AboutRead It & Eat

Welcome to Read It & Eat, a culinary bookstore located in the heart of Lincoln Park. Established in 2015, Read It & Eat is dedicated to providing food lovers with exceptional culinary experiences through carefully selected books and events.

 

The book collection highlights selections on cooking and baking, organized by region, ingredient, technique, or specific diet; memoirs, travel, and food history; and beverages from coffee and tea to beer, wine, and cocktails. We carry over 3500 titles, available in the store and right here in our online shop.

 

We also regularly host events including author and chef signings, discussions, demonstrations, tastings, and hands-on cooking and baking classes with dedicated instructors.

 

Visit us today -- there’s something delicious for everyone!

our Team

  • Esther Dairiam Owner
    Esther Dairiam Owner
    Esther Dairiam, a Management Consultant for over 10 years, opened Read It & Eat in 2015. While she is not a culinary professional, nor a professional bookseller; she has a keen love for eating and enjoys culinary books.
    Today, she can be found at the store's kitchen in hope of getting first dibs on tasty treats prepared by the resident culinary instructor.
  • Madelaine Bullwinkel Chef Instructor
    Madelaine Bullwinkel Chef Instructor
    Madelaine Bullwinkel has been teaching French cooking skills in hands-on classes for almost 40 years, currently as the resident chef at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago. She brings a wealth of experience in the classroom and as a culinary tour guide for 20 years in Paris, the Limousin and Provence. Madelaine enjoys demystifying and simplifying French cuisine for the home cook.
    In 2001, The Chicago Tribune honored her with the Good Eating Award noting: ”The standards she has maintained have elevated culinary education in Chicago.”
  • Kelly Dull Pastry Chef Instructor
    Kelly Dull Pastry Chef Instructor
    Kelly Dull is a pastry chef with nearly 15 years in the food service industry. Originally from the Midwest, she received her Baking and Pastry Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, and honed her skills in kitchens all over the country.
    Kelly enjoys helping others learn about the techniques and science behind baking. She likes to stay busy, and when she's not working she can be found reading, playing with her dogs, or cooking at home.
  • Stephanie Johnston
    Stephanie Johnston
    Stephanie has a passion for the art of cooking, as well as talking in the third person. While studying philosophy at DePaul University, she naturally ended up in the food industry because well, what else does one do with a philosophy degree? From working corporate events to children's birthday parties, she connects with guests at all levels.
    When she’s not at Read It & Eat coordinating events and keeping the kitchen space in order, Stephanie teaches cooking classes and cooks privately for families all around Chicago, specializing in health conscious family meals. She dreams of having her own culinary talk show. Food Network here we come!
  • Hannah Paster Bookseller & Kitchen Assistant
    Hannah Paster Bookseller & Kitchen Assistant
    Hannah Paster was born and raised in Virginia, and in 2014 her entire life was turned around thanks to a slice of blackberry peach pie. Despite studying Television: Internet & Mobile Media at Columbia College, she’s chosen to make it her life’s goal by recreating that moment through baking pies herself, and - of course - documenting it via Instagram.
    Her life is most fulfilled by being everybody’s reliable reference for all things foodie blog, coffee shop scene, or restaurant recommendation about Chicago! In her spare time, Hannah also enjoys throwing private dinner parties, antiquing, exploring and supporting local businesses, and telling really bad (really good) jokes.

Join The Team

If you're interested in joining us as a Bookseller, Culinary Instructor or Kitchen Assistant, please send us an email at info@readitandeatstore.com with your resume.