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The Cooks of Crocus Hill restored my faith in the Twin Cities after the disappointing turn-out at famed Indie bookstore Maggers & Quinn the night before. Cooks is a fantastic store, so well put together with a cozy vibe and well edited selection of goods. I couldn’t be happier with my above pictured new dishwashing gloves which are machine washable. I unwittingly made a wise decision at 16 years old to wear gloves for washing dishes and haven’t looked back since. Now that I’m ** my hands are better than they woulda been, for sure. Also snagged some chokeberry jam, which I’d never heard either and can’t wait to try. Love the crop share plan they have where customers can go in on things like ducks, foie gras, heritage birds, pig etc. So many local farmers and purveyors benefit from this innovative program. Minnesota is def up on my future radar.

One highlight was meeting 12 year old Jordan, pictured here whose cool grandma drove an hour to and fro to bring him in for a book. This boy is cool, curious and will be a self sufficient man some day who can cook. Thanks to Carl, who gathered the largest group of guys I’ve seen on the tour so far. I’ll go back in a heartbeat to cook hopefully in their demo kitchen. And, thanks Lyndsey for all the presold books! I never got my Walleye fix but had some seriously good Thai food before packing it in early to watch the Yankees WIN and rest before the 5:00 am departure to St. Louis, last stop before heading homeward bound on Saturday to NYC.

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