I opened my shop in December 1995. I had sent postcards to newspapers that had 'food' sections, to chefs, to wine shops and anything food connected. I was amazed at the response and realized how unprepared I was at running my own bookstore. My picture was in the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. I was bombarded by phone calls and I only had the house phone at the time.
I have a passion for 'old books' and any old shop-- hardware stores, candy shops, Army/Navy, farm stands.
I continue to learn about my trade and I'm the first to confess I am not a scholar. I am also very particular about food writing and if a bibliography was added to show the references used.
I'm 64. Born in NJ. Growing up, we never ate at restaurants.
I am College educated. Married. I worked in a bookstore for many years on Chambers Street in NYC. I started reading non stop then--I have always cooked lovingly for my family. My kitchen in NYC is beautiful and I hope someone in my family will remember the cherry tarts & cheese souffles I made-- I have a garden in Vermont but my husband and I gather food as well.
I live in a early 19th century house in NYC-- that since 1975.
There is a website I do periodically look at-- That of Ivan Day. It is from the UK.
An insular community on a small island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Community stories, history of island life, lots of fish and crab recipes, illustrated with (you can almost smell the sea air) black and white photographs.
Passionate writing about life at Cross Creek, Florida. Illustrated with the dreamy watercolor drawings of Robert Camp. Pies, Pilaus, Pies, Pones-- just some listings in the 'P' index, but persimmons, passion fruit and plantains add to the locally gathered shrimp, quail, gopher and stone crabs for cooking and eating. a lovely American regional cookbook.
A collection of pleasurable essays from the British author-- travel, history, restaurants, recipes. Moorish Recipes, Chez Gee-Gee, Operation Mulberry, Whiskey In the Kitchen, Pomiane, Master of the Unsacrosanct, English Potted Meats and Fish Pastes, Secrets, Sweet vegetables, Soft Wines-- to name a few of the essays.
An observation of life & entertaining during WW1 & 2 in Europe of the circle of the now famous writers & artists. with recipes, minus the famous 'haschich fudge, under 'Desserts Cold' in the Index of Recipes that was included in the 1st London edition published by Michael Joseph, in the same year as the US edition.
An incredible collection of recipes from chefs, acquaintances & travel in 19th century England and her colonies and Europe. published posthumously as a beautiful tribute by her husband. the initials of entwined 'C's and Sir John Clark's crest are stamped on linen backed boards that are tinted the splendorous color of beech leaves. 584 pages.