Another cookbook store closes its door

It’s always disheartening to learn of a cookbook store that has closed. This time it’s Good Egg in Toronto, Canada. The store closed last month following unsuccessful lease negotiations. “We couldn’t come to a mutually beneficial agreement with our landlord, so we’ve decided to close,” owner Mika Bareket says. Bareket would like to reopen Good Egg, but can only do so if the store can find another good lease.

Good Egg Toronto

We profiled Good Egg on our blog back in 2015, not long after Toronto’s The Cookbook Store went out of business. The closure of Good Egg means there are now no dedicated cookbook stores in a city with 2.8 million residents, and only two (that we know about) in all of Canada: Appetite for Books in Montreal and The Cookbook Co. Cooks in Alberta.

Cookbook stores have had a rough go in recent years. Kitchen Witch Cookbooks, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, recently started a Go Fund Me page to help with expenses. The store has struggled after moving out of the French Quarter. Kitchen Witch moved to a location that has much less foot traffic, a blow to a store that relies heavily on tourists.  

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  • hillsboroks  on  July 7, 2018

    That us so sad! After reading about it on EYB I made a point of visiting it during a trip to Toronto several years ago and it was a lovely store that I am sure the locals will sorely miss.

  • rstuart  on  July 25, 2018

    One of my favourite stores in Toronto: I don't think that I ever walked out empty-handed. I hope that Mika finds another location…

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