Kitchen Arts & Letters
1435 Lexington Ave
I first heard about this place on The Layover New York, one of Bourdain’s shows. A gorgeous little bookshop combining all my favourite things – books and food and different countries and cultures – they stock over 12, 000 books and will happily track down any they don’t have for you. And it’s not just cookbooks, either. There are old, out of print volumes, technical tomes and food history, too.
Founding partner Nach Waxman was on hand for my visit and was more than kind and gracious, offering not only to show me around the store, but offering also to hold my coat while i perused the shelves; an absolute gentleman!
I could have spent quite a lot of time (and money!) in there, but tried to control myself and ended up just leaving with the two books, Bourdain’s “A Cook’s Tour” and Roy Choi’s “L.A. Son.” I was also informed that not only are they happy to track down any other titles I may be after, they will also happily work with their international customers to find the best possible pricing for overseas shipping. It was truly an experience in there, the way it should be, feeling not just like a customer, but an old friend dropping in to visit : )