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Backyard Birding

Birds of Missouri Field Guide (Field Guides) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781885061355
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Adventure Publications - December 12th, 2001

National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America, Second Edition Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781426330735
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Published: National Geographic Children's Books - March 6th, 2018

Gardening for Birds: Enhancing Your Yard to Attract and Support Birds Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781620052365
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Published: Waterford Press - June 19th, 2017

Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides) Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780618768264
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 1st, 2006

Food & Drinks

 

Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579658472
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Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

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Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780451497017
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 22nd, 2019

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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812982381
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Milk Street Fast and Slow: Instant Pot Cooking at the Speed You Need Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316423076
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Published: Voracious - April 7th, 2020

TAI DAVIS [Pastry]: A Visual Anthology of Culinary Works Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781942037071
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Published: Bailey Girls Publishing LLC - December 11th, 2019

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Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524761738
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 5th, 2019

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Postcards Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781984825520
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Published: Clarkson Potter - December 3rd, 2019

Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062961679
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Published: Ecco - March 24th, 2020

Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781607749295
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 3rd, 2020

Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France: A Cookbook Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780553448252
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 10th, 2020

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607742739
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 18th, 2012

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062379276
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Published: Amistad - July 31st, 2018

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525433910
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

Entertaining with Mary Berry: Favorite Hors D'oeuvres, Entrées, Desserts, Baked Goods, and More Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781465489357
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Published: DK - March 3rd, 2020

Milk Street: The New Rules: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780316423052
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Published: Voracious - October 15th, 2019

South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579657161
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Published: Artisan - October 15th, 2019

Cake: A Cookbook Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101981559
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2020

The Complete Milk Street TV Show Cookbook (2017-2019): Every Recipe from Every Episode of the Popular TV Show Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316415842
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 2nd, 2018

Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories: Foreword by Alice Waters Cover Image
By Fanny Singer, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524732516
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Published: Knopf - March 31st, 2020

The Restaurant: A 2,000-Year History of Dining Out -- The American Edition Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781635766998
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Published: Diversion Books - April 21st, 2020

Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607749165
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 16th, 2018

Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399582530
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 19th, 2019

How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781523507382
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 17th, 2020

The Organic Revolutionary: A Memoir from the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing, and Human Liberation Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781551646756
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Published: Black Rose Books - April 7th, 2020

Be Your Own Bartender: A Surefire Guide to Finding (and Making) Your Perfect Cocktail Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781682682692
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Published: Countryman Press - November 13th, 2018

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods: A Cookbook Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780525577072
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 29th, 2019

Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family Cover Image
By Priya Krishna, Mackenzie Kelley (By (photographer))
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328482471
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 23rd, 2019

I Can Cook Vegan Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419732416
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 29th, 2019

How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358128823
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 3rd, 2020

Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624145124
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Published: Page Street Publishing - February 6th, 2018

From the Oven to the Table Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781784726096
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Published: Mitchell Beazley - October 1st, 2019

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307718297
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Published: Clarkson Potter - May 22nd, 2018

The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781426220135
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Published: National Geographic - December 3rd, 2019

How to Cook Everything—Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food Cover Image
$37.00
ISBN: 9781328545435
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 1st, 2019

Hello, Cookie Dough: 110 Doughlicious Confections to Eat, Bake & Share Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538748886
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 15th, 2019

Yes, Chef: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385342612
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 21st, 2013

Korean Home Cooking: Classic and Modern Recipes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781419732409
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 16th, 2018

Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes: A Cookbook Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780451496997
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 24th, 2017

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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812980882
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 24th, 2012

You Suck at Cooking: The Absurdly Practical Guide to Sucking Slightly Less at Making Food: A Cookbook Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525576556
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 15th, 2019

Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781572841734
Availability: Backordered
Published: Agate Surrey - September 1st, 2015

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Simple Cake: All You Need to Keep Your Friends and Family in Cake [A Baking Book] Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780399581427
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 12th, 2019

MOB Veggie: Big Flavors on a Small Budget Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781911641650
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Published: Pavilion - March 17th, 2020

Buddha Bowls: Grain + Green + Protein Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781510744110
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Published: Skyhorse - October 29th, 2019

Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781324002628
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 5th, 2019

Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi (Vegetarian Cooking, Vegetable Cookbook, Vegetable Cooking) Cover Image
By Yotam Ottolenghi, Jonathan Lovekin (Photographs by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452101248
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 23rd, 2011

Be Your Own Bartender: A Surefire Guide to Finding (and Making) Your Perfect Cocktail Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781682682692
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Published: Countryman Press - November 13th, 2018

Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution Cover Image
By Kris Carr, Sarno (Contributions by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781401941055
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Published: Hay House Inc. - December 9th, 2014

Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399581045
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 11th, 2020

Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399578281
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 11th, 2017

Veganomicon, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780738218991
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - September 26th, 2017

Scents and Flavors: A Syrian Cookbook (Library of Arabic Literature #63) Cover Image
By Charles Perry (Translator), Claudia Roden (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781479800810
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Published: New York University Press - March 3rd, 2020

Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780399580390
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 4th, 2020

The Real Japanese Izakaya Cookbook: 120 Classic Bar Bites from Japan Cover Image
By Wataru Yokota, Makiko Itoh (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9784805315286
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - October 29th, 2019

I Can Cook Vegan Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419732416
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 29th, 2019

The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781583335901
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Published: Avery - March 7th, 2017

The World Atlas of Gin Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781784726546
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Published: Mitchell Beazley - October 1st, 2019

We Buy And Sell Used Books

We are not currently buying used books due to our abbreviated hours and services resulting from the Covid 19 Pandemic. We'll update this page as soon as we begin taking used books again.

Our used books aren't listed on our website. Stop by, email, or give us a call at 314-367-6731 to inquire.

About Us

 

Who We Are  

Kris and Jay

Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is the oldest and largest independently-owned bookstore in St. Louis, and offers a full-line of new and used books and services.

We’re located at Euclid and McPherson in the historic Central West End neighborhood, situated among magnificent turn-of-the-century residences and some of the best restaurants and finest art galleries in the area. We’re steps away from public transportation and enjoy greeting customers from all parts of the city and its surrounding area.

Our mission is to spark public conversation by curating an intelligent, relevant, culturally diverse selection of books and hosting a world class author event series.  Our focus on politics, contemporary arts and literature, high-quality children’s books, African American studies, LGBTQA and Gender Studies titles is a source of great pride.

Co-Owners, Kris Kleindienst and Jarek Steele, have made this store their life’s work.  Together they have expanded the business to include a robust events schedule, corporate sales program, not for profit literacy foundation (Left Bank Books Foundation) and online resource.

Kris came to the store in 1974 as the first paid employee.  An alumn of Washington University, she has advocated for social justice, literacy and local businesses for her entire career.  Her book This Is What Lesbian Looks Like, was published in 1999. She is the principal book buyer and manages event coordination and many other aspects of the store operations.

Jarek was hired in 2002 as the website manager and bookseller. He developed and expanded his job into other areas of store operations including bookkeeping, graphic design and program development. He is active in transgender advocacy and other social justice causes. He manages the finances, web design and supervises the management of store operations.

Left Bank Books workers are a fiercely committed group. Many of us are writers, performers, and artists and personally appreciate the importance of a store like Left Bank, not only to the cultural health of a community, but to the health of its creative people, too! Many of us are involved in other community organizations as volunteers and activists. Issues like peace, racial justice, civil rights, urban sustainability, education, animal rights, and support for the arts are some of the areas in which Left Bankers are involved.

Left Bank Books strives to be a good neighbor and, like many locally-owned businesses, gives back to its community. Besides reinvesting three times more of our revenue locally than non-local chain stores reinvest, we also give a lot of organic support to grass roots and non-profit organizations through donations of gift certificates, percent of sales, book fairs and even free event programming.

Because we believe in community conversation and understand the importance of making space available for authors and their readers to interact, we produce well over 200 author events a year. Often, we partner with other organizations whose interests are addressed by a particular author’s work. These collaborations have added to a growing literary scene in the St. Louis area, with multiple author events taking place somewhere in the area many nights of the week.

We are proud to play a part in keeping literature in its rightful place in the local arts scene.

 

For the store owners and workers alike, working at Left Bank Books has been more like preserving a community trust than running a business. And while we know that being business-like is extremely important, we also know that earning and keeping that community trust is both our most fervent desire and greatest reward.

 

Famous Bookstore Cat(s)

No independent bookstore would be complete without a cat. Left Bank's first feline staff member was the legendary Captain Nemo, who was rescued from drowning (hence the name) and nursed back to health by the store owners. Nemo lived with us for fifteen years. He was grouchy, particular, and loved by all. After Nemo's passing, we were joined by a new and equally literary cat. Our customers named her Jamaica after noted author Jamaica Kincaid. Author and cat have met. Jamaica (the cat) passed away April 2005.

We were adopted by a very vocal and insistent kitty a few months after Jamaica's death.  Spike enjoys long naps on the Special Orders desk, dancing for cat treats and shoplifting mouse-sized, furry covered children's books for his own pleasure.

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