Enjoy the Absolutely Delicious Beauty of All Things Pie via The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book

Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen are sisters, pie-makers, and authors of a pie making book that tempts you to indulge hedonistically in the art of pie on multiple levels. Indulge in eating and making to your heart’s content with their help via their very beautifully rendered ‘cookbook’: The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, Uncommon Recipes From the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop.  This pie making cook-book does double time as a coffee table art book thanks to the photography of Gentl & Hyers.  Indeed, their lens work should get you searching out the Elsen sisters’ pie shop if you’re anywhere in NYC ever. If you’re not in walking, taxi, or bus range of this pie shop then you’ll have to rely on their sumptuous pie making book to create pies all on your own. Don’t fret though, the photographs do more than make your salivary glands work overtime–there are excellent photos and illustrations of everything from mixing crusts, to how to do lattice-work pie top crusts to up close portraits of finished–and eaten pies. There are recipes for Apple Rose Pie, Lavender Honey Custard Pie, Gooseberry Galette, White Nectarine & Red Currant Pie, Plum Fig Pie, Concord Grape Pie, Green Chili Chocolate Pie, and Grapefruit Custard Pie. There are eleven different crusts –yeah, they’re not limited to the old standby of lard, flour and water, though that is presented for those not quite ready for Pistachio Coconut or Pecan Biscotti Crusts. The text is clear-cut, well written, thoughtful about not assuming the reader knows all the Elsen sisters know about making pies to swoon for. They’ll give you an informed by experience heads up about tools and ingredients so that even a beginner can take a run at creating decadent tummy yum yums. It’s ALL VERY VERY GOOD.

So you can see all for yourself here’s the link to Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ delightful website –> http://www.birdsblack.com/

Make a cyber visit now–if you love pie, you won’t regret it. Oh and if you are looking for a book gift for someone you adore, I highly suggest procuring two copies. Yeah, if you’re IN to pie, you are going to want one of these beauties for yourself.  Oh how I love my public library where I, far far from NYC,  discovered this gorgeous book of devilish pie delights.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

439 3rd Avenue (at 8th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11215 

SATURDAY: 9am–7pm
SUNDAY: 10am–6pm

If you’re in Brooklyn, then what the hell are you waiting for? Go get some great pie! Eat a slice or two for me while you’re at it.


  1. February 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    One comment – then off to work! On the video “inserts” at left – it seems to just take a little while for them to load. Today they appeared more quickly than yesterday, maybe due to net traffic? Who knows.
    Glad you like the video above … that’s what I meant when I said most creative use of a veggie steamer ever – did you check out what she’s wearing on her shoulders and as a breastplate? Pretty funny. And inventive! Ok – I’m off – Ta!

    • February 25, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      LOL–yes I noticed that she’s wearing a breastplate composed of one or more of those collapseable metal steamers that are placed inside of pots to steam food. LOL. Excellent fun there.

  2. February 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Ahhh – for some reason, that only appears as a black box here. When I click on it, then it becomes apparent there’s a video there. Also, feel free to remove the YouTube insert above – wasn’t meaning to video-bomb your post, just provide the link. :o)
    Happy Sunday. I’m online … I’m off!

    • February 24, 2014 at 3:44 am

      Hmm,, have no clue about the black box syndrome. Oh this video of the song is very different than the live performance I posted so I will gleefully retain this very interesting visual rendition of the song. Thank you for sharing it. Not feeling “bombed” in any way. 🙂 Salute!

  3. February 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    wait, wait …. how/where am I under a music video called “Wings” by Birdy with a crow … I’m getting shivers just for the synchronicity of it, but don’t know where you’re seeing it. Show me the way!

    • February 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Ok – I found it on YouTube – GREAT song – though I still don’t know where you saw it – so do tell. (Also, most creative use of a veggie steamer EVER.) Here’s the song if you want to watch it again 🙂


    • February 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      LOL–over on the ‘sidebar’ of my blog where the music videos are loitering with intent to be played –look right above “Joyriders” 🙂

  4. February 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Now here’s a real find! What fascinated me – other than the gorgeous pies and photography, etc., is that the shop is about 5 blocks from where I used to live when I was in Park Slope some time ago. Back then, below 4th Avenue was a kind of no-man’s land – industrial, not developed, and not considered safe. I know that when I left, things in the Slope were just starting to come up, and it’s now considered the new Upper West Side, a major haven for editors and agents (at least in children’s books.) I probably wouldn’t even recognize the area if I were to go back now, but I’m getting me an idea for a field trip!!
    Thanks for this post. I am always excited to see fabulous food like theirs, and also 2 young women kicking butt in the food industry. They’re even in the café in the Whitney! Holy smokes!
    Gotta go – drooling on my keyboard. 🙂

    • February 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Before I post this comment “you” are directly under a music video by Birdy. 🙂
      Do you have any idea how jealous I am of your knowledge of “place” and time?
      The two young women share some personal and family history in the book–a gem of a little love story in there like honey in the fruit filling. When you get a taste of their pie-wares you MUST report back!
      Towel for the drool. LOL.
      A song titled “Wings” sung by a woman named Birdy with an image of crow adjacent. Shivers.

  5. penpusherpen said,

    February 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I’m taking the link, Eva, to fill up on pie, pie and more pie. ahh! Saliva glands are ready and waiting…. xxx Pen xxx
    (singing erm…signing off now, gotta get some eggs boiled for tea. xx)

    • penpusherpen said,

      February 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      OH my, Eeeeva, I had to look, didn’t I? My nose/tongue was pressed against t’monitor, my oh my. simply gorgeeeeeous. (I am gorged!!) xx

      • February 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

        I have NO doubt you are indeed ‘gorged’ via the visual feast. LOL Oh Pen, have you considered putting your eggs to custard pie use? Hmm? I am going to have to find duck eggs for mine, but I’m planning on it!
        Is some black coffee or strong tea in order, dear xPenx? Hmm? Or would your rather NOT sober up and spoil the fun? I’m awful aren’t I? And it’s not even noon in my part of the world.

        • penpusherpen said,

          February 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm

          I Lurve Custard Pie, and no need to sober up, Eva, ‘cos I haven’t started yet, oh jesting one. 🙂 ’tis 17.48 precisely here in good ole England. and I must fly. or my eggs’ll be hard boiled out of existence. (not that one has wings, but then you knew that Heh!!!) xxxx

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