Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks opened in 1997 and is located in the Armoury District. Barbara-jo McIntosh, the shop’s owner, envisioned an epicurean’s delight, where food lovers and cooks of all abilities would find inspiration.
Barbara-jo McIntosh is an award-winning food professional with over 25 years experience in the food and hospitality industry. Formerly the owner of the popular Vancouver restaurant Barbara-Jo's Elegant Home Cooking, she is now a passionate bookseller and supporter of the culinary arts.
Barbara-jo opened Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks in Vancouver’s Yaletown district in 1997 and in 2005 relocated to the Armoury District on 2nd Avenue. Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks is an epicureans’ delight, where food lovers and cooks of all abilities find inspiration.
Author of the bestselling Tin Fish Gourmet, Barbara-jo served on the prestigious James Beard Awards cookbook selection committee for six years. In 2003, Vancouver Magazine honoured her with a lifetime achievement award for her many contributions to the local culinary scene.
In 2004 Barbara-jo published Great Chefs Cook at Barbara-Jo's. This charming book captures the ambience of forty culinary events featuring celebrated chefs and authors with over 50 recipes contributed from their own cookbooks.
In 2010 Barbara-jo launched french apple press, an independent press whose aim is to publish unique and treasured books for likeminded culinary and book enthusiasts. French apple press released their first book in June 2010, Cooking for Me and Sometimes You; A Parisienne Romance with Recipes by Barbara-jo McIntosh. In her culinary memoir with recipes, Barbara-jo takes readers along with her as she realizes a life-long dream of spending a month living, loving, and cooking in Paris as a true Parisian.
Glenys Morgan found her first culinary hero close to home. "I realized what a good cook my Mom was when I looked at other kids' sandwiches at school and had no desire to trade whatsoever," she chuckles. Growing up on the family farm and eating at her mother's table also taught her that "what comes out of the garden, goes into thekitchen," a maxim that she now holds more dearly than ever. It's a message that wasreinforced by travelling as a young woman in Europe and Morocco, where the use of fresh local ingredients infused her cooking with a sense of spontanaeity and flexibility that classical training at Le Cordon Bleu hadn't provided.
The culinary scene that she came home to was experiencing "a rapid-fire era of change," as Glenys puts it, and she soon seized an opportunity to develop a program of classes at Calgary's Culinary Arts. A career in teaching and consulting has since led her to Granville Island's Market Kitchen, West Vancouver's Tools and Techniques, and some of the city's best restaurants and retailers, including Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks. Glenys confesses that her personal collection of cookbooks is "all over the map," consisting mainly of much-loved "odd books" she has acquired over the years.
She enjoys reading other cooks' recipes, appending them to her own knowledge and experience like one might a "fine print" footnote.
Glenys's favourite books include Italian Regional Cooking by Ada Boni and It Must Have Been Something I Ate by Jeffrey Steingarten.
We welcome you to browse the shelves and enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere. The shop has a full kitchen which is used to demonstrate recipes from new and notable cookbooks. Cooking classes are conducted right in the shop, and guest chefs and cookbook authors are often here sharing their culinary expertise.
The store is nestled in the heart of the Armoury District, fast becoming THE design district in Vancouver. We are open seven days a week with a fabulous selection of cookbooks and wine books guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.