We first came here while working on a project about the history of the cookbook; the information found here was far more useful than anything at the library. On another visit, we were buying a couple of vintage 70s cookbooks with hysterical recipes and illustrations, as a gag gift for a friend who cooks. Slotnick recommended an even better one, whose recipes were more implausible. (Did any of us ever really cook that way?)Slotnick herself is a trove of culinary information. She spent years as a cookbook publisher before opening her shop, and its hard to stump her with a culinary question. Even if she doesn't know the exact answer, she knows enough to put you on the right track.
If you're not on a specific mission, the comfortable store, guarded by her elderly dog, is a fabulous place to while away an afternoon. Sometimes looking at vintage recipes is a great way to inspire your cooking mojo. Just don't blame us when you're ringing up a stack of books, with nowhere to put them!
Note: As Slotnick says on her website, the shop is usually open from 1-7 pm six days a week. But please call ahead to check for weekly variations in the hours. You can also make an appointment.
Not in NYC? Slotnick will do mail order, but she'd rather you call than email. That way she can help figure out exactly what it is that you're looking for. Helpfulness trumps expediency!