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Cookbook Stores

by Nancy Freeman

What do you do when you are looking for a very special cookbook? Perhaps it's out of print, published abroad or on an unusual topic. Or maybe you don't even know what book is right and need a recommendation. Do you wander on down to the nearest all-purpose bookstore and hope their food and wine section is broad enough for you?

Not likely. With notable exceptions, clerks at the general bookstores often lack the breadth of knowledge you need to find the answers to your questions. On the other hand, the people who work at cookbook stores know their subject intimately. And many of them are willing to search for the right book if they don't have it in stock.

Stores that specialize in cookbooks can be found all over the world. Many of them are willing to take orders by phone, fax or e-mail. A few even have web pages. In order to find them we turned to two wonderful souces, one published and one on-line.

The International Cookbook Revue's International Directory of Cookbook Stores ($25.00) available from SPA -- The International Cookbook Review, Lagasca, 27, 1.E, 28001, Madrid, Spain, Tel. 34-1-575-93-50, Fax 34-1-575-99-62, e-mail 101363.1076@compuserve.com lists 62 food and wine specialty book sources by country. The Directory is also available c/o SPA at 645 5th Avenue, Suite 703, New York, NY 10022, USA, Tel. (212) 753-6849. For local information, we sent out messages to food-related newsgroups all over the internet.

Some stores carry only new books; others specialize in used, rare or out-of-print stock. All of them are worthy of a browse. They are owned and staffed by helpful people who love food and know the business.

When all else fails, there are some outstanding on-line services for ordering food-related books -- such as Sally's place at www.bpe.com/food/books/index.html. Though poking around a well-appointed store beats sitting at your desk any day, it is reassuring to know that in a pinch the perfect book is just as near as your computer.


The Antique Bookshop
Libertad 1236
(1012) Buenos Aires
Tel: 815-0658/805-8978

Libreria de Anta�o
S�nchez de Bustamante, 1.876
1425 Buenos Aires
Tel: 541-822 7178
Fax: 541-805 8978
Director: Alfredo Breitfeld


Books for Cooks
new & old books about wine, food
& the culinary arts bought & sold
Books for Cooks Pty Ltd
ABN 69 092 834 618
233 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065 Australia
T: 613 8415 1415
F: 613 8415 1418

The Cookery Book
Ivimey & Associates Pty. Ltd.
31 Albany St.
Crows Nest NSW
2065 Australia
Tel: (02) 439-31-44
Fax: (02) 439-3405
International: 612-439-3405
Owner: John Ivimey
Branch store in Perth


The Cookbook Co. Cooks
722 11 Avenue SW,
Calgary, AB Canada
Tel: (403) 265-6066--store
Fax: (403) 262-3322
Owners: Gail and Jean Norton


The Cookbook Store
850 Yonge Street
Toronto m4w 2h1
Tel: (416) 920-2665/(800) 268-6018 - toll-free Canada and USA
Fax: (416) 920-3271
A busy looking page that offers a calendar, newsletter, list of 15 bestsellers and five feature books with sample recipes. Updated quarterly with back-issues available. On-line ordering.


Cooking: The Books
2, The Courtyard
Montpellier, Cheltenham
GL OS., GL50 1 SR
Tel: 44-1242-577908
Fax: 44-1242-515538
Owner: Keith R. Aris

Books for Cooks
4 Blenheim Crescent
London W11 1NN
Tel: 44-0171-221-1992/8102
Fax: 44-0171-221-1517
Owner: Heidi Lascelles is one of the founders of the International Association of Cookbook Stores. Her store includes a lunchroom with fine meals so that patrons can read while they linger over good food. New and used books

Food for Thought
3 Fish Hill
Holt, Norfolk
NR 25 6BD
Owner: Simon Gouch


58 rue Charlot, 75003
Paris  France
Tel: 33 (0) 1 42 72 68 97
Fax: 33 (0) 1 42 72 68 78

Librairie Montaut
87, rue de la Course
33000 Bordeaux
Tel: 33-56-81-96-38
Fax: 33-56-44-81-03

Librairie Jeanne Lafitte
BP 1903
13225 Marseille Cedex 02

Le Tour du Monde
9, Rue de la Pome
75116 Paris
Tel: 33-42-88-63-59
Fax: 33-(1)-42-88-40-57
New and used

Librairie Gourmande
4, rue Dane
75005 Paris
Tel: 33-43-54-37-27
Fax: 33-43-54-31-16
Owner M. G. Baudon is another founder of the International Directory of Cookbook Stores. New and used books on food and wine

Librairie des Gourmets
98, rue Monge
75005 Paris
Tel: 33-(1)-43-31-15-42
Fax: 33 (1) 43 31 60 32

Remi Flachard
9, rue du Bac

Henri Pierre Millescamp
7, rue Sain Front
24000 Perigueux
Tel: 33-53-09-53-25
Fax: 33-53-09-85-38


Mataes Buchhandlung
Kaiserstrasse 36
Frankfurt 60329
Tel: 49-69-23-19-90
Fax: 49-69-23-00-90
Manager: Herr Weber

Buch Gourmet
Hohenzollernring 16-18
50672 K�ln
Tel: 49-0221-2574072
Fax: 49-0221-255305
Owner Dieter K. Eckel is another founder of the International Association of Cookbook Stores.

Buchhandlung Fuer Essen und Trinken
Schefferstrasse 6
80333 Munich
Tel: 49-89-29-67-43
Fax: 49-89-22-45-59


5 Ansari Road
New Delhi 2
Tel: 91-11-328-81-34
Fax: 91-11-328-19 09
Owner: Sunill Golgottia


De Gustibus
Via San Vitale 80/A
40125 Bologna
Tel: 051-228181
Owner Liana Martac -- another founder of the International Association of Cookbook Stores.

The Netherlands

De Kookboekhandel
Haarlemmerdijk 133
1013 KG Amsterdam
Owner Mrs. Jonah Freud is another founder of the International Association of Cookbook Stores.

New Zealand

The Cookbook Store
405 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden Village
Auckland, New Zealand

Adele Fitzgerald opened in April 2003 and the store and its concept has been enthusiastically received by cooks, food lovers and chefs from throughout New Zealand. Fitzgerald delights in receiving new books and talking with her customers about their particular interest in food. 


Bokfinken A/S
Torshovgt. 7
0476 Oslo
Tel: 47-223-81-951
Fax: 47-223-84-275
Owner: Jakob Opedal


The Cook's Bookshop
118 West Row
Edinburgh EHI 2HH
Tel: 44-131-226-4445
Owner Clarissa Dickson Wright is one of the two Fat Ladies from the UK TV series of the same name. New and used books

South Africa

Exclusive Books
Cavendish Square
Claremont 7700 - Capetown
Tel: 27-64-3030
Fax: 27-683-5053
Manager: Mrs. Fleur McFarlane


Clarin Libros
Quintana, 24
28008 Madrid
(341) 542-33-59
Fax: (341) 541-61-56
e-mail: 101363.1076@compuserve.com
Cookbooks and Gastronomy
Owner Oscar Ya�ez is another founder of the International Association of Cookbook Stores.


Connoisseur Cookbooks Ltd.
P. O. Box 24 116
S-400 22 Goteborg
Tel: 46 31 201 096 or +46 31 201 050
Fax: 46 31 7 116 201
Owner: Torbjorn Eliasson
New, old and rare books on food and wine, Culinary Chronicle, Opt Art Magazine.



Rabelais Inc.
Fine Books on Food & Drink
86 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101
207-774-1055 (f)
Owner: Don Lindgren

Omnivore Books on Food
Features new and antiquarian titles, and hosts weekly events with cookbook authors and chefs.
3885A Cesar Chavez St. (at Church St.)
San Francisco, CA 94131
Tel: (415) 282-4712
Owner: Celia Sack

The Cook's Library
8373 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, California 90048
Tel: (323) 655-3141

The Tattered Cover
1628 16th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
Tel: (303) 436-1070
Fax: (303) 629-1704
e-mail: books@tatteredcover.com
Website contains a newsletter and allows you to order electronically, but does not have a search engine to look for the books you might be interested in. Owner: Joyce Meskis

Little Professor Book Center
1000 S. Carrolton Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Tel: (504) 866-5628/(504) 866-7646
Owner: Robert Landry

Books for Cooks
301 South Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Tel: (410) 547-9066
Fax: (410) 730-6092
e-mail: BooksForCooks@vdsys.com
Sections specializing in low-fat, low-gluten, vegetarian, ethnic, appliance, catering and entertaining cookery. Home page does not allow searching for books in stock or on-line ordering.

The Kitchen Shelf
1308 Beacon Street
Brookline, Massachusetts 02146
Tel: (617) 738-7555

The Wine and Food Library
1207 West Madison
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Tel: (313) 663-4894
Owners: Jan and Dan Longone
Antiquarian books and related materials.

Specialty Books Company
13 Hunter Street
New York, New York 10520
Tel: (914) 271 5121
Fax: (914) 271-5125

Craig Claiborne Bookstore
Culinary Institute of America
433 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, New York 12538
Tel: (800) 677-6266

Kitchen Arts and Letters
1435 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10128
Tel: (212) 876-5550
It is appropriate that the financial and cultural capital of the United States should have one of the greatest cookbook stores in the world. Owner Nahum Waxman is another founder of the International Directory of Cookbook Stores.

Powell's Books for Cooks
3739 S. E. Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97214
Tel: (503) 235-3802/(800) 354-5957
Fax: (503) 230-7112
Manager: Edward Bell
www.powells.portland.or.us/search.cookbook.html Another outstanding store with an excellent website. Powell's search engine allows you to look up and order just about any new or used book in stock.

The Cookbook Stall
Reading Terminal Market
12th and Filbert Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Tel: (215) 923-3170
Fax: (215) 732-4297

Cookbooks & Lavender
5806 Bryant Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
Tel: (412) 362-8044

Hoppin' Johns
30 Pinckney Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Tel: (803) 577-6404
Fax: (803) 577-6932

401 S. Sherman, #207
Richardson, Texas 75081
Tel: (214) 480-9987/(800) 413-3300
Fax: (214) 480-8443
Junior League, regional and popular titles

Cookbook Cottage
1408 N. 45th Street
Seattle, Washington
Tel: (206) 633-3107


The Bookstore at The Green Grocery Shoppe
Broad selection of vegetarian cookbooks can be ordered on-line. No search engine, but arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Food Heritage Press
A wide range of reference books for culinary historians, books on medieval cookery, 19th century American facsimiles and reprints, ethnic and U.S. regional cookbooks and out of print books. Owner Joseph M. Carlin also distributes books for 37 university presses. You print out an order form and mail it in.

Powell's Books for Cooks
www.powells.portland.or.us/search.cookbook.html Of all the cookbook stores with websites, this is the most extensive and the most useful. The search engine must be linked to their on-site system because it allows you to look up just about every new or used book in stock. On-line ordering available.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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