About Us

Whether you are a professional or home cook, a cookbook collector or just need a gift for a foodie friend, Edible Type will satisfy your cravings. We offer a high quality collection of modern, vintage and collectible cookbooks (including culinary essays and books on food history, wine & spirits, and more) – the best independent collection you will find online with over 30 years of experience at your disposal.



We know you can buy your cookbooks at other, larger online bookstores, but we are committed to making Edible Type the best place to buy your cookbooks.  Here’s why:

We are… 

  1. Knowledgeable
    With over 30 years of experience collecting and selling cookbooks
  2. Service-oriented
    Quick, dependable, and personal (Have a question – just call or email).  Dust jacket protectors provided, every purchase carefully hand-packed, and satisfaction guaranteed
  3. Independent
    You love to support the little guys!
  4. Well-edited
    A one-stop shop that is easily browse-able and thoughtfully chosen.  The best independent used cookbook collection online
  5. Accurate
    Conservative descriptions you can trust
  6. Giftable
    Free gift wrap with every purchase.  We’ll wrap it or give you the supplies: butcher paper, kitchen twine, a gift tag and a handy bookmark
  7. Green
    You like being eco-friendly and just discovered an easy choice: buy used cookbooks rather than new when possible

Have an idea on how we can be better?  Just email us and let us know.  We are young and growing and love your feedback.




Founder Laura Zimmerman Maye grew up in the Chicago suburbs surrounded by books. What started as her father’s hobby in 1984 has grown into a successful family business selling fine used books online and at various Midwest book fairs.  Laura’s favorite books on her family’s shelves were always the cookbooks, which she used as her inspiration for Edible Type – books for cooks.

Laura’s passion for food grew out of her Italian heritage and watching her nanny prepare amazing family feasts.  Shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University, Laura turned her career toward the food industry. She worked in sales and marketing for Blue Plate Catering, one of Chicago’s top catering firms, before pursuing her Masters of Management in Hospitality at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.  

Since then, Laura has worked in brand management for Terlato Wines International, the leading marketer of luxury wines in the United States, and as Director of Marketing for Fox & Obel Food Market, a groundbreaking market in Chicago’s specialty food scene. She is also the co-author of two cookbooks: The Great Ceviche Book (published by Ten Speed Press in 2003) with celebrity chef Douglas Rodriguez and Dulce: Desserts in the Latin American Tradition (published by Rizzoli in 2010) with pastry chef Joseluis Flores.


Laura lives in Chicago with her husband Brian and three children Dylan, Lucas, and Zoe (otherwise known as the pickiest recipe testers on earth).