For cookbook fanciers who yearn for not just the hottest new restaurant or James Beard–nominated works, but also beautiful old bindings, amusing recipe collections from decades past, and witty dustwrappers that beg to be displayed like the works of art they are, Omnivore Books on Food is the place. Veteran antiquarian bookseller Celia Sack has painted the walls of a onetime butcher shop (check out the sculptural overhead rack, once used for hanging sides of beef) a lovely shade of gold, installed massive white-painted bookcases, and filled the shelves with a stunning assortment of the newest (signed Alice Waters and Eric Ripert cookbooks) and the oldest (precious volumes including vintage restaurant guidebooks and illustrated tomes on everything from animal husbandry to housekeeping). Omnivore also offers a full program of in-store events, including book signings (sometimes with tastings!) and academic discussions. It's a destination not just for foodies, but also for book and design lovers of all stripes.
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