Eat Your Words  

When the library visits or dinner menu at home starts to get stale, take the whole family to Omnivore Books on Food, the new San Francisco’s cookbook store bound to whet everyone’s appetites. What better way to reinvigorate passion for both reading and cooking (not to mention provide some family bonding) than recreating a delicious recipe for chocolate mousse?
This curious culinary shop is filled with everything from the latest cookbook releases to more obscure antiquarian books on food and drink from the nineteenth century. A shelf of great cookbooks for kids covers the range from preschool (Molly Katzen’s Pretend Soup is a surefire hit) to teenagers (they have about two dozen books suited to this age range).  It’s become a popular stop for world-famous chefs too, with everyone from Thomas Keller to Alice Waters stopping by for a booksigning event and to peruse the interesting collection.
Chef star power may not inspire the kids to eat broccoli, but helping them find the right recipe for it may!  And best of all, browsing the books at Omnivore is both entertaining and educational for everyone—a lesson in grammar, fractions, and food knowledge all at the same time!  Who knows, an afternoon here could be just the activity that inspires Junior to become a classically trained French chef, voila!
Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street (at Church St.), 415.282.4712.

—Sarah K. Choi