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Books for Cooks

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A cookbook for any possible type of food you want to cook! A cool store just off Portobello road... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2016
Nice selection of books

Nice selection of books for cooks. This shop has something for everyone. Not really worth to go to... read more

Reviewed September 22, 2015
Linz, Austria
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Jul 27, 2018
“My favorite shop in London”
Jul 25, 2016
Books for Cooks sells books for every cuisine. This bookshop is also known for serving fine coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
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4 Blenheim Crescent | W11, London W11 1NN, England
Notting Hill
+44 20 7221 1992
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Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

I am a bit of a cookbookaddict and this is my absolute favorite shop! They have a great selection of different kinds of cookbooks and I always find new treasures! It is small and a bit out of the way, but you can easily combine...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 329marieked
Reviewed July 25, 2016

A cookbook for any possible type of food you want to cook! A cool store just off Portobello road. If visiting the Portobello market it is worth a stop in!

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

As a proud owner of a vast array of cookbooks and an over enthusiastic baker myself, this place should have got me excited on a seismic scale...but sadly I left downtrodden and without a single one of their overpriced books! The concept is almost romantically...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank theunlikely_foodie
Reviewed October 9, 2015

For years my sister and I have been going to Books for Cooks every time we were in London because we have loved that place. Well, we won't be doing that ever again! This year we emailed in advance to make sure what time coffee/lunch...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Annette W
Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Nice selection of books for cooks. This shop has something for everyone. Not really worth to go to the area just for the shop (except if you collect cookbooks). But nice to visit during a portobello road market visit.

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank CountVanCount
Reviewed September 19, 2015

This is THE best cook book shop in the world! I have been twice on visits to London to get specialist books for gifts - for grandchildren, children, etc. Beer, wine books too.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

Books for Cooks is always a must to visit not only for the endless shelves of cookery books but also for the delicious lunches served. It does get busy and tables are filled quickly so should be taken into consideration if planning a lunch there....More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Edelweiss28
Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Went around 11am, couldn't wait to have a browse at the books and my husband was planning on making some purchases... Since it was absolutely bucketing it down outside we were quite damp and uncomfortable asked for 2 teas whilst we browsed, they said no...More

1  Thank Carly2686
Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I used to love this place, I've spent heaps on books here over the years, but visited yesterday for the first time in a while and now there are tables in the bookshop and not just out the back. It was really busy and is...More

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Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Avoid this place at all costs. Period. We arrived for lunch at noon and were denied a table for 3, however, a minute after us a table of 2 got seated! I confronted the owner and he said he doesn't have any more tables or...More

Date of experience: March 2015
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