Where to Find the Joy of Cookbooks in Chicago

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.

New Cookbooks

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.

The Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes
Vintage Cookbooks

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

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.

Cookbooks at Read it and Eat
More Cookbooks at Read it and Eat

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.

Bookends & Beginnings
Book Reviews at Bookends & Beginnings
Foodie Gifts at Bookends & Beginnings
Foodie Magazine

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.

The Book Stall
Cookbooks at The Book Stall
The Book Stall
Food Writing at The Book Stall

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