What do you get when you take an old butcher shop, add stacks of culinary books, and garnish it with a dollop of history?
Omnivore Books on Food.
The new Noe Valley boutique, run by rare books specialist Celia Sack, has an impressive assortment: Collectibles date back to the early 19th century; newer titles include regional cookbooks and gardening guides.
Try recipes from a 1914 copy of Bohemian San Francisco, and throw a party just to serve 19th-century concoctions from The Flowing Bowl: What and When to Drink. For something more recent, pick up On the Line, by famed NYC seafood chef Eric Ripert, or Prehistoric Cooking, a hilarious homage to ancient techniques.
You’ll eat it up.
Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street, at Church Street (415-282-4712 or omnivorebooks.com).