Chef, Author + TV Host Anthony Bourdain said, “Everywhere you go, whether you’re in Austria or England or Paris even, they’re referencing Brooklyn in some way…arguably, we’re looking at the Brooklynization of the world at this point”, an evolution which could not be better cataloged than in ‘Made In Brooklyn: An Essential Guide To The Borough’s Artisanal Food + Drink Makers ’ by Susanne König + Melissa Schreiber Vaughn, with photos by Heather Weston, published by powerHouse Books. Bursting with Brooklyn pride, König + Vaughn take your through 28 Brooklyn hoods introducing you to the various artisanal food + drink makers, searing Brooklyn into the map of any foodie’s paradise, if not just anyone who appreciates great drinks + eats.
Nunu Chocolates | Year Established : 2007 | Owners: Justine Pringle and Andy Laird Product: Chocolate bars, ganaches, caramels Website: nunuchocolates.com
Acme Smoked Fish | Year Established : 1954 | Owners: Caslow Family Product: Smoked Fish Website: acmesmokedfish.com
With a focus on both artisanal food + drink makers throughout the Brooklyn area, no one neighborhood prides itself on one specialty. All throughout Brooklyn, you can find pretty much anything your mind can think up + your taste buds desire including candy, spirits, baked goods + even smoked fish. But apart from celebrating the many food + drink artisans of this borough, you can’t help but truly fall in love with Brooklyn the way that all those described within this book have if not, find a new appreciation for the place.
Bagel Hole | Year Established : 1986 | Owner: Phil Romanzi Product: Old-School Bagels
Bellocq Tea Atelier | Year Established : 2010 | Owners: Heidi Johannsen Stewart and Michael Shannon Product: Tea
Yet what will really resonate with many readers is how plenty of these artisans started their businesses not out of necessity but just out of pure love, which is plainly obvious in Sunset Park’s One Girl Cookies, where gem sized cookies are displayed on silver trays in a glass case. Then you have others that resort to a sense of humor like Greenpoint’s Café Grumpy, after the inspo of a cantankerous-looking coffee bean.
Salvatore BKLYN | Year Established : 2007 | Owner: Betsy Devine Product: Whole Milk Ricotta Website: salvatorebklyn.com
Featuring more than 110 different Brooklyn makers + over 1,000 original photographs shot by Heather Weston, this is a book that is a must have for anyone who loves food + entrepreneurs alike. But I must warn you, do not read this book on an empty stomach-You will regret it.
‘Made In Brooklyn: An Essential Guide To The Borough’s Artisanal Food + Drink Makers ’ by Susanne König + Melissa Schreiber Vaughn, with photos by Heather Weston, published by powerHouse Books, is available here for purchase.