What's Fabulous: Books For Cooks
I came upon Books For Cooks while exploring the Notting Hill neighborhood of London while recently there on vacation. The shop was opened in 1983, when English food was more a punchline than a dining plan. But the shop had a mission and thirty years later it is a beloved part of London's cooking community and a destination for cooks from around the world.
Located just a block from the famed Portobello Road, it's a small, sunny shop, lined with chockablock bookshelves and filled with comfortable chairs and tables stacked with cookbooks about every possible cuisine, technique, and ingredient. At the rear of the shop is a café that serves coffee, tea, and a variety of appealing snacks and sweets, making it easy to have a pause in your browsing or sightseeing. Upstairs is a demonstration kitchen where cooking classes are held.
If you find something you like but don't have room in your luggage to bring it home, or need help tracking down a title with help from a real and expert bookseller and not Amazon's search engine, they have customers everywhere and ship internationally.
The shop is closed on Sundays, Mondays, bank holidays, the last three weeks of August, and the ten days around Christmas and New Year's.
Books For Cooks
4 Blenheim Crescent, between Portobello and Kensington Park Roads
London, England W11 1NN