Lauren Ko is a writer, artist, self-taught baker and the founder of the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen. Her colorful geometric style achieved the frontier of contemporary pie art, and her iconic signature spoke design has been dubbed the “modern lattice.”
Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, O Magazine, Buzzfeed’s Tasty and on-screen in Martha Bakes. Her first cookbook Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate hit the shelves on October 2020. She and her husband live in Seattle, Washington.
“The first post I ever published to my Instagram account just so happened to be a geometric pie,” she explains. “It garnered 600 likes within hours, so I continued to post pies and tarts as an experiment. When my account went fully viral two months later, pie was cemented as my medium.”
Depending on the design, it can take anywhere from two to six hours to construct a pie or tart from beginning to end. Not all of which is active time, dough requires chilling time between each stage, and baking takes at least an hour or two.
To learn more, watch this video that Ko made with BuzzFeed Tasty:
“Nearly all of the tarts I share on my Instagram (every other post) are shown in their finished state,” she shares. “Pies are featured both in their pre-baked and baked forms, and any additional baked photos that don’t make it into the feed are shared to my Stories and saved in the labeled highlights at the top.”
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