The Gift Guide: Day Two
December 2, 2011
Old cookbooks are the perfect present for a passionate cook, and I can’t think of anything more fun than spending a day browsing a vintage cookbook store to pick out exactly the right book for each of my friends. My latest discovery is Amber Unicorn in Las Vegas, a surprising place with thousands of old cookbooks (and wonderful proprietors); if you can’t make the trip, they’ve got a delightful website. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, even if you’re not in a shopping mood. The wonderful Omnivore Books in San Francisco is a lovely little store with a website so dangerously delicious that I have to limit my visits. You’re sure to come away with some fascinating book you never even knew existed. Bonnie Slotnik Cookbooks, on the other hand, is dangerous only if you go there in person. Bonnie’s inventory is amazing, but her website’s not much. On the other hand, few people are as knowledgable about old cookbooks, and when she invites you to call and talk, she really means it.
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Is 1972 considered vintage? Any idea where to find Mmmmm, A Feastiary ? One of the best, I am told, by a brilliant writer and food expert!!!
Amanda, I wish I could tell you where to get a copy of Mmmmm, but I’m down to my last two copies, and I know they’re incredibly hard to find. I just bought a very tattered copy on EBay, so they do occasionally come up. Good luck!
Next time you’re in the Los Angeles area, do check out Janet Jarvits, Bookseller, in Pasadena. It’s all used cookbooks and a delightful place to troll for culinary treasures. http://www.cookbkjj.com/
Amazon.com has some for $ 150. Need to get it back in print! 😉