Welcome to Cookbook bar & Café

Cookbook Bar & Café is a counter-service eatery in the Austin Public Library, celebrating the culinary-themed publications that are readily available for guests to browse in the library.

The seasonal menu, curated by Chef Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group, draws timeless classics from the pages of cookbooks created by revered chefs across the country. Cookbook offers a variety of styles and incorporates organic and farm-to-table components, whenever possible. Specials will tie directly into cookbook publications of local chefs or touring authors, and Cookbook will host cooking demos in the library. 

Cookbook carries over the library theme at the full bar, which includes footnoted literary-themed cocktails. Other beverages include local craft beer and regional wines, and a stylish hot-beverage service with top-of-the-line espresso and tea offerings.


oh the joy

Cookbook is the new home for the Virginia B. Wood Memorial Cookbook Collection, where food lovers and cooks alike can have access to 500 cookbooks and dozens of Texas-centric books and authors, a selection of Diana Kennedy’s books, and at least three editions of The Joy of Cooking.

Cookbook Bar & Café recipes are inspired from the pages of cookbooks created by chefs across the country. Seasonal menus are curated by Chef Drew Curren, are breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are served daily.


Enjoy recipes from the pages of cookbooks created by revered chefs across the country that have inspired Chef Curren, particularly paying respect to the South and Mexico. Incorporating farm-to-table ingredients whenever possible, the menu will change seasonally.

Cookbook Café & Bars rooftop coffee cart features drip coffee, pastries and more. Come grab and good book, fresh coffee, and enjoy the view of Austin.

cup o’ joe

On the library’s expansive rooftop, Cookbook’s coffee cart offers drip coffee, a variety of pastries —and more— for patrons to enjoy while taking in beautiful views of Austin. Come grab a good book and a fresh coffee!