Kitchen Witch

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Wedding Kitchen Witch sign outside

I stumbled across this list of the best cookbook stores in the world.  I don’t mean book stores with good cookbook sections, I mean bookstores that only sell cookbooks.  In other words, heaven on earth to all of us cookbook collectors.  As I scanned the list, I discovered Kitchen Witch in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  Lucky me; I was leaving for New Orleans for my daughter’s wedding the next week.  Kitchen Witch would be the first cookbook store on my bucket list.  I picked a good one.  Come on in.

Wedding Kitchen Witch sign with lights

The first thing I wanted to do was smile and giggle.  There is no store like Kitchen Witch.  I fell in love with it instantly.  It has sparkly lights and looks sort of like my own Culinary Cellar in progress.  I am going to add sparkly lights to my ceiling when I get home.

Wedding Kitchen Witch stove

I also need to find an old stove.  Cookbooks just belong there, don’t you think?

Wedding Kitchen Witch fireplace

Kitchen Witch even makes their own line of spices and other items.

I was feeling like a kid in a candy store, and it must have been obvious because I struck up a conversation with Debbie Lindsey, one of the owners, and when I told her I wrote a cookbook blog and then babbled on how much I loved her store, she gave me a hug.  I never wanted to leave this 1830 era store on Toulouse Street.

Wedding Kitchen Witch church cookbook sign closer up

The way to find church cookbooks, or apparently an exit to New York City.

Wedding Kitchen Witch cookbooks on shelf

Shelves like this are all over the store.  Dinty Moore Stew optional.

Wedding Kitchen Witch recipe box

I probably spent ten minutes looking through this recipe box.

Wedding Kitchen Witch required reading sign

Required reading…

Wedding Kitchen Witch art with books

If you can take your eyes off the cookbooks for a second, look up and view the art work.  It’s all over the store.  I found at least six paintings I wanted to take home.

Wedding Kitchen Witch chef paintings by books

And of course you can buy an actual kitchen witch.

Wedding Kitchen Witches for sale

Cookbook-only stores are a labor of love.  Owners Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa look forward to your visit, they say, “by phone/email/spirit/carrier pigeon.”  They obviously love what they do and will bend over backwards to help you.  You can get free services such as cookbook searches, ideas, advice, and recipes.  Yes, all free and offered with a big heart, and if you’re lucky, a hug from Debbie.

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8 Responses to Kitchen Witch

  1. May 23, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    This is just fantastic! I love stores like this where you just get lost in the moment. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more cookbook store visits!

    • May 23, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks, Brett! Coming up next is one is San Francisco!

  2. May 24, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Come to PA and we will go to the Cook Book stall at Reading Terminal Market

    • May 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

      I’m ready, Lisa!

  3. May 25, 2014 at 5:52 am #

    I would LOVE an entire day in that store!!

    • May 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

      Me, too, Amy! I wish I could have!

  4. April 28, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    Hi Debbie! I have never heard of a cookbook store. I would love love love to go!!! I would never want to leave! I’m in Conroe and as far as I know there aren’t any down here. But I am going to research it anyway! Thanks Debbie!

    • April 28, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      Lisa, there are not many cookbook-only stores left in the country, unfortunately! As far as I know, there are not any in Texas that are just cookbooks. If there are, I hope someone tells me so I can write about it! The nearest one to you would be Kitchen Witch in New Orleans. It’s fabulous! I was at the original location and they have since moved, but I would love to go to the new location one of these days.

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