Kitchen Arts & Letters Has a ‘Special Reserve’ Section in Its Basement

Nach Waxman
Nach Waxman Photo: Brad Paris

The Forward is taking a behind-the-scenes look at UES shop Kitchen Arts & Letters, the cookbook emporium beloved by chefs (and where David Chang is baller-in-chief). The tour starts upstairs, where new and rare books are kept, and moves to the private basement shelves where owner Nach Waxman keeps a special reserve of even rarer books, including a like-new hardcover of Marco Pierre White’s influential White Heat. “This book would be gone in 15 minutes if I put it out on the floor upstairs,” Waxman tells the paper, “I don’t want to sell it to someone who’s going to put it on their shelf like a bowling trophy, but perhaps to someone who’s interested in post–World War II English cooking, to whom this would mean something.” [Jewish Daily Forward]