Books for Cooks is an independent bookshop, owned by cooks and lovers of food and books committed to stocking the best books on food and wine. We are Australia’s only retail store specialising exclusively in new and old books about wine, food and the culinary arts.Add Books for Cooks to your Melbourne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Melbourne road trip website.
We are members of The Australian Booksellers Association, the Australian & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers,
…our bookshop is part of the Queen Victoria Market and houses
over 40,000 new, old, vintage & antiquarian books; from the 1780s to the latest releases including
food history, sociology and science;
wine, spirits, cocktails, coffee, tea and other beverages,
kitchen gardens and food production,
food and wine guides
foreign language cookbooks,
hospitality, restaurant and catering management, restaurant design
and much much more!
…Books for Cooks opened in Wattletree Rd, Melbourne in 1985 and for many years was run by Margit & Pearl as a part-time labour of love.
In 2000, Tim & Amanda realised a long held dream and bought a tiny bookshop about wine and food and moved it to Gertrude St Fitzroy. In 2015 having run out of room... Books for Cooks moved to the Queen Victoria Markets.
provide a free search service for hard-to-find or out-of-print cookbooks – just ask!
mail promptly and safely throughout the world at cost
accept online Visa & MasterCard
accept instore all cards including American Express and Diners. We also accept direct payments and eftpos.
have lay-by arrangements (4 weeks, 20% deposit – terms apply)
issue gift vouchers that don’t expire (any value)
can arrange valuations and appraisals
provide quotes and a replacement service for insurance claims for lost cookbooks
purchase all good books about wine and food – just ask!
If you are a library or educational institutions please ask about the special services and arrangements we can provide your organisation
For us, avid food lovers, cooks and cookbook collectors for years, owing a cookbook shop has been a long cherished dream. Cookbooks clutter our house and dining table and if we are not reading one, we are usually cooking from another.
Books for Cooks Reviews
You can tell as soon as you enter this store that the owners love cook books. Whenever I visit Melbourne I try to visit this store as it has the most comprehensive collection of cookbooks, old as... more »
I really value the ability to find an out-of-print book by an author I value and, where it’s not on the shelf, to ask the owner to find me a copy. I’m amazed by the speed of the turnaround, too. more »
An absolute Aladin's Cave for anyone interested in food. Tim has curated a peerless collection of modern top sellers and older classics. All major cuisines represented and some surprising niches. This is a confluence of deep passion and know how. Come here to browse, find and seek advice.
Amazing little shop with all kinds of books around the topics of cooking, baking, food and drinks; from all areas of the world, and with a selection that goes from vintage rare-to-find (maybe nostalgic to some) to modern day. The location next to the market makes it ideal to check it out while shopping or visiting the market.
Plan your trip to Melbourne
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Melbourne
See all ›
Hidden gems in Melbourne
See all ›
Parks in Melbourne
Nearby attractions in Melbourne
Duration: 3h 30 min
Duration: 1h 30 min
Duration: 8 hours
Duration: 8 hours
Plans to Books for Cooks by other users
43 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 6 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, popular sights Preferences: November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 19 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, beaches, shopping, popular sights Preferences: November, beaches, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 44 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS November, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights Preferences: November, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, teens, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular sights Preferences: November, teens, outdoors, beaches, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium