Click on the door to come inside!
Teaser: For this website, Acorn Bookshop is home plate for
cookbook buys, reading, scanning, browsing, research,
ordering, fussing about prices and getting a cookbook
refresher course from professional Keepers. The shop
does not have a tea pot or a cookie jar.
The Literary Equivalent of Cheers
1464 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, Ohio
This is a bricks and mortar bookstore owned and run
by a gent who may be his own best customer. He's
George Cowmeadow Bauman with some 60,000 books
shelved floor-to-ceiling. In a measure he is a second
generation dealer. His route to become a bookstore
owner has been a straight one. His mother was bookstore
manager in New Castle, PA. His aunt Peg taught high
school English and doubled as librarian. Both mother and
aunt were deep into books. When books reached their frayed end
of life and use in a library, rather than be moved away as
trash, he ended up with the discards. He found early
comfort is just owning books.
Bauman's only job growing up was to help about the library,
unloading truck deliveries. He was most pleased to be getting
paid, as he says, "to hang out in a bookstore." It was a college
bookstore. Aunt Peg by then was on faculty. Bauman took her
course in 18th Century literature
Now you know: Acorn Bookshop displays an engraved plaque
reading..."This Bookstore is dedicated to Margaret Cowmeadow."
An Acorn Keeper: Talk about a rare find, try this one for curiosity...
Andrews' Pearl Offering, Devoted to Etiquette and Decorum, Toilet
and Cooking Recipes, and Information for Everybody. Circa 1885.
Condition is fair, softcover, bound in wraps. The cover is chipped
and stained. Lacks the back cover and last four pages. Price $40.
Publisher: Chicago C. E. Andrews.
The Ben Hayes Scrapbook
The Best of Ben Hayes Columns
Compiled by Jay Hoster and Christine Hayes
Ben Hayes sharpened his skills as a pad and pencil
reporter for the Ohio State Journal. He typed a pleasant
picture of Columbus and the nearby countryside when
he moved to write daily columns for the Scripps-Howard
newspaper, the Columbus Citizen, later to become the
After Hayes passed away while in retirement, his daughter,
Christine Hayes, gave up her budding movie career in Marin
County, CA., and her Montessori teaching job. As a graduate
of University of California/Irvine, she intended to go for the
theater career. Her movie name, Ramona Moon. Today she
is curator of cookbooks at Acorn Bookshop. Also, following
in her father's big shoes, she is a columnist for the Short
Since her return to Ohio, Hayes, aka Ramona Moon, has emersed
herself in the history of Columbus. she is co-author of her city's
Chances are slim to none you'll find this a recipe-trip back in time
at Acorn Bookstore. But the Acorn Nuts (they're descriptive) will
search for one. They found this 1947 edition listing a full page of
"Edition Printed" dates from 1908. What appeals to cookbook
students are the recipes calling for use of lard, beef suet, tapioca
and shortening. There are a few suggesting butter. We assume
butter mentions are in the later editions, not the 1908s and 1909s.
The real story beyond the many suggestions for use of Rumford
Baking Powder is how the name came about. In this new century
... 2000 and counting...Google Benjamin Thompson, born 1753,
American-born British physicist later honored by British royalty and
the Germans titled him as Count Rumford. The guy was a genius.
Well, see his baking powder link below. Cousin, there's a movie in
his Wikipedia bio...