Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is a used and out-of-print vintage cookbook store located at 163 West Tenth Street, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
It is one of my favorite places to visit whenever I am in the area.
It's a cozy little store crammed with cookbooks of all genres. some dating back to the 1800's.
There are also many nostalgic vintage collectibles on display.
Bonnie's cookbook specialties are: New York restaurants and food, culinary ephemera, etiquette books, housekeeping manuals, baking books, Jewish cookbooks, restaurant postcards, and handmade greeting cards.
Ms. Slotnick opened her shop in October 1997, after careers as a freelance artist and a cookbook editor.
The majority of the cookbook are American, but there’s also a generous selection of European titles, and some antiquarian culinary magazines, both American and foreign.
The day I visited this little boy happily played while his mother searched for a certain book title.
There is an interesting interview with Bonnie Slotnick on this NPR "All Things Considered" show, along with a fascinating 1911 "Scripture Cake" recipe copied from one of the cookbooks that was for sale in her store.
The over 4,000 cookbooks are well organized by genre on the shelves and Bonnie has an extensive knowledge of her inventory. She also welcome telephone inquires if you are searching for a rare or out of print cookbook. Her books are not used book bargains, but they are not overly expensive either. If you find a copy of a cookbook that you've been searching for, that you remember your Mother or Grandmother using, perhaps it would be a priceless treasure for you!
photo source: Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks web site
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is usually open six days a week, but Bonnie highly recommends calling ahead, 212-989-8962, for the store hours, as they vary.
I enjoyed looking at her collection of children's cookbooks, as many of their illustrations were delightful! Bonnie told me that early copies of the Betty Crocker cookbook are often the ones most searched for in her store. If you visited Bonnie's store what type of cookbook would you look for?
*Update January, 2015
Bonnie is moving her cookbook shop to a new address. She will be located at 28 East 2nd Street in Manhattan, beginning sometime sin February 2015. It will be a larger space than what she had here.Wishing her best of luck in her new location!