My Brother and Sister in Law (Jon & Kate) gave me a gift certificate this Christmas for a cookbook store called Kitchen Arts and Letters.
When they told me this I thought it was a small place in the West Village that I had been in a few years back and bought a used copy of Anne Rosenzweig’s Arcadia cookbook. Then I looked online and realized it was Bonnie Slotnicks store that I had bought Arcadia in, so now I was really confused.
Bonnie Slotnicks is a wonderful, very old-fashioned West Village bookstore, so old-fashioned she doesn’t have a website and mostly runs the place herself so if you want to go visit (and yo should) you might want to call her first to check out her hours: (212) 989-8962 she is located at 163 W 10th St, New York, NY.
I knew there was another store on the edge of Tribeca and thought that must be it, but no that’s Joanne Hendricks, Cookbooks and Greenwich Street Cookbooks which is mostly antiquarian, a fantastic store a great place to explore….but not the one I was looking for.
Kitchen Arts & Letters is on the far Upper East Side which explains why I have never been, being the downtown boy I am 😉 Now I had a reason to venture to 94th and Lexington and explore this cookbook store so well-known that my brother in Canada found it on line, but that I had never heard of! In my defense The Strand is an awesome bookstore with a rocking large Cookbook and Food section and well, its south of 14th street.I got there late, it was already dark, around 5:45 ish, they closed, on this particular night, at 6:30 (Monday and Saturday they close at 6). Just peaking in from the window I knew I didn’t have enough time, the place is a good size – for a store that just sells cookbooks – and for someone like me who is borderline obsessed with cookbooks it was like entering heaven.
The staff was super sweet and helpful, I guess they see dozens of crazed cookbook hoarders like me on a daily basis so were not fazed. After looking through a Peruvian Ceviche book, which I coveted, the friendly gentleman at the front desk told me it was the British edition and that in the Spring the US edition would be out (and much cheaper) so I moved on…in the end I considered about a dozen books which got whiddled down to three and cost twice the amount of my gift certificate. In retrospect I see this as an act of tremendous restraint.
I bought: Suzanne Goin’s The AOC Cookbook, David Tanis’s One Good Dish and Tartine by Elizabeth M Prueitt.