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Books for Cooks

sundeck sue | May 12, 201502:44 PM

We travel to London from the US around once a year. A highlight of every trip: a pilgrimage to Books for Cooks on Blenheim Crescent.

Last year, something seemed off. Fewer books. Fewer customers. A sense of what--anxiety?--in the air.

Even though I felt like I should buy something, I didn't get that old excitement (Back when Mike's was a trad working-class "caf," I'd haul my purchases there, order a mug of their strong, tannic tea and a jam roll with custard sauce, and page through the latest Sophie Grigson--and life didn't get much better).

I returned to Books for Cools this week. Felt the same as last year. Made me sad.

Another case of a great bookstore being "Amazon-ized"? Something else going on? Tell me I'm imagining problems that aren't there? What's up?

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