SF Best: Cookin’, a Shop of Discord and Recycled Gourmet Appurtences


When you first enter Cookin’, a second-hand kitchenware shop in San Francisco, your initial reaction may be that you stumbled into an episode of hoarders. But as you delicately make your way through the narrow footpath and stacks upon stacks of well-seasoned cast iron pans, uniquely colored le creuset pots and mountains of used metal bundt pans, you quickly realize that this organized chaos is a foodie’s fantasy hunting ground.

Cookin' Glassware

Need a Clay Pot? Lots to Choose From

Need a Clay Pot? Lots to Choose From

There’s not much you could be seeking as a curious cook that can’t be found in one of the darkly lit corners of Cookin’. The shop houses collections of cookware, compiled by owner Judith Kaminsky, from treasure hunts to France, estate sale excursions and even a little snooping around at Goodwill. Some of the items are fairly new, but most could be categorized as vintage objects of desire. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it doesn’t take long to stumble upon {almost literally} something you crave for your own kitchen. And if you are looking for something specific, the shopkeeper is quick to point you in the direction of the correct pile.

A Mountain of Bundts

A Mountain of Bundts

What’s better than traveling back in time to find a gem for the cook who has everything? A gem that costs less than what you would pay at most retail stores. We perused a shelf of beautifully etched glassware and went home with several at only $6 a piece. Next time I visit I plan to come with an empty suitcase, my Christmas list and a lot more time.

Map: 339 Divisadero
Phone: 861-1854

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One response to “SF Best: Cookin’, a Shop of Discord and Recycled Gourmet Appurtences

  1. Cm

    This place looks like a cooks dream….what a find. Maybe I’ll get there one day.

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