In the digital age, accessibility to just about anything is undeniable, but there’s nothing quite like New York’s cookbook stores. Sure, you can instantly Google recipes and make crème brûlée if you please, yet these stores offer a personal experience that makes you feel right at home.
Not only does Brooklyn’s Archestratus Books + Foods offer a fine selection of cookbooks, they serve fresh coffee and cookies in their café. They also hosts events during the week, including community dinners on Thursday nights.
Joanne Hendricks Cookbooks at 488 Greenwich Street is quaint and cozy, complete with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and Joanne herself sitting at a rather small table surrounded by books, of course.
If you’ve ever dreamt of being surrounded by a plethora of bookshelves, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks in the East Village is waiting for your arrival. Pots and pans are hung on the walls, dishes are displayed amongst the books and you can even purchase a soup spoon with Gloria Swanson’s face on the handle.
These cookbook stores offer a sense of community and firsthand interaction amidst the currently overly-digitized world. [Edible Manhattan]