Last August, Thrillist published an article highlighting cookbook stores which they say provide “a respite from the fast-paced, quick-snippet cooking videos we’re used to today.”

The stores covered by Thrillist range from coast to coast, from New York to Seattle, and got us thinking about compiling a list of Cookbook Stores of our own:

New York

Archestratus Books + Foods, Brooklyn, New York

Kitchen Arts and Letters – New York, New York: This New York City bookstore specializing in food and drink, opened in 1983 by Nach Waxman, claims Julia Child, James Beard, and Laurie Colwin as early customers. According to Forbes, NYC’s Kitchen Arts & Letters Is Worth The Trek; “Floor-to-ceiling shelves are lined with decadent books on everything from how to cook, sustainability, food history and, of course, cookbooks… every kind of cookbook you could imagine existed.”

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, New Your, New York – After working part time at Kitchen Arts and Letters, Bonnie Slotnick opened her namesake cookbook shop in 1997. Slotnick only sells used cookbooks, most of which are purchased directly from individuals. “It leads to very interesting conversations about food in New York, history, where people have lived,” Slotnick says. Regarding her preference for used cookbooks, “I find these little notes and receipts and things in the books sometimes and get totally caught up in research. It’s not just about the recipes.” Agreeing with cookbook author Maida Heatter, she says “People should write in their cookbooks because their descendants will appreciate it.”.

DC

Bold Fork Books – Washington, DC: Clementine Thomas and her husband Sam Vasfi, both with a background in the restaurant industry, opened their store during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thomas believes modern cookbooks have excelled when it comes to telling stories, saying “I think narrative has become such an important part of the cookbooks that have come out in the last five or six years” and that “people were paying closer attention to the kinds of voices that they were allowing into their home kitchens.”

“After a year in which everybody was stuck at home and cooking all of these super technical things, I think people might be moving in another direction, which is a little bit more intuitive, a little bit more easy going,” Thomas says. And the books that reflect this shift—Crave by Ed Smith, No-Recipe Recipes by Sam Sifton and At Home in the Kitchen by David Kinch—have all been selling.

Maine

RabelaisBiddeford, Maine:

Washington

Book Larder – Seattle, Washington:

California

Now ServingLos Angeles, California

Omnivore Books on Food, San Francisco, California

This list is a work in progress.

Do you know of any Cookbook Stores we’ve missed listing? If so, let us know!



Links:

Inside Kitchen Arts & Letters, the Legendary NYC Cookbook Store, by Eater Staff, for Eater, Jan 3, 2014

NYC’s Kitchen Arts & Letters Is Worth The Trek, by Megy Karydes for Forbes, Jul 27, 2017

A New York City Cookbook Store Survives, by Matt Rodbard for TASTE, Nov 23, 2020