HOURS FOR
THE WEEK OF
December 11

Hours vary from week to week; I’m also open by appointment. Please call if you want to visit outside my usual hours.

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR

Portrait of Bonnie with cookbooks

It has been my great pleasure to serve up a delicious selection of cookbooks to customers near and far for the past 18 years.

I opened the first incarnation of my bookshop in a basement office on Washington Place and Barrow Street in October of 1997. What was I, crazy? I was trying to set up and run a business while simultaneously working at a day job (at a small publishing company). I sent out hand-written announcements and some sort of press release. Florence Fabricant wrote about me in the Times, and the article appeared the day before Thanksgiving–a day when even the most disinterested are likely to glance at the Dining section. As often happens, Ms. Fabricant’s piece was the shot heard ’round the world, the phone started ringing, and soon it was time to leave the day job (I was conveniently laid off) and devote myself full-time to the shop.
      Look at all the changes in the book business since then. Where are the Barnes & Noble stores that once graced every third corner in midtown? For that matter, where is the B&N flagship store—the textbook store, where frugal students bought their books secondhand? And B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, Tower Books, Border’s? Gone, baby, gone. But it’s not as if there are no bookstores left in the city, and we certainly have our share downtown. There’s Three Lives & Company, in the Village for more than thirty years now; McNally Jackson, a relative newcomer that’s become a neighborhood hub; BookBook, rudely displaced by a Marc Jacobs “bookstore” a few years ago, now thriving farther east on Bleecker; and (everyone’s favorite bookstore name of all time), Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books on Carmine Street. I hardly need to mention the Strand, for both new and used books—don’t ever forget that it, too, is an independent, family-owned business.
      We’re lucky also to have plenty of shops filled with used, out-of-print, and antiquarian books (and records, CDs, prints, photos, posters, maps). If you come into mine, I’ll hand you a list and map of both kinds of stores (the list is also on the Neighborhood page of this website). I love the responses this brings: “Really? There are still that many?” “Wow, I thought all the bookstores had closed!” No, they haven’t. And with your help—that is, your patronage—they won’t.
      By the way, the same is true of the neighborhood (non-chain) drugstore, hardware store, and coffeeshop. The prices may be a little higher (remember, this is an individual—not a multinational corporation—dealing with insane overhead, taxes, and fees). But in the long run, it’s well worth the cost.
      If you live in New York City, please support City Council action on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) or similiar legislation. You can find out all you need to know at www.savenyc.nyc/
      And happy anniversary to US!     — Bonnie


FALL 2017 BOOK PARTY CALENDAR

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 3 - 6pm: Meet Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman and Sonya Gropman, authors of the new The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine

The German Jewish Cookbok cover

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 6 - 8pm: Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration with author Christina Ward

Preservation cover

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 3 - 5pm: Fruit: A Savor the South Cookbook with author Nancie McDermott

Fruit cover

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 6 - 8pm: The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker with author Cenk Sönmeszoy

The Artful Baker cover

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2 - 4pm: Meet Josephine Caminos Oria, author of Dulce de Leche: Recipes, Stories and Sweet Traditions

Dulce de Leche cover

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2 - 4pm: Herring: A Global History with author Kathy Hunt.

Kathy Hunt pictured with her new book Herring: A Global History