Good Reading : October 2010
52 goodreading ı OCTOBER 2010 It's hard to believe we have been booksellers for 10 years. Most days we still pinch ourselves and wonder, like Pinocchio, whether one day Books for Cooks will grow up and be a real bookshop. Perhaps we are almost there, but we still dream that we have a bit more growing up to do and it's a lovely dream to have. Ten years ago we were bibliophiles and cooks, safely employed as a lawyer and kitchen manager, when on a whim we answered a small ad buried among the shipping reports in the Saturday paper, and an hour later we had a very sore credit card and about 6000 mostly secondhand cookbooks. We quickly found a home in Gertrude St, Fitzroy, (one of inner Melbourne's quirkiest destination shopping streets), and opened 3½ days a week between other jobs. Our friends and family were equally excited and aghast at our 'folly'.Today we are open seven days a week, have four rooms full of books about wine and food, as well as a workroom and storage area bursting with stock -- with more new (and old) titles ar riving every day. Our passion for books and interest in bookselling was for med over many years as regular customers of new and old bookstores, but particularly Readings Carlton and Antony Marshall's Alice's Bookshop in North Carlton. Both of fully booked cooking the books TIM WHITE tells us what it’s like to leave your safe employment to follow your dreams.