Hidden away on the first floor of an old brownstone in the West Village, is a tiny front room shop with an absolute treasure trove of cookbooks. Bonnie Slotnick has stocked her shelves with hundreds of rare, unique, and specialty cookbooks.
It was here that I found a 1957 edition of Meta Given’s Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking , the same book I had used to make my first loaf of bread one summer back in the early seventies. I also bought a copy of the new classic Milk by Anne Mendelson.
To my surprise, I also discovered Dairy Foods Cookbook , from 1980 by Annie Proulx of Brokeback Mountain fame. It turns out she was quite the butter, cheese and yogurt expert before she went on to tell us the tragic story of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist.
Bonnie also sells carefully selected vintage cookware and accessories. If you are in the neighborhood of Waverly Place, this is definitely worth a stop. You will be delighted.
Bonnie Slotnick’s Cookbooks
163 West 10th Street
New York, NY
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The other afternoon, I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with one of my favorite local chefs, Luke Venner. I got a chance to hang out behind the scenes, whip up some bomb butter and chat all things Churncraft.
A few weeks ago, a jury of 39 design experts from around the world met in Germany to judge more than 5’500 product innovations from 54 countries. After careful evaluation, the jury paid tribute to Churncraft’s design with the coveted Red Dot distinction. The Churncraft butter churn will be exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, along with the other winners.