I cannot believe that I almost forgot to write about Kitchen Arts and Letters! This place is like the Holy Grail to all chefs, home cooks, and anybody who loves food.

Owned by Nach Waxman, this tiny bookstore houses everything and anything about food. The moment I stepped, I could feel my heart skip a beat and I couldn’t breathe. I was only at the door, I felt dizzy, giggling like mad – Kitchen Arts and Letters was my haven.

Kitchen Arts and Letters

However do not be deceived by the size, Kitchen Arts and Letters have some of the best (food) collections I have ever seen. When I was there, I couldn’t resist and flip through pages of the Modernist Cuisine (it was so beautiful). Despite only spending less than an hour in the shop, I managed to control and bag four books. One of them is Marjorie Winslow’s Mud Pies and Other Recipes.

This may sound like a bake book but no – it is a cookbook for dolls. It has recipes for Grilled Mud Sandwiches, Sawdust Cake and so on. Reading this book was a delight and this was one book that I would have never discovered on my own.

If you are a fan of cookbooks or food, do drop by Kitchen Arts and Letters. People there are friendly and helpful – when I told them I worried about my luggage space, they promptly informed me they provide shipping. Gosh they are so “evil”!

Kitchen Arts and Letters
1435 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Opening hours: 1.00pm–6.00pm (Mon), 10.00am–6.30pm (Tue-Fri), 11.00am–6.00pm (Sat) (Closed on Sat in July and August)