Interview – Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks

Whenever I feel the need to escape from life for a few hours and truly unwind, I don’t head to the nearest spa or sit by the beach with a novel. Nope. Instead I head over to what has become my own personal utopia: Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks. Located in Vancouver, this store houses everything and anything to do with cookbooks including books for professionals and beginners, rare and out-of-print books, and culinary periodicals from around the world. The store’s owner, Barbara-Jo McIntosh, designed the store to be an epicurean’s delight where food lovers and cooks of all abilities would find inspiration. An award-winning food professional with over 25 years experience in the food and hospitality industry, Barbara-Jo served on the prestigious James Beard Awards cookbook selection committee for six years. In 2003, Vancouver Magazine honoured her with a lifetime achievement award for her many contributions to the local culinary scene.

From the moment I step through the doors of this cookbook lover’s domain, I start to relax. The welcoming vibe of the store allows me to temporarily forget all of my stresses, and languidly browse books while enjoying a cup of complimentary tea. The focal point of the shop is the fully-equipped kitchen, where cooking classes and demonstrations feature recipes from new and notable books. I have yet to sign-up for a cooking class, but am determined to make it happen this year.

Recently I had an opportunity to chat with Barbara-Jo.

Our topic? Cookbooks. Duh.

To read the entire interview with Barbara-Jo McIntosh, click here.