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The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book
Reviewing a book on baking may seem a bit unorthodox for Eat Like a Man. Tom Junod has persuasively argued that there are people who cook and people who bake, "But you can't bake like a man because men don't bake," writing that cooking is instinctive, while baking requires a surrender to instruction, an act that is dubiously civilized. I consider pie an exception. It still involves adherence to a basic recipe, but the best pies are made by those who understand what the dough should look and feel like, not those who execute exactly what's wrote. They have methods from countless experiments—adding ice water or letting the dough rest over night, working the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or using their fingertips. Pie is a signature dish that stays in one perfect form until you can't help but tinker to find a higher perfection. And in that sense, it moves away from codified repetition and into the realm of instinct.
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The Elsens hail from North Dakota, where their family owned a small-town restaurant, and these sisters are very serious and very knowledgeable about pie. Living in Brooklyn, they have been able to combine real-world know-how about pie making learned from their mother and grandmother with cutting-edge culinary trends. Because these pies are made in vast numbers in their bakery, the recipes are flawless and thoroughly vetted. The result is the most exciting pie cookbook I have seen in years. The Elsens make their pies seasonally, and the recipes are arranged in this fashion. But the recipes you will find in this book are not copies of recipes you already have.