A New Cookbook Store Will Open In Brooklyn, Selling Rare Culinary Books

A brick-and-mortar shop is coming to Cobble Hill, Brooklyn this November and it will delight both the book lovers and foodies out there.

The shop will be called 'Cooking, Cocktails and Culture', and stems from the creative mind of rare-book seller Elizabeth Young. It will officially open on Nov. 26 at 212 Degraw St., offering culinary-themed literature of the new, rare and collectible varieties, Grub Street reported. The 200 square feet space will host signings and talks as a way to engage those who are already interested with the collection of older, rarer material that Young will stock.

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Young started her business, lizzyoung bookseller, in 2012 with a focus on the culinary arts books and ephemera, and when asked by Fine Books & Collections what it was that led her to the rare books trade, she explains her absolute fascination with cookbooks.

As most cookbook lovers will tell you, it is not necessarily the recipes that grab you and take you in, it is the place you go in your head while reading a cookbook. I guess you could call it something like virtual cooking. You don’t really have to take a pot or pan out, you don’t have to get your kitchen dirty, you can cook a remarkable meal for family and friends, in your head.

As a former pastry chef and food editor, she says she is passionate about the culinary arts, and after spending a couple of years ensconced in the rare book trade, she realized there was a perfect niche for her in rare books focusing on cooking, cocktails, and culture. She was originally inspired by a similar bookstore in San Francisco, Omnivore Books, which sells both new and rare culinary books. According to Young, most people who love food and cooking don’t even know the rare book world exists. She wanted to open up a little shop and share these treasures with the public.

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Young also announced that she will have food writer M. F. K. Fisher's catalogue on hand at the shop as well as the binders filled with her correspondence. The Archive encompasses thousands of annotated books, letters, and pieces of ephemera-- connecting the author with family members, friends, and agents.

Aside from books, Young will also sell culinary ephemera. She has a collection of old menus and pamphlets, some of which date back to the mid 1800s. Culinary-themed sheet music and contemporary zines will also be on the shelves.

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