I love cookbooks. I have dozens, and I still want more. There are always new techniques to learn and parts of the world left to explore.
Several of my cookbooks belonged to my mother. While I don’t use all of them, I still enjoy paging through to see the way we lived in the past.
When I’m looking for something new, I prefer local independent bookstores. Here are three Chicagoland stores that offer a wide selection of cookbooks.
Read It and Eat , 2142 N. Halstead St. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood has a cool minimalist vibe. It has cooking classes and demonstrations in addition to books. The long bar against one wall is perfect for browsing or viewing instruction.
Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave. is hidden in an alley off Evanston’s Sherman Avenue. Cozy and personal it offers written recommendations of favorites and new releases. The helpful owners also carry other gift ideas for foodies.
At The Book Stall, 811 Elm St. in Winnetka the cookbook section takes up much of its own light-filled room, and has ample seating. Connected to a coffee shop, it’s a pleasant place to get lost for an hour. Supportive of local authors, you can come to a talk or purchase autographed copies.