as a physical store, the brooklyn kitchen is not exactly wow material and so it was kind of hard to understand what all the hype has been about. however, as i spent a little more time there and understood more what the store is about, it is much more than the stuff in the store. with a great hipster and friendly staff (and maybe i’m just saying that because they told me i had to so i could take some photos), the owners have a lot of fun with cupcake cookoffs and and silly oscar madness. they organize a foodie book club where they have read home cooking by laurie colwin and climb the mango trees by madhur jaffrey. and probably what is the best part of the shop are the classes. they offer a range with local experts and i would love to try the ice cream making one with ben van leeuwen to expand my repertoire beyond strawberry and peach though no one seems to be complaining except for the fact that i don’t make sorbets — that’s so boring! other classes have included a butcher class with tom mylan of marlow and sons and kaycee wimbish from awesome farms talking chicken. upcoming classes include eggs for dinner and the ins and outs of fondants.
and what stuff is in the store is not bad either. in addition to all the basics, the brooklyn kitchen not suprisingly carries some amusing items like this anatomic pig puzzle because who couldn’t use one of those. they carry some hard to find items like variations on hungarian paprika and i also especially like that they sell vintage cookware. in addition to knife sharpening services, the brooklyn kitchen also carries an extensive knife selection including those designed by brooklyn cut that i really cannot wait to get a hold of though it seems there is a long waiting list. so now i just need them to open a branch in brooklyn south because we are definitely lacking in the fun kitchen store arena. the brooklyn kitchen, 616 lorimer street at skillman avenue, brooklyn, new york, 718.389.2982.