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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published June 25th 2011

I normally give you advice on things you can do to take you away from the environs of the house. This time I want to tell you about a place that will keep you in it - especially one particular room - the kitchen.

Books For Cooks is a bookshop first and foremost, located just off Portobello Road in London's famous Notting Hill area. This isn't a typical bookshop however, though the walls are stacked high with recipe books of all types and varieties. At the back of the store is a test kitchen area, where recipes are put into practice.

Naturally, the shop smells divine, thanks to all the practice that goes on, with customers allowed to become gourmets and sample the wares once they have been made. Famous celebrity chefs such as one of the 'Fat Ladies' Clarissa Dickson Wright have started off their careers here, and people have been hired just through visiting and being enthusiastic about food, so as you can see, it really is quite a special place. Through the continuous experimentation that goes on here, it is unsurprising to notice that the shop now produces its own recipe books, and usually it is these recipes that can be found being brought to life right before your eyes.

For those who want to take things a little bit more seriously, there is a purpose built demonstration kitchen upstairs, where people can come along and try out a variety of different cookery courses from a host of different chefs and cooks. All you need to do is look at the programme and decide what you want to have a try at, pay the money, and away you go.

All in all, if it's a recipe book you want, you won't be disappointed, but expect to come away with so much more, and also expect to be heading back in the shops direction once again very soon - you won't be able to resist your nose.

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Why? To see the recipe you want brought to life right before you
When: Most Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 6pm, check website for holidays
Where: 4 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 1NN
Cost: Depends what you want to buy
This place looks great! I'm an avid cook and baker, and even though I don't use them half as much as I should (I usually stick to the same old recipes) I love collecting recipe books. I'm always after ones that are either filled with great pictures, or just look great. I also like the sound of the cooking demonstrations!
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Thursday, 14th of July @ 08:48 am
I agree Mike. This place is amazing...I can never decide whether I love the cooking, eating or all of those lovely, lovely recipe books the best!
By Kym Hamer - senior reviewer
Friday, 15th of July @ 08:52 pm
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