Yesterday, Colin and I spent the evening at a cookbook class at Lincoln Park's magical Read It & Eat shop. For those of you who have not yet been inside the most wonderful of shops, Read It & Eat is a delight. A local (and woman-owned!) business, the RI&E (if I may be so bold) functions as a cozy bookstore and then ups its charm exponentially when you realize that it makes a name for itself by selling only cookbooks, food memoirs, and chef biographies: in short, it is a place where I could happily curl up and read until I die.
Oh, and did I mention that they can teach classes because the shop is also outfitted with a commercial grade and drop-dead gorgeous kitchen? YEAH. Talk about the icing on the cake. In that kitchen is where we learned how to make barbecued carrots, mussels in sour beer, frites with an egg on top, and a mouth-wateringly spiced chicken -- all from The Publican's Cheers to the Publican, Repast and Present cookbook. And if you think I didn't get suckered into buying the gorgeous cookbook after finishing the class, you are very, very wrong. I mean, come on, they offered a discount...
Will I be back again? Of course. It's a bookstore filled with books about food. Should you check it out? Yes, yes, you should. Will I be cooking recipes from that cookbook for the foreseeable future? Again, YES.
Read It & Eat, 2142 N Halsted Street