Simply, I adore listening to Nigella.

Last night I arrived home after a long but exhilarating day with Nigella Lawson.   When a friend telephoned to make sure I was safely tucked into my nest, I told him I was indeed ready to retire and I had just plastered my hair with COCONUT OIL.  He roared with laughter, I giggled.  We both know I have never had hair like Nigella's, never will have hair like Nigella, but Nigella does the Coconut oil nightly ritual, and now I will too.

I loved meeting Nigella, listening to Nigella, and was over the moon with the response from the guests who gathered to join me in welcoming Nigella into our lives.   Both events we hosted sparkled with a particular style.  We served tea in the shop while Sheryl MacKay interviewed Madame for her CBC North by Northwest radio show.  Our Adrienne set Nigella up for her demo, and made enough of the "Sweet Potato and Chickpea Dip"  for all 60 guests to enjoy.

The Vancouver Club tickled our elegant fancy with Champagne and appetisers after we were entertained by Nigella.  Nigella gave everyone a special moment while she personalized 165 books, phew!  And all those photos!  Everyone wanted their memory with Nigella to last and last and last......

What a day, what a night.  Nigella, you are a woman hungry for life.  I thank you for making the journey to be with us.  And for allowing us to feel we are in the kitchen with you, accessible to your glamour, your warmth and your wonderful taste.

Perfect Pairings: Books 📚 and Authors ✒


Our evening with Nigella is almost fully booked...

Give us a bell at 604-688-6755 to book(end).

Do you like cheese with your wine?

Not only has James Nevison consented to come to the shop to promote his new version of "Had a Glass", the evening will have a very French theme. James will choose five French wines for us to sample, and Allison Spurrell from Les Amis du Fromage, will choose five French cheeses to pair with the fine wine.

Please join us for this evening of Wine and Cheese pairing;

educational, delicious and a whole lot of fun.

Friday, November 27, 2015

6:00pm 7:30pm

Cost: $55.00, includes a personalized copy of "Had a Glass - 2016".

Winter/Spring 2016 event announcements coming soon...

Poetry 👴 - Apples 🍎 - Yum 🍴 - True North 🍁

This Weekend's Activities at Books to Cooks...


Poetry - Apples - YUM - True North

November 6th 6-7:30pm


What a team they be! Bill Richardson writing, and Roxanna Bikadoroff's exhilarating illustrations.

Please join us for delightful evening of poetry, chatter and refreshments.

Cost of this evening is $35.00 and will include a personalized copy of: "The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps" Poems of the Late Middle Ages.

November 7th 1-4pm

AN APPLE A DAY Still works for me!

Pop in to the shop today to sample one of nature's most tempting treats. From the orchards of Oyama, B.C. we will sample a variety of our home-bred and grown. I sure hope there is a McIntosh in the mix! (ha ha)

November 7th 2-4pm

YUM: Plant Based Recipes for a Gluten Free Diet - Book Launch

Theresa Nicassio, PhD has created a book full of mouthwatering delights that everyone will love, even those with lactose intolerance, celiac disease, diabetes, or other health challenges.

Theresa designed YUM to empower you with information and life-enhancing tips for deliciously pleasurable living.

Please join us today to celebrate with Theresa as she launches her new Yummy book.

November 8th 3-5pm

Derek Dammann: TRUE to his NORTH

It is always wonderful to host chefs from here that have gone away and done good. Derek traveled to Europe, worked with Jamie Oliver's "Fifteen" moved to Montreal, opened Maison Publique and has never looked west again. But he has come west to share his stories and promote a wonderful new book.

This afternoon we offer you a cookbook social with Derek Dammann and his co-author Chris Johns. Please join us for a demo, story telling reception and booksigning.


Please note: We have posted the dates for our Winter-Spring Eating Between the Leaves reading clubs HERE



CBC's Sheryl Mackay Interviews Alexander McCall Smith over Brunch

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most beloved guests of CBC Radio's North by Northwest.  The best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series and the 44 Scotland Street series is a charming, delightful and hilarious man.  And now you have a chance to meet him yourself!  North by Northwest, Books to Cooks and Random House have created a unique contest event.  Six people will win 2 tickets each to have brunch with Sandy at Books to Cooks next Saturday November 7, while Sheryl MacKay chats with him about his latest books and more.

Gracious "Goodness" at Books to Cooks!


** Gracious, GOODNESS

On Thursday, October 22, the Neal brothers will be in shop to celebrate the publication of a book titled: "GOODNESS".

37 good food fighters from across Canada, chefs, entrepreneurs, growers, and food activists have contributed their stories to the book. Contributors from our community include Andrea Carlson, chef & owner of Burdock., Andrew George, chef & educator, Vikram Vij, restauranteur extraordinaire, and Ned Bell, executive chef, Four Seasons.

Neal Brothers Foods is a happy and tasty food company in Ontario whose primary motive for existence is to ensure everyone should be able to access good healthy food and eat well. Brothers Peter and Chris are the founders of this reputable company and are proud supporters of Community Food Centres Canada, an organization committed to bringing people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food.

Please join us in this celebration. The brothers will present their book and philosophy for contributing to a healthy community.

Local chefs Jennifer Peters and Hamid Saliman will be preparing the refreshments. Proceeds of the cookbook sales will be donated to the Community Food Centres of Canada.

Cost is $45 and includes a tasty reception and personalized copy of "GOODNESS".

 Please note, our shop hours have been updated for the autumn season:

** Sunday & Monday - Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday & Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Book Up Your Fall 📖 🍃

Book Up Your Fall - 604.688.6755


An Oyster Fete for the VSO! Join us on September 11^th, 6pm to 8pm. Sip wine, slurp oysters and meet the author of Meet Paris Oyster, Mireille Guiliano, straight from Paris. Tickets: $100 each—includes wine, oysters and a personalized copy of Mireille’s newest publication. You may know Mireille as the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure. Call 604.688.6755 to register or for more information. Proceeds from this event donated to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

** Join Us!

There is limited space left for our coveted Fall offering of the Eating Between the Leaves Bookclub. Come join us for four sessions. Each evening includes a wonderful meal, a casual discussion, and a deep anticipation of the next event. SESSION BEGINS SEPTEMBER 23rd Please call 604.688.6755 to register or for more information.

Vanessa Vega Cruz and her family are immersed in the extensive olive tree region in La Loma Spain. Vanessa will educate us on Olive Oil, the truth, the glory and ideas about olive oil.

Vanessa and Glenys will also prepare us lunch, recipes that are accentuated when prepared with a delicious olive oil.

The cost of this event is $95 and includes a detailed education, your lunch and a bottle of Cortijo SPIRITUSANTO Olive Oil. * Sunday, September 20, 2015

Curtis Luk, chef of Mission, a new restaurant on the Fourth Avenue, will be cooking for us this evening from the book that has been a great inspiration to his menu at Mission.

Manresa, An Edible Reflection the book, and restaurant of the same name in California by David Kinch, has been very popular with the creative chefs of our town. Curtis is prepared to inspire us with his menu tonight.

Cost of this event: $120.00 and includes a copy of Manresa Cookbook.


Bookmark our Autumn Bookends 📖


Due to an overwhelming response, we have added a third session to our Autumn reading club.

Our unique Book Club marries epicurean books with literary meals. Book Club members will meet four times to share lively conversation around a different book while they enjoy a specifically themed meal, inspired by the heart of each book.

Third session begins: Wednesday, September 23rd please call 604.688.6755 to register


Back by Popular Demand...


We wrap up our year and garner strength for our holiday emotions with a dose of Delia Smith. In past years we have offered you two and sometimes three opportunities to gather around our English table. This year, we will only offer one evening to celebrate Delia's Christmas.

The cost of the evening is $150.00, includes a copy of Delia's Happy Christmas, your meal, decisive and delicious instruction by our Adrienne O'Callaghan.

We promise you a real wassail.

NOPI is a restaurant in London, England.

Last year we had the immense pleasure of hosting Yotam Ottolenghi in our shop.  The gathering was intimate, we enjoyed the recipe Yotam demonstrated while Sheryl MacKay interviewed Yotam for her charming North by Northwest radio program.   Yotam was in Vancouver to promote his fourth cookery book, Plenty More.  Two recipes I have particularly enjoyed from this latest vegetable offering are the 'Eggplant Cheesecake' and the 'Cauliflower Cake'.  I chose these recipes to try as they were unusual to me, and both preparations were  hearty and satisfying for a main meal when paired with a salad.

Another perk for me is receiving advance reading copies for the upcoming season of book publications.  A few days back, Nopi, the anticipated publication from Ottolenghi's restaurant, arrived to my shop.   I immediately took this home, have earmarked many recipes to cook once the heat subsides somewhat, allowing me to return to the hob.    Last night I did try a salad of Radish, Pink Lady Apple, and Belgium Endive.  Cooling, lovely, delicious.

If you would like to pre-order Nopi, we will extend a 15% discount.  Please telephone us at 604.688.6755.

You say TOMATO, we oblige.

The Tomato Basket by Jenny Linford and Epic Tomatoes by Craig Le Houllier.

The Tomato Basket by Jenny Linford and Epic Tomatoes by Craig Le Houllier.

Summer is officially here, and before long, the Tomato fruit will be ripe on the vine.  This past Saturday, we presented our selection for the Summer edition of the Books to Cooks Seasonal Book Experience.  Our subscribers received two books about Tomatoes, both books came with notes from the authors, and were wrapped in "The Ode to Tomatoes" -  a poem by Pablo Neruda.  "the tomato, star of the earth, recurrent and fertile star............."

Tea and a chat with Charles MacPherson

It is always pleasing to have an author saunter into the shop for a chat and restorative cuppa, especially when they have a new book to share with us.   A few years ago, we hosted a lively event with Charles - Downton Abbey style -  to celebrate his first publication; "The Butler Speaks".  Now, Charles has published "The Pocket Butler"  A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining.    This little book is both delightful and informative.  I love this quote in the introduction: "Luxury can be had by anyone at anytime, and given to anyone at anytime, because its about making someone feel welcomed, cherished and looked after."

This Autumn, we will be hosting another event with Charles, stay tuned for details.  The event promises to be memorable, and we promise not to ask you to bring your own fork and spoon! (a reference from page 68 of "The Pocket Butler").

Celebrate with our Local Talent and Guests from afar...


** As April wanes and we embrace the merry month of May, we entice you to peruse our events schedule.

** Our Newest Featured Event:

We are pleased to host an event for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia. The society has published a delightful book of recipes, stories and poems illustrating the history of the Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Community.

Please join us for an evening of food, readings, story telling and poetry. The menu, all prepared by long standing members of the society, will include recipes from "Eating Stories" A Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Potluck.

Lotus Root Chips with Five Spice Seasoning, Braised Pork Belly, Wok Fried Prawns with Snow Peas, Family Style Soy Chicken, 8 Jewel Fried Rice and Apple Tarts.

Cost: $65.00 Includes refreshments and a copy of "Eating Stories". This evening is a fundraising event promoting awareness for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia.

Please telephone 604.688.6755 to reserve for yourself and your loved ones. Click Here To View Our Upcoming Events (

** We will also be posting dates very soon for the Autumn “Eating Between the Leaves” reading club

And for you techies in the throng, we have added Instagram to our stable of social connection. We'll be sharing our events, deals, and occasional meals for you to enjoy.

Follow us @readcookeat

Books, Camera, ACTION!

Books, Camera, ACTION!

Salmagundi, is the title of the first book the participants of Barbara-Jo’s Seasonal Book Experience received on Saturday, March 21^st. We welcomed our guests into the shop, prepared and served a salad from page 156, and sent everyone home with this beautiful book by Sally Butcher. Sally lives in London, she owns and operates a Persian Food Shop and has written other cookery books that we also admire. Of course, when this book arrived into the shop this past Autumn, it was love at first sight. Our initial shipment that we brought in for this occasion is gone, but we are expecting more into the shop this week. There is still time to sign up and receive Spring's book selection! You may also enroll for future seasons at any time.

Please call our bookshop at (604)688-6755 for more information.

And for you techies in the throng, we have added Instagram to our stable of social connection. We'll be sharing our events, deals, and occasional meals for you to enjoy.

Follow us @readcookeat

** Please note we have added more events for April and May

Glenys Morgan likes Boats, Whales & the occasional Walrus  - March 29th, 5-7pm

At our Sunday social, we celebrate a recently published book from a Seattle Restaurant, A Boat, a whale & A Walrus. The recipes are delicious and approachable, the stories will delight you. I appreciate that all the ingredients in the recipes are local to Seattle and being a mere three hour excursion from where we reside, are local and sustainable for us.

Cost of the Supper, which includes a copy of A Boat, a whale & A Walrus is $120.00

Announcement: Barbara-Jo's Seasonal Book Experience

ANNOUNCEMENT: Barbara-Jo's Seasonal Book Experience

Would it not be wonderful, if four times a year, as one season evolves into another, you would open your post and find a delicious new book. My idea for this initiative is to have you purchase a subscription of $150.00 per year, and at the beginning of each season you will receive a delightful surprise, a beautiful new book, personally selected by me. The book may be full of recipes, or recipes and stories, travels with food, or a memoir from an interesting food lover. It will most certainly be something special that you may not have thought about yourself. And what a brilliant gift for a treasured family member or friend that lives to eat.

I invite you to celebrate the seasons with me. Please telephone 604-688-6755 to subscribe, Spring is just around the corner.

Yours 'til the book ends,


Ps. We will post books anywhere in the world, but if you would rather come into to fetch your new friend, we will welcome you with a lively chat and first rate cup of tea.

We all love to receive a Valentine...

We all love to receive a Valentine...

As many of you know, Arsenal Pulp Press recently published a new & revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet, orginally published in 1998. I was delighted indeed to receive this review, a very special Valentine treat for me. When I opened my email box on Tuesday morning, these words from New York found my heart warm and my countenance full of joy.

Please take a moment to read this review, featured on the Huffington Post

We have fresh new events for spring! 

Lucas is cultish about Venice

Lucas Syme, chef and proprietor of CINARA and LA PENTOLA Restaurants in Vancouver, will present this new book about a cuisine that is both amorous and delicious. So we suggest you bring your romantic selves to join us around our kitchen for a sophisticated presentation of this imaginative cuisine. 

Sarah Britton has NEW ROOTS

Sarah Britton will be at our shop to celebrate her new book, My New Roots. Sarah is a Holistic nutritionist and highly-regarded blogger who presents a refreshing and straight forward approach to sharing her love of cooking plant-based recipes.

Asian Flavors by Jean-Georges with Montgomery Lau

This evening we welcome Montgomery Lau, chef de cuisine of Vancouver's MARKET RESTAURANT in the Shangri-La Hotel. Montgomery grew up in Hong Kong, moved to Vancouver where the desire to become a chef took hold, has worked in France under chef Jean Yves Benoit, and represented B.C. at the National Chefs' Conference and won the CCFNC Challenge.

BITTER and more..............

Recently in shop, we hosted a brilliant event with Jennifer McLagan and her new book about BITTER, a taste of the World's most Dangerous Flavour.    One of the facts Jennifer educated us about has lingered long in my brain.  Carl Linnacus, a Swedish doctor and the father of animal and plant classification, who also named the source of quinine, turned his attention to taste.  He created a list of eleven basic tastes: bitter, fatty, sour, astringent, sweet, salty, sharp, viscous, insipid, aqueous, and nauseous,   I love reading information that strengthens my knowledge.

Thank you Jennifer for Bones, Fat, Oddbits and Bitter.


Read, Cook, Eat... (with us)


Join us for Bitter, a taste of the world's most dangerous flavour...

The New Year has arrived and we have already begun to READ, COOK & EAT with miraculous abandon. We have two sessions of Eating Between the Leaves this Winter/Spring and last week we gathered to collect this seasons choices. Dinner was served, ideas were exchanged and we sent each of our contented souls off with a bag full of real books. But remember, even if you are not able to be a part of these sessions, we are very happy to sell you the line-up and chat with you about the books.

Our Sunday Social Suppers are simmering along, much more will be posted as we move into the year. We are very excited to welcome Jennifer McLagan back into the shop to celebrate her 4th book. Please join us on Monday, January 26th from 5:00 – 6:00pm to join Jennifer and her home-made tonic paired with another refreshing fluid substance

Reading, Cooking and Eating our way into the NEW YEAR

There is always much to think about as the year begins, and after a very hectic Autumn and December,  I resolve to read and cook slower, and eat slowly.   For the Winter, we have closed the shop on Monday, altered the hours on the other days a wee bit, and as I post events for the Winter and Spring, my thoughts are leaning toward the course of health and comfort.   To compliment my desire of gentle pleasure,  I am  looking forward to January 17th, when the "Hot Chocolate Festival" begins.   A whole month of adventuring into participating venues to sample their creations.  How lovely is this idea, a small festival celebrating the ritual and tradition of this most comforting drink.  You can find more information at

Happy New Year and here's to embracing the challenges of 2015 with joyful enthusiasm.

Here's to the Merry Pudding Season!

Dear friends,

It's that time of year again. We are beginning to feel the familiar pull of the past, present and future that comes to mind every Christmas.

We are so thankful for the past year- another one full of events with inspiring authors and chefs both in our shop and offsite. We are also getting excited for what lies ahead in 2015. We've posted some events on our online schedule with many more to come in the next few weeks. And while all these thoughts are swirling about, we are also trying to remember to be present, here and now. There is so much to enjoy in this season.

We look forward to sharing our festivities with you! 

Eating Between the Leaves

Our unique Book Club marries epicurean books with literary meals. During the Winter/Spring 2015 season, our Book Club members will meet five times to share lively conversation around a different book while they enjoy a specifically themed meal, inspired by the heart of each book.

Due to popular demand, we are hosting two "editions" of our Book Club. The first is sold out, but we still have space remaining in the second. Both groups will meet together for the first evening's opening reception.

 Shop to Support The Cultch 

December 11, 5-8 p.m.

Come one, come all! Tonight, 11% of all sales made between 5-8 p.m.will go to the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, affectionately known as "The Cultch".

We'll have carols around the shop piano and Christmas readings to add a note of festive cheer to your Christmas shopping this evening too.