GOOD EGG 267 Augusta, 416-593-4663, goodegg.ca.
If your idea of a good read is a foodie-friendly volume whose pages are soggy with taste-bud-dripping drool by the time you switch off the reading light, boot it to Mika Bareket's Good Egg. The month-old Kensington Market boutique sells "books and gear for the kitchen," but instead of focusing on how-to basics for the 15-minute-meal masses, Bareket serves up epicurean tools and tomes.
A vintage fridge door hung by the entrance is pinned with recipes for latkes, carrot soup, pickles and fall cocktails, and the store's bookshelf nooks mix titles on food science, history and fiction with gourmet condiments and dressings.
Marimekko linens, French Bull melamine mixing bowls and J Schatz egg-shaped ceramic planters and bird feeders stand out from the selection of cooking utensils and other kitchen doodads.
Photo By Kathryn Gaitens
Good Egg picks: New York diner chef Kenny Shopsin includes cranky tales and quirky recipes (mac 'n' cheese pancakes, anyone?) in his Eat Me memoir, $27.95; a cast iron Le Creuset stock pot is a smart investment for novice chefs looking to up their cooking arsenal, $285; design guru Philippe Starck adds his quirky aesthetic to L.A.'s extra-virgin-olive-oil tin, $28.
Look for: Cooking workshops starting soon to keep idle hands and bellies busy through winter.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.