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Sep 30, 2006 02:02 AM

Second-hand cookbooks?

I am vacationing in SF in a couple of weeks and would like to expand my cookbook collection on the cheap. Can anyone tell me a great second hand bookstore in the city that either specialises in cookbooks or has a good selection?

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    Green Apple Books
    506 Clement Street
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    Main Store Phone: 415.387.2272
    Main Store Hours:
    Sunday - Thursday 10 am-10:30 pm
    Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 11:30 pm

    6 Replies
    1. re: Nancy Berry

      The walls of Green Apple are FILLED with cookbooks...but the best thing about it is.. it's on Clement Street! A street filled with great places to "Clement" st. and you'll have a alot to read!
      Enjoy your stay...!

      1. re: ChowFun_derek

        I'll 3rd or 4th Green Apple. It has a large selection.

        As for what's anything decent or worth keeping, it rarely makes it to second hand stores or if it does, it's picked up pretty quickly. However the odds of finding something decent are increased by volume.

        1. re: ML8000

          Most of Green Apple's cookbooks look to be remainders, not secondhand.

      2. re: Nancy Berry

        Hi - this place sounds great but I can't find it on a map, and the website doesn't seem to have directions. Can you tell me the cross-street and which neighburhood it's in? Thanks

        1. re: claireh

          Well, I'll do it for her.

          It's in the Inner Richmond, and it's between 6th and 7th Ave. Enter the street address without business name into Google Maps, and you should get a clear location.

          I concur with the assessments about both the store and the neighborhood, although I must confess I'm not one for cookbooks, so I've no opinion in that area. As a general literary recommendation, check out the tables out front, which have their discarded books. I've found some gems in there for quite cheap. Recent stuff, too.

      3. I'm not sure I've ever found a cookbook I wanted and didn't already have at Green Apple. Lots of remainderish stuff.

        A significant fraction of my cookbooks came from Aardvark, 227 Church St. near Market.

        More came from Moe's, worth the BART ride to Berkeley. 2476 Telegraph.

        Cookin' at 339 Divisadero St. in SF is mostly a used cookware store but they have a wall of books.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          It's lots of fun to browse around Cookin', but the prices are pretty steep. Don't know about their book prices.

          Moes on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley has always had a great used cookbook section.

          1. re: oakjoan

            I agree that Cookin' (on Divisadero in SF) has steep pricing...but, the used cookbooks are priced title...if it's not in demand, it's cheaper.

        2. If you end up in Mountain View, the Book Buyers on Castro St. used to have a mix of used cookbooks, from Julia Child to vintage community. I haven't checked for a couple of years now, perhaps give a call before heading out if you aren't otherwise visiting the Peninsula.

          1. I've had good luck at these places:

            Green Apple
            Black Oak Books on Irving Street
            Forever After Books on Haight Street
            Chelsea Bookstore, Irving Street (the best, but sadly now closed)

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