About Us

Tucked inside the historic Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia for over 30 years The Cook Book Stall has long been a destination for chefs, home cooks, and tourists alike.  As an idependent bookstore we specialize in carrying interesting and unique titles not readily seen in the chain stores.  With an emphasis on customer service and knowledge The Cook Book Stall is sure to help you find the perfect book whether you are a culinary veteran or entering the kitchen for the first time. 

We have been featured in "Saveur Magazine" as one of the ten best places in the world to buy a cook book!

5) THE COOKBOOK STALL (Philadelphia)
"This tiny shop has been sandwiched amid cheese-steak stands, Amish produce vendors, and Chinese take-out joints in Philadelphia's bustling Reading Terminal Market since 1980. Owner Jill Ross's eclectic collection includes local authors' works, new and classic cookbooks, and a surprising number of titles on what she admits to be one of her favorite subjects: cooking for pets." -Grace Young


      Our selection is growing everyday as we add new product daily.  Shopping huge internet retailers can be daunting as it may be hard to tell good books apart from ones you will use once then toss on the shelf.  We have over 30 years experience and we hand pick each title we carry so you can be assured that if you find it on our website, we think it has a lot of value!  We do nothing but cookbooks so our days are filled with checking out new titles.  We have also been chosen multiple times to serve as a judge to The James Beard Awards judging the cookbook category.  We also want our customers to feel free to contact us on the website with questions especially if you need help finding the perfect cookbook to start or continue your culinary adventure.  Cookbooks, it's what we do!


Please browse our selection, and make sure you stop in and see us if you find yourself in Philadelphia.