Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2023

Thursday July 27, 2023 6:00 PM - Saturday July 29, 2023 4:00 PM


The Melbourne Rare Book Fair returns in 2023 and we are exhibiting.  We will have some wonderful rare and interesting wine, food and gastronomy items from the 18th to the 21st century.

There will be 25 Australian and International dealers with thousands of wonderful items for collectors and lovers...

Book Launch: Around the Table

Tuesday July 26, 2022

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a local Melbourne-based cook and author who often shops here at the Queen Victoria Market.

Around the Table is her latest, and largest, book following on from her highly popular Ostro (2019) and A Year of Simple Food (2020).

Her recipes draw on her Maltese heritage...

Book Launch: Weekends with Matt

Sunday July 24, 2022

On Thursday 4th August, we're celebrating the launch of Peter Coleman & Matt Fowle's "Weekends with Matt: a memoir of an unlikely friendship forged over wine"

About this event

We've always believed in the importance of sharing a table, of hospitality and conversation and the importance of wine in that...

Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2022

Wednesday June 15, 2022 12:00 AM
After a two year break due to the pandemic and strict border closures in Australia, the Melbourne Rare Book Fair returns this July ~ and we're exhibiting!

The Australian & New Zealand Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ANZAAB) is excited to announce the return of the Melbourne Rare Book Fair after a....

Fuchsia Dunlop @ Books for Cooks

Saturday March 26, 2022 - Sunday April 3, 2022

At 12.30 on Saturday 26th, March, one of our favourite authors Fuchsia Dunlop will be giving a cooking demonstration on making Mapu Tofu at the Queen Victoria Market - as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival - and afterwards Fuchsia will be at Books for Cooks for a....

And We're Open Again!

Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00 AM

We are very excited that from Saturday 30th November we will be resuming our normal trading hours and customers can browse instore again.

The bookstore has had a big clean and we have lots of new books (new and old) in stock.  Amanda & Tim are both double vaccinated.


If You Can't Beat them...

Wednesday November 25, 2020

It seems every year at this time all the hype is about 'Click Frenzy' or 'Black Friday' or 'Cyber Monday'....

To be honest, its not for us...its not how we like to sell books. 

And, we strongly believe in shopping local, but we did want to do something to celebrate...

Re-opening at Last!

Monday October 26, 2020

And we're back!  Huzzah!

Whilst its been ok to sell books online and potter around in a very quiet bookstore full of books for the past few months...nothing beats having real book lovers and real cooks instore

Starting Wednesday 28th October we'll be open to welcome you back in store.  


Lockdown 3.0

Tuesday August 4, 2020

Here we go again!

From Wednesday night 6th August, to comply with Government restrictions, Books for Cooks will closed to the public for instore sales.

We will be open for online, phone and mailorder sales.  We can deliver by post or contactless local delivery or if you are shopping at...

...this damn virus...

Friday July 10, 2020

 An Update - July 2000 - Lockdown 2.0

We ...and the Market... remain open and trading subject to some commonsense precautions.  In the market there is plenty of fresh produce and plenty of space & fresh air. 

Parking for the first hour is now free so you can shop early...