Pie at the library sounds like some sort of vague scheme our parents and teachers would concoct in order to lure us into the far reaches of the Dewey Decimal System back in 3rd grade. Well, the dream of our listless grade school selves has become a reality. We repeat: this is not a trick. The Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch across from Grand Army Plaza is now home to the almost-too-pretty-to-eat pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.
The sisters behind the popular Gowanus hand-made pie shop have brought their heavenly latticework over to Prospect Heights. Emily and Melissa Elsen started Four & Twenty Blackbirds back in 2010, and their mad baking skills have since earned them acclaim amongst the choosiest eaters in the biz, from the Cooking Channel to the Food Network. So, it makes sense that pies this delicious would earn an outpost next to shelves of time-honored tomes.
With the opening on March 14th (Pi Day, naturally) they rolled out their full list of 12 seasonal spring pies to snack on over a good book. For each slice, here’s a classic read to savor with every bite:
Book: The Great Gatsby
Elegance with temperance, old sport.
Salted Caramel Apple
Book: The Scarlet Letter
Seduction with an edge (and less consequences).
Sweet Potato Apple Crumble
Book: A Farewell to Arms
Sweet, fulfilling and succinct.
Book: The Call of the Wild
An adventure for both mouth and mind.
Book:Brave New World
Tangy and exhilarating.
Book: A Clockwork Orange
A twisted classic if ever we’ve seen one.
Book: Naked Lunch
Simple becomes complex...and eventually mind-boggling.
Book: Animal Farm
The people deserve a slice of this pie.
Pink Peppercorn Chocolate
Book: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Opposing flavors that work together.
Book: On the Road
Mint, bourbon and chocolate? Sal and Dean would approve.
Black Bottom Oat
Book: Fahrenheit 451
A chocolate ganache that’s darker than the singed kindling of dystopian fires.
Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
A Southern number that’s far from cloying.
Malted Chocolate Pecan
Book: The Maltese Falcon
A daring caper that throws traditional plots out the window.