Nicole Rucker is responsible for some of the most raved-about and Instagrammed pastries and baked goods in Los Angeles, first as the Pastry Chef at the hotspots Gjelina Take Away and Gjusta, then through her pie company Rucker's Pie and restaurant Fiona. In her debut cookbook, Rucker shares her obsession and her recipes with readers to help them achieve the same kind of magical alchemy she's perfected in fruit desserts.
To Rucker, fruit is every bit as decadent as chocolate cake and in this unique guide to crafting desserts, she offers up an enthusiastic ode to baking with seasonal ingredients, from summertime peaches to winter citrus. As much a storyteller as she is a baker, Rucker warmly relays her lifelong passion for fruit with charm and humor. With imaginative adaptations of classic dishes like Peach and Ricotta Biscuit Cobbler and Huckleberry Blondies, Rucker's recipes are for the wide-eyed fruit lover and farmers' market trawler in all of us.
Nicole Rucker is the founder and owner of Fiona and Rucker's Pie in Los Angeles. She is a four-time blue ribbon winner of KCRW's Good Food Pie Contest.
Prior to opening Fiona, Nicole was the Pastry Chef at Gjelina Take Away and Gjusta Bakery in Venice, California. Her writing and recipes have appeared in Bon Appetit, Lucky Peach, The Los Angeles Times, and inside the cookbook Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California.