About The Store and Its People
Kitchen Arts & Letters is a New York City bookstore specializing in food and drink. The books you see listed here are our latest arrivals with a few longtime bestsellers mixed in. They are just a fragment of the more than 12,000 titles we have in stock, which come from all over the world and are in many languages. We hope you find our website useful and fun, but it’s hard to beat a visit to the store.
We opened in 1983. Julia Child, James Beard, and Laurie Colwin were among our early customers and ever since we have been helping people who are serious about food–or who want to get serious about food–find books they want, need, and will enjoy. Today our customers include Michelin three-star chefs from around the world and neighborhood home cooks who want to put a good dinner on the table.
Our store is much more than cookbooks. We carry a range of food history and scholarship, a deep selection of operations and technical manuals, and what we feel is a terrific array of great food writing. We also actively track down out-of-print and otherwise scarce books for our customers. All that’s to say, if you don’t see what you want among the books on this site, please call or email us.
Our phone number is 212-876-5550; you can write to email@example.com
Nach Waxman, Founding Partner
Nach opened Kitchen Arts & Letters in 1983, having previously worked in book publishing for eighteen years. Most of his time during the 21st century was devoted to KAL’s out-of-print business. Although he enjoyed nearly every aspect of the world of food, he particularly relished food history and culture, which is reflected in the store’s substantial stock in those areas. His cooking passion was the many cuisines of India, although he was more than casually interested in Jewish food traditions as well. He was a member of the James Beard Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Sadly, he passed away in August, 2021 and is deeply missed.