about our bookstore

Books for Cooks Whisk

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About Books for Cooks

We are Australia’s independent, award winning specialist culinary bookstore right in the heart of Melbourne; run by cooks & lovers of good food.  We sell exclusively new, old, vintage & antiquarian books on wine, food & the culinary arts.  On any given day we have over 40,000 cookery books & food & wine titles in stock.

Books for Cooks opened in Wattletree Rd, Melbourne in 1983 and for many years was run by Margit & Pearl as a part-time labour of love.

In early 2000, Tim & Amanda realised a long held dream and bought a tiny bookstore about wine and food and moved it to Gertrude St Fitzroy.

After 16 years in ‘funky’ Gertrude St, Books for Cooks had outgrown its Fitzroy home and moved to the Munro Buildings in the Queen Victoria Market.  In 2018 with the beginning of the Queen Victoria Market renewal program we moved to the Heritage listed Market shops at 115-1212 Victoria Street, Queen Victoria Market

Unlike a general bookstore, Books for Cooks stocks antiquarian and vintage books as well as the latest new books on food, wine and cooking.  Our oldest books are from the late 18th century.  We also stock food related ephemera, pamphlets and menus.

Our Services

We:

  • provide a free search service for hard-to-find or out-of-print cookbooks – just ask!
  • ship worldwide
  • offer lay-by (4 weeks, 20% deposit – terms apply)
  • issue gift vouchers that don’t expire (any value)
  • can arrange valuations and appraisals for cookbook collections
  • provide quotes and a replacement service for insurance claims for lost cookbooks
  • buy all good books about wine and food – again just ask!

If you are a library or educational institutions please ask about the special services and arrangements we can provide.

About Tim & Amanda

For us, avid food lovers, cooks and cookbook collectors for years, owning a culinary bookstore was a long cherished dream. Cookbooks clutter our house and dining table and if we are not reading one, we are usually cooking from another.

Amanda has worked as a professional cook, caterer, cake maker and kitchen manager. Her particular passion is baking but she will give anything a go!

Tim, a former lawyer, is passionate about wine, food and books (not necessarily in that order).  He has worked in restaurants, pubs and the food industry.  Tim is an avid bibliophile and he has long had an interest in the history, socoiology, science and literature of food. His particular passions are European peasant food and wine. Tim has also written an occasional column in The Age – Epicure on food history.

All our staff (currently Sarah & Tracy) are keen cooks who have worked or work in hospitality or the food industry and who read cookbooks every day.

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