Before traveling I made a list of shops I had to visit.... places I read about and wanted to see first hand. Luckily Edie was willing to see them too!
If you read this blog you know I love to bake....but what you might not know is, I love to read cookbooks too. So it's no surprise while in NYC I wanted to visit Bonnie Slotnick's Cookbooks.
Bonnie has a great shop nestled in Greenwich Village filled with enough recipes of gastronomical wonders to last a lifetime. As you walk through the door, you immediately know Bonnie is passionate about what she does.
Edie found a chair to settle into as she took time to study the available books.
Bonnie has a limited assortment of kitchen tools, aprons, bowls and tea towels. Just enough to add visual interest to her store.
Tea cups and cookie cutters litter the shelves. A small book, Tastes of Paradise, is tucked horizontally on the shelf. Wish I would have seen it while there. Bonnie is willing to check her shelves for a book you need and mail it to you. She told me they know her well at the post office. She's sending my selections to me as I didn't want to lug heavy books home.
I asked Bonnie what was the most valuable cookbook in the shop. She proceeded to pull The House Servant's Directory out to show me. This book was written in 1824. It has been professionally rebound. I wish I could have taken a picture of the inside of the book for you....but when she told me the price, I didn't touch it. She thinks it would sell for about 5,000 to 10,000 dollars, a bit more than I had in my purse that day!
The picture above is of my son Jeff. He's a student at NYU. He met us at the store before dinner. I'm including him here to give you an idea of the size of the shop. He pretty much fills the store. Call Bonnie before going to make sure he isn't there! You don't want to have to move him out of the way while browsing! Make sure you save plenty of time to check out all of the titles on the shelves too. I think an afternoon would be about enough time. Bonnie's shop is open from 1-7pm.
I took Elizabeth Scheffield with me to NYC too. Thought I would show my progress. I'm really enjoying working on this one. The over-1 bird took a bit of time....but worth it!
Until later dear friends!