Cookbook Stores in NYC

IMG_2039My 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.IMG_2041I 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.IMG_2048


IMG_2044The 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.

Now I have to strategize, what do you think: one visit a month with a dollar limit of $45? That seems fair doesn’t it, OK maybe $50….oh and they sell at a bargain price really fancy French Olive Oil:IMG_2047

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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1 Response to Cookbook Stores in NYC

  1. reelcharlie says:

    this is literally only a story that could happen in NYC. Loved it.

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