If you’re like us, you can never have too many cookbooks. With a well-stocked bookshelf of cooking inspiration, family dinner is a snap! Dinner parties? A joy! School pot luck? No sweat! Sure you could browse the cooking section of your local book megastore to feed your cookbook habit. But trust us, you’ll have way more fun at Book Larder, the recently opened cookbook store in Fremont that also offers fun activities (and of course, books) for kids.

The Scoop:
They have a fantastic selection of new and vintage cookbooks, plus an entire section devoted to kids’ cookbooks. Browsing their shelves is reason enough to visit, but Book Larder is about more than just cookbooks. With a full kitchen, the store doubles as an event space for cooking classes, author readings, and other foodie events. Peeking at their upcoming events calendar calendar, we noticed everything from a kids’ cooking class based on Alice Water’s book, Fanny at Chez Panisse, (ages 8-12, $45 includes lunch) to a book signing with the authors of The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook (free, plus they’ll be making Halloween treats from the book) to a book group led by local author, Tara Austen Weaver.


More Reasons to Go:
We love giving cookbooks as gifts. At Book Larder, you can find an obscure vintage cookbook for a foodie friend or a fun kids’ cookbook for a child’s birthday. And if you find yourself stuck in a dinnertime rut, what better place for inspiration than a cookbook store?

If All That Cook Book Shopping is Making You Hungry…
Stop by Dot’s Delicatessen next door for some of the most delicious deli and butcher shop items in town. Known for their house-made sausages made with locally farmed meats, Dot’s has everything you need for a take out lunch or dinner, plus a small dine-in seating area if you just can’t wait.


Insider Tip:
Follow Book Larder on Facebook and Twitter, and you might just catch them cooking up a special treat to share, like this Blueberry Cornmeal Skillet Cake they made from the Vintage Cakes cookbook.

Have you been to Book Larder? What did you think?

— Heidi Unruh