Date: 17 February 2018. Book Store - Haslam's in St. Pete.
I am a
reader. Books have been a huge part of my world nearly all of my
life. Finding a glorious bookshop is always a treasure. Here in St.
Pete we are fortunate to have a place you need to visit as you're
passing through. It's called
Book Store and is located at 2025 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg,
FL 33713. This place is a gem. It's the sort of store that you
book addicts won't want to leave.
I love the
store. Haslam's [727-822-8616] is right on the trolley route too so
visiting should be mandatory.
Inside, Haslam's is arranged in sections. The books are sorted well.
I particularly liked that I could find new and old books all in the
same category on the same shelf. Truly this is the best of both
For me, I
ended up in cookbooks. Gosh there are a lot of wonderful cookbooks
in the world. I generally tend toward the small regional cookbooks.
Those recipes usually have real ingredients that are easy to find.
cooking is simply not my style.
At Haslam's I ran across
The Cruising Chef Cookbook, Second Edition by Michael Greenwald.
I always believe if I buy one more spice or try one more recipe
I'll suddenly become a culinary expert. Cookbooks almost always have some tidbit
or idea I never considered before.
The Cruising Chef Cookbook
(Amazon affiliate link) has a section on storage. With a 23' boat,
finding a place to store provisions is always a concern.
Finding this book at Haslam's was fortunate. I did
even know I needed it, and voila: there it was. Perusing the pages I
was sold. Who would not like a book with a recipe for Shark!?!
See this article for one reason why a shark
recipe could be useful:
Shark Changes Plans
On my way south down the coast I ran into a shark. I tell about that
encounter in the
Shark Changes Plans
vignette. Back then I didn't fully understand the "Filet and
Release" method of dealing with shark. I wish I had The Cruising
Chef Cookbook with me then.
vignette may seem like a flog for a cookbook, it is truly intended as
encouragement to visit
We need the old bookstores where real folks are behind the counter.
The mega stores may be efficient. It is the charming bookshops that
I long for and support.
best of all Haslam's does mail order. If you want something, why not
try them first?
Tonight I was
on the phone with an old friend. *Gone Tropic remembers ordering
from Haslam's on the telephone decades ago. He bought
navigation books. Readers will understand the joy in finding a
bookstore to peruse. I wish you could visit Haslam's one day. It is
truly worth your time.
Tropic belongs to a fellow mariner named Tom. I met him back in Apalachicola. He
has recently been visiting with other friends of mine on Manatee. I
wrote an article called
about that boat couple. Sarah and Ted cruise aboard Manatee. They have implemented some great ideas.
I hope to
see Sarah and Ted and their Manatee soon.
But I digress...
The last time I was in Haslam's I was able to pick up several
magazines. I enjoy reading them. Afterwards I pass them along to
other boaters. Most of the time the book exchanges found in marinas
will have some magazines. There are not many women's ones, so I
rectify that. Women's Day is a favorite, along with Reminisce, Good
Housekeeping, Reader's Digest.
I like them all.
As much as
I enjoy magazines I've considered one of those big tablets from Amazon
just to be able to read the magazines without having to deal with
paper. Ah, the choices... fortunately I need nothing. Life aboard
Seaweed is fine just as is.
I truly am
I'd love to learn about your favorite bookstore.
And, is it still in business?
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