Brooklyn Kitchen is a great place to take a class or attend an event. Housed in an old warehouse/garage type building with high ceilings on 2 floors. The ground floor is broken up into basically three areas: The Meat Hook (my favorite butcher ), the store (tons of kitchen wares plus a well curated produce/food section), and the teaching kitchen. Upstairs is brewing supplies mostly and another kitchen.
The David Lebovitz book signing I went to was in the teaching kitchen. Tickets were $15 in advance online, but as I only found out about it the night before it was totally sold out. I called and was told more tickets would be sold on a first come first serve basis and I should get there early, but it shouldn’t be a problem. I arrived about 45 minutes early and was able to get a ticket and copy of his book My Paris Kitchen without any problem.
There was an impressive choice of snacks on offer along with wine and other beverages. Several of the items were from David’s cookbooks, which I thought was a nice touch. In addition there were two long tables decked out with cheese, Marcona almonds, bread/crackers, dried fruits and chutney. A really generous and delicious spread for a book signing! Because I was early the room had only a few people in it. One person was getting her book signed and another one was in line. For some reason situations like these always make me kind of uncomfortable and nervous. I’m a big fan of Davids, I own all his cookbooks and I know him to be (from the last time I met him) to be incredibly engaging and friendly yet I still I go into anxious chatty mode. I brought 3 books from home plus a fourth which I had just bought, to get signed.
It was lovely meeting him (again) even if I felt like I kept putting my foot in my mouth while at the same time not shutting up! When I turned to leave I realized the room had gone from pretty empty to a line out the door. I just hope the other people weren’t as chatty and obtuse as me.It’s always a pleasure to peruse the aisles of Brooklyn Kitchen. The staff is great, the woman pouring wine introduced herself to me and it turns out she is the owner! I tried to convince her to open up in my neighborhood, the Lower East Side.
She smiled and tactfully said that it wasn’t a bad idea, but this location was just 3 blocks from her home. Indeed it is an amazing space that would be hard to replicate, but I was really only suggesting that she expands, it doesn’t have to be an either or proposition 😉
If you don’t own any of David Lebovitz’s books, you need to get some! My Paris Kitchen is great I use it all the time and his Ice Cream book, The Perfect Scoop is the bible of ice cream making. Even if you aren’t interested in making ice cream it has recipes for “vessels”, stir-ins and sauces that are worth the price of the book. My two favorite brownie recipes (one is a Blondie) are in this book.
If you have the chance to go to a signing or any other event David is at I highly recommend you go. Until you go there is his blog, which is an endless source of inspiration and good recipes, it’s easy to sign up for regular emails from him: davidlebovitz.com