Nach Waxman of Kitchen Arts & Letters [video]
Nach Waxman is the alpha and omega of the recorded history of food. The owner of New York's Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore has a near boundless knowledge of cookbooks, recipes, and the evolution of attitudes towards food. For Chow, he gives an interview in which he lays out all the dirty secrets: why cooking from a recipe is just paint-by-numbers, which of the big-name chefs actually do their own book shopping, and the real trick by which an independent bookstore can beat the pants off of Barnes & Noble.
Video: Nach Waxman of Kitchen Arts & Letters