Epicurean bookstore Kitchen Arts & Letters, which carries over 12,000 books from around the world, is taking up residence at the Park South Hotel library.
Known for its early followers, which included Julia Child, James Beard, and Laurie Colwin, the bookstore is opening its new outpost alongside the renovated hotel’s four new restaurants, by James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman and his wife, Nancy Cushman.
The 400-square-foot library will carry almost 100 limited edition and rare books from around the world and in different languages.
Curious perusers might find, for example, “Lost Recipes of Prohibition,” which details the reconstruction a bootlegger’s notebook found in a library; the out-of-print “Essential Cuisine” from three-Michelin-star chef Michel Bras; or “Butter in Ireland,” a historical study from the Cork Butter Museum.
“The collection isn’t about simply making people feel at home in the lobby—it is about giving them a reason to linger, and to feel like new worlds are opening up for them each time,” said Matt Sartwell, managing partner of Kitchen Arts & Letters, in a press release. “We selected books that challenged expectations or offered surprising views of a cuisine or a country.”
More books will be added in the fall and winter.
Kitchen Arts & Letters
Park South Hotel library
124 E. 28th St. (between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue)