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Birmingham Bake and Cook

I recently discovered a joy of a store for those who like to bake and cook -- called, fittingly, Birmingham Bake and Cook. It's in Inverness in the same little strip plaza as Ginza (which is where I was for lunch -- had to indulge my bibimbab craving), and it has that wonderful welcoming, unique personality of a store locally owned by someone with a passion for what they do.

The store is stocked with a lovely selection of cookware, bakeware, knives, kitchen tools, gadgets, appliances, grilling supplies, specialty foods and more. I tasted pink sea salt mined in beautiful stone chunks from under the Himalayas. The owner is happy to tell you about her latest finds, her favorite things, the newest trends (Caribbean blue is the hot color in cookware this year, I learned), and more.

But Birmingham Bake & Cook goes beyond a store, They have cooking classes, demonstrations and events galore, a lending cake pan library and a used cookbook exchange. Some of the upcoming events include a beginners' knife skills class, a no-knead bread class, a summer salads class, the Art of the Sandwich class, and more. I'll definitely be back.

Check it out at www.bakeandcookco.com or look for them on Facebook.

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 05:19PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in , | Comments3 Comments

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I love this store! The owner, Susan, is such a nice person and knows so much. Whenever I'm in town, I always enjoy stopping by.

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

This is a fantastic resource for the person who loves to cook. Everything here is USEFUL. It's so refreshing to have supportive, knowledgeable staff. Susan, the owner, is delightful. Do you have flat skewers for grilling, yes. A small handheld sifter, yes. A, yes, she has it all. Worth the trip, trust me. The classes are awesome too.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim R.

This is a wonderful store and the owner, Susan, and her staff are all very genuine and helpful. Finally, a kitchen store that has a comprehensive collection of cook- and bake-ware and yet makes beginning cooks like me feel welcome and valued. Even my simple, newbie questions are answered with true southern graciousness and charm; like they've been waiting for me to stop by and ask them. The used cookbook exchange idea is fun, and I've traded in some of my seldom used cookbooks. I plan to take in some more cooking classes, too. A gift certificate for the store ended up being a very well-appreciated wedding present. The store is close to Inverness Corners, but can be tricky to find. Make the effort, it'll be worth it!

June 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

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