The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop

by Emily Elsen, Melissa Elsen


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From the proprietors of the renowned Brooklyn shop and cafe comes the ultimate pie-baking book for a new generation of bakers.

Melissa and Emily Elsen, the twenty-something sisters who are proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn pie shop and cafe Four & Twenty Blackbirds, have put together a pie-baking book that's anything but humble. This stunning collection features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with unique and mouthwatering creations such as Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate, Black Currant Lemon Chiffon, and Salty Honey. There is also a detailed and informative techniques section. Lavishly designed, FOUR & TWENTY BLACKBIRDS PIE BOOK contains 90 full-color photographs by Gentl & Hyers, two of the most sought-after food photographers working today.

With its new and creative recipes, this may not be you mother's cookbook, but it's sure to be one that every baker from novice to pro will turn to again and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455520510
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 168,899
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Melissa and Emily Elsen are sisters who were raised in South Dakota and worked in their parents' restaurant. They "have serious pie-making cred having grown up at the dough rolling elbow of their grandma Liz." (New York Magazine).
After pursuing different careers in their early adulthood, they built a business in Brooklyn, originally custom baking pies together in their Brooklyn apartment, and eventually opening 4 & 20 Blackbirds Cafe, which has been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart and in other great food media.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"The pies we tasted from Four & Twenty Blackbirds were so satisfying and deliriously delicious that they left every other pie we sampled in the dust" —Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group

"Emily and Melissa Elsen make pies the way nobody makes pies anymore but everybody used to, which is to say, pies that are buttery and always right for the season and hard to stop eating. It's a score they've decided to share the recipes that put them on the map."— Frank Falcinelli & Frank Castronovo Chef/Owners of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats and authors of Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion

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Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SweetLife More than 1 year ago
This is a gift for my daughter, by request. The book is beautiful and delicious; I can't wait to make pies together! SweetLife
Madsgal More than 1 year ago
Really nice photos. And even better recipes. 
EggLadysDaughter More than 1 year ago
I bought this to read the history of my hometown girls who made it big in New York. My mother was the "egg lady" for the family restaurant in Hecla, SD. I read the book cover to cover for the wonderful recipes and pie baking hints and suggestions. I am gluten intolerant and enjoy making pies with gluten free flours. Inspiring! Make a special trip to the restaurant if you are anywhere near NYC.
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dark_angelAG More than 1 year ago
I just received my book this past weekend and I have to say that it is excellent. I am an avid baker and I learned so much on how to make pies. From the very beginning of using the right equipment to how to create the perfect pie crust to finding excellent ingredients. This book is awesome. Now make sure you read the cover carefully because it does say "unusual" pie recipes. I found that most of these pie recipes are odd but they have to be delicious. I love trying new things: so I am able to prefect my pies whilst trying out new and awesome recipes.  This book is set up in many easy to follow sections, and it is an easy read. Everything is explained and it is written so that if you need to make adjustments it would not be to strenuous of a job to do. All in all I loved this book and I cannot wait to try these recipes. I also cannot wait until I can actually go to New York and visit these wonderful women. Happy baking!!