Read it and Eat: Cookbook Stores

Last Updated September 29, 2014
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It's often noted that San Francisco has the highest per capita consumption of both alcohol and books. While we might quibble with the alcohol honor, we proudly claim the title of the city that buys more book per capita than any other city. Here's our roundup of the best bookstores for cooks looking to pad their recipe collection with new, old, or classic titles.

Omnivore Books on Food

Why We Love It: Besides the perfectly curated selection of recently released cookbooks and extensive assortment of backlist titles, there's the cartons of pastured eggs for sale on the counter from Celia's neighbors...
|3885 Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 282-4712

Green Apple Books

Why We Love It: Picture a huge wall of cookbooks. And then picture more than that. Green Apple is one of San Francisco's best loved bookstores complete with creaky wooden stairs and vast collection of ethnic masks...
|506 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 387-2272

City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

Why We Love It: City Lights Bookstore still holds down the fort as the last bastion of the Beats in San Francisco. An iconic landmark to the free speech movement, City Lights is still a must-visit for any literary...
|261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA, us
| (415) 362-8193

Book Passage

Why We Love It: Whether its baby octopus, beef bone marrow or fresh baby corn, there is no doubt a recipe to match these adventurous ingredients somewhere on the cookbook shelves of the Book Passage. A nicely curated...
|1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Bldg #42, , San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 835-1020

Bookshop West Portal

Why We Love It: West Portal is one of those hidden San Francisco neighborhoods, complete with a Muni train track running right down the middle of the avenue. It's an old-fashioned retail strip that boasts a movie...
|80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA, us
|(415) 564-8080
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