One of the highlights of my recent trip to Vancouver, BC, was stumbling upon this little gem of a book store. It was totally unexpected and random and I wished I had an entire day to spend there, just looking and maybe drooling a little too!
If you find yourself in Vancouver…you have to drop by Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks. It’s a treat and then some.
We were in the middle of a tour of the luxury car dealers in downtown Vancouver. You know, stuff like Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus. It was on my partner-in-crime’s bucket list of must-do while in Vancouver. Being the awesome parental unit that I am, I made sure that it happened. It also turned out to be a sweet little adventure for me as well.
It’s rather fun watching a teen geek over some cars. It was while crossing the street to go to the next dealership that I spotted this cookbook wonderland Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks.
I caught sight of it out of the corner of my eye and BOOM…just like that I was across the street and headed inside. I like a good bookstore and I really loveeeeeeeeee a bookstore that is entirely devoted to cookbooks, which is exactly what Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks is! OK, there is more in there than just cookbooks, but most of their books are cookbooks with some books that cooks would like that aren’t cookbooks…it’s definitely culinarily inclined! Anyway…It’s freaking awesome!
The small group I was with claims I was inside geeking out over cookbooks for an hour. I insist it was but mere minutes. I recall running back and forth between the bookshelves, like a little kid in a candy store, so much of interest and not the time to take it all in.
I have a large collection of cookbooks, over the years I’ve learned to cut back on the impulse to add to my collection. I try to stick to a rule of it has to be a really good cookbook, maybe an exceptional one, hopefully something different from what I already own. It doesn’t always work out that way though!
I had to limit myself to only two on this trip, for space reasons as well as budgetary. Boo on budgets, they ruin fun! Pretty much every cookbook I laid my hands on I wanted to take home with me.
I decided to allow myself two and no more. I literally could have spent an entire day there and not had enough time to pick through their extensive collection. The setting was utterly perfect, they even had a demonstration kitchen area in the back of the store and I instantly wished we had something like this place back home.
Barabara-Jo’s Books To Cooks setting is charming and the use of the space perfect. It was warm and inviting and I didn’t want to leave. I was so busy excitedly browsing through their collection of cookbooks I didn’t even think of taking any pictures. I was totally focused on the cookbooks and finding something special. I was utterly giddy there. No. Lie. I wished I had more time and more money in my bank account!
I ended up selecting Pierre Herme’s Macarons and Lee Anne Wong’s Dumplings All Day Wong. Two of my faves, macraons and dumplings! I’ve been itching to give some macarons a try, It was on my to-do list before going on vacation. No, as you can tell by my blog, I didn’t get to it before leaving. After snatching up this little gem by Pierre Herme you can bet that it won’t be long before I get around to giving them a try in my own kitchen.
I’m excited to try my hand at some new dumpling recipes, I love dumplings. I like making my Fast Super Easy Potstickers all the time and I always love adding something new to my dumpling staples. After a recent trip for some Dim Sum In Chinatown, I have a new dumpling I want to try my hand at making from scratch in my kitchen.
At this point, the rest of the people in my party were ready to leave. I was not. Not by a long shot. I wanted to staaaaaaayyyyy.
I’m pretty sure had I been able to stay longer, I would have been getting rid of some of my clothing to make room in my suitcase for all the cookbooks I know would have come home with me. In the end, it was likely a good thing I had a short visit to this wonderful cookbook store. I didn’t end up spending more money than I should have, I left with two new treasures and a great feeling about having just found my highlight of my trip.
I think that’s a pretty good note to end up on 🙂
If you’re in Vancouver, BC, check out Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks. 1740 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, Canada V6J 1H6. Telephone: 604-688-6755. You can check them out online at www.bookstocooks.com
I was handed an Events calendar on my way out, they knew I was from away, but were kind enough to provide me with this little gem anyway. Just reading the back made me smile. Lots of author chats, nibbling and cookbooks all wrapped into one. I would have loved to attend them all.
Hands down, probably the best bookstore I’ve ever had the pleasure of discovering. It made me wish I lived in Vancouver and it made me wish I worked there!