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Downtown Central Library’s restaurant offers a mixed bag

Restaurant Review: Cookbook Bar & Cafe

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Location: TX-Austin

Story Date: 12/21/2018

Publisher: The Austin Chronicle   

Author: Melanie Haupt

Walking into Cookbook, the counter-service cafe located in the new Central Library, is a bittersweet experience for me, as it's home to the extensive cookbook collection of my friend and mentor, Virginia B. Wood. After her passing, my friends and fellow Chronicle food writers spent hours sorting, packing, unpacking, and cataloging her enormous menagerie, from low-budget community cookbooks compiled by church ladies to glossy productions written by celebrity chefs. We sat in the dining room at Cookbook before it opened, plucking personalized notes from authors and recipes written in Virginia's script from between the book covers before handing them over to the restaurant's custody. It would be a little too woo-woo to say that Virginia's spirit is there, but certainly part of her legacy is, which is why this review is somewhat difficult to write.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: Review of a Place