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Here in Toronto, we love the Cookbook Store. In Vancouver, we love Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, and a recent missive from her explains why.  With her permission, I share it here:

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Our     Mission(ary) Statement:

Barbara-Jo’s     Books to Cooks began with the idea that cookbooks deserve a place all their     own. A place where everyone     from home cooks to international members of the culinary community could     gather to celebrate the pleasures of the table. For 16 years, we’ve been a     proud supporter of cookbooks and – more importantly – the people who     continue to love them.

We believe in the tangible delight of turning a page. Just     as we believe that a collection of recipes or a cooking class is a gift     that deserves to be properly savoured. We believe that speed and efficiency     can happily co-exist with a deeply felt sense of tradition. Most of all, we     believe in the enduring power of the cookbook.

After a while, your best-loved cookbooks develop a certain patina.     Like a love note pressed between the pages of another time, they bear the     happy scars of distant celebrations. A spilled dash of flour from a long     lost Thanksgiving, the handwritten reminder that your old Valentine has an     allergy. A worthy cookbook has worked hard to earn a lasting place in your     life. And, at Barbara-Jo’s, we like to think we have as well.  

We’ve seen many changes over the years. Among them, a     world where the lure of instant communication is constantly threatening to     overshadow the power of true connection. Now, more than ever, we feel that     making personal service a priority is the best way to do business.

We enjoy talking to our customers and getting to know them.     Over the years, many of them have become friends and we’ve come to value     their support beyond words. Together, we have made a pact to share our     lives through the mutual love of books and food.

All of this takes time. And it has not been an easy journey. But every day     is touched with a kind of magic. Here, we are surrounded by the cherished     weight of ideas. The endless possibilities of a good book opened to     thoughts of family, friends and the joys of celebration.

What have we learned? That an open cookbook demands an open heart.     And an open heart is the best recipe of all.


We     look forward to seeing you in the bookshop, and we hope you will enjoy our     virtual communications as well. 



Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks

1740 West 2nd Avenue Vancouver,     British Columbia, Canada V6J 1H6

?Telephone  604-688-6755       Fax 604-688-6759
Shop Hours

Sundays     and Mondays 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays to Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



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