by the Bell. But then in 2002, I moved to Georgia and I realized the “American Dream” my parents were chasing wasn’t going to be as fun as Mario Lopez made it seem.⁣ ⁣ People didn’t know anything about Peru and I didn't want to give them more reasons to consider me an outsider, so I suppressed this part of my identity in order to fit in. As I grew up and moved to New York, I realized that part of me will never go away – I'm Peruvian American and my heritage is what makes me unique and allows me to look at things with additional lenses. I can cheer for Peru during the World Cup and the US during the Olympics. I love ceviche AND grits. I'm a hybrid of where I come from and where I am today – kind of like this pie, I'm aji de gallina but also a pie. This is a country of immigrants, some have been here for hundreds of years and others for weeks, but it doesn't change the fact that despite our differences, we can help each other move forward. It's my new American Dream.”⁣ ⁣ #lokokitchenxtheresidnyc #theresidnyc #myamericanpie⁣ ⁣ Portrait: @buildingshipatsea

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Ombré as the main ingradient. 🌈🍒

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One of the best parts about this #myamericanpie collaboration with @theresidnyc is giving people the spotlight to tell their own story, in their own words. ⁣ ⁣ We’re continuing the series with Peter. I’ve created this pie inspired by his heritage–with a savory lumpia filling and a design modeled after Croatian folk embroidery. ⁣ ⁣ “My father is Croatian. He left former-Yugoslavia now Bosnia Herzegovina because there wasn’t much opportunity for him. My mother is from the Philippines. They met at a dance party in Queens in 1984 and married 3 months later. ⁣ As a mixed-race person born and raised in NYC, with a very Eastern European name, I learned quickly that people will often see two things: what they are most comfortable with and/or what they’re most uncomfortable with. Additionally, as a person with a disability, I’ve inherited the ideas of what it means to be disabled in the United States. ⁣ ⁣ Growing up in Queens, I was given the opportunity to experience many different cultures. The embroidery on this pie to me represents how all the different cultures I’ve experienced and been influenced by (and continue to be) have been interlaced together and impact how I live. The intricacies and the simplicity show how very different things can come together to create something unique and beautiful.” ⁣ ⁣ #lokokitchenxtheresidnyc #theresidnyc #myamericanpie⁣ ⁣ Portrait: @buildingshipatsea

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “The Geometric Baker

  1. How fabulous! Those look so tempting.

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  2. I do love pie …not sure how some of these would taste but aren’t they beautifully done. I almost get dizzy trying to figure one or two out. Where did she start?…on the middle or on the edge?

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  3. I would like a tiny slice of each please. (Training for Thanksgiving!) They surely are gorgeous, I’m sending this to my dauighter who is a pastry chef!

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  4. I very much admire the beauty of this delicious art but I absolutely do not have the patience to even attempt to replicate it. Well, maybe the one with the strips arranged in a swirl, but not any of the others.

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  5. Love all of them. Having some computer problems, so in catch up mode. Hal

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