Kate Lebo warps the boundaries of food writing in her new Book of Difficult Fruit

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Kate Lebo goes beyond “pie lady” with her new book.

It’s a testament to Kate Lebo’s curiosity, knowledge and sheer writing chops that she can spend a chapter describing something as tasting “like peaches laced with onions and garbage” and smelling “a little like turpentine” and you’ll want to merrily try some for yourself — laughing all the way.

Of course, you probably won’t get the 38-year-old Lebo to join for another round of the spikey fruit called a durian, grown primarily in Southeast Asia and only found

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