As soon as I walked down the stairs into the cookbook-crammed basement, my eyes widened in awe. Suddenly I was surrounded by stacks and stacks of nothing but cookbooks, mostly from the 1950’s-1970’s. I was greeted by the cheery owner, saying, “Bitte nehmen Sie Platz und lesen Sie so lange wie Sie wollen.” (Please take a seat and read as long as you want.)
For the next hour, I perused books about different main courses in the former East Germany, a Spanish encyclopedia about cooking, and (my favorite) a bread baking book from the 1970’s, earmarked with multiple tips and notes written in the margins.
If you are interested in cookbooks from decades past (and preferably have some working knowledge of German), this is a must-stop location. The books are carefully picked and the owner knows much of his stock: from the book that I did purchase, he told me to try baking the Apfeltorte (he enjoyed it). There are a few cozy seats strewn around for reading, along with the opportunity to purchase a coffee. There is a small bookcase of English-language books in the back; most French- and Spanish-language books covered French and Spanish cuisine, respectively.
(near Rosenthaler Platz: U8, M1)
Zehdenicker Straße 16
Open Monday-Friday 11-19h; Saturday 11-16h