During normal times, Kitchen Arts & Letters in New York City, and Now Serving in Los Angeles, are popular independent bookstores where cooks and chefs routinely spend hour after hour perusing new and classic books and adding to their collections.
During this time of sheltering in place, both shops are closed to in-person visitors, but remain open and vital as mail-order sources. Much as restaurants have pivoted to take-away and delivery, these popular stores are going all-in on fulfilling remote orders. Andrew speaks with Now Serving‘s co-owner Ken Concepcion and Kitchen Arts & Letters‘ managing partner Matt Sartwell about what it’s like keeping business rolling during a pandemic, what trends they’ve noticed during the shutdown, and what new titles personally excite them.
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