Short and sweet today...I am a VERY sad chef. I was in Los Angeles over the past weekend and was terribly saddened to hear of the demise of one of my favorite places in the city.
The Cook's Library is closing down after 20 years of serving chefs, home cooks, and collectors. I used to go there at least once a week and they received about a 20% share of my weekly salary. Other than Kitchen Arts And Letters NYC, no store that I have EVER been to carried the extensive inventory of books on and about cookery. I am sad to see them go.
You should know that it was a sign of the times. As I walked down third street, in West Hollywood, just past the Beverly Center, I was struck by all of the "For Rent' signs. approximately 1/3 of the storefronts are closed along that strip of land. Sad.
Now where am I going to spend all of my cookbook budget?