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Westy Oct 27, 2006 12:32 PM

Hello -

I have heard great things about a cookbook from New Zealand: Recipes from Soul Bar, but can't seem to find a retailer that carries it in the US. I tried Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon without much luck.

Suggestions welcome.


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    ptrefler Oct 27, 2006 12:41 PM

    You might try Kitchen Arts and Letters in New York. www.kitchenartsandletters.com - if they can't get it, I don't know who can.

    1. Aromatherapy Oct 27, 2006 12:44 PM

      I'd try special order through an independent bookstore, or try Jessica's Biscuit (they have a website)--not listed, but you could inquire. It hasn't been released outside NZ apparently. Good luck.

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      1. re: Aromatherapy
        ptrefler Oct 27, 2006 01:20 PM

        I live right by New England Book Fair - they are the owners of Jessica's Biscuit. I buy books there all the time but haven't had much luck with anything unusual or hard to find. Good prices on what they do have though.

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        FlyFish Oct 27, 2006 12:47 PM

        I use alibris.com and/or abebooks.com for trying to locate old or unusual cookbooks. I just did a quick search and didn't find anything that seems to match your description, but alibris (at least) has a service where they'll try to find titles they don't list.

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          FlavoursGal Oct 27, 2006 02:18 PM

          Try The Cookbook Store in Toronto - they carry only cookbooks and food-related books.


          1. yayadave Oct 27, 2006 03:36 PM

            Here's the book.

            Why not just ring them up or send an email? We still have diplomatic relations with New Zeland and the mail boat still goes once a month just like always.

            1. Robert Lauriston Oct 27, 2006 04:15 PM

              I regularly buy directly using foreign Web sites. Some handle international shipping, some don't.

              Related topic on this subject:


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                niki rothman Oct 27, 2006 07:57 PM

                alibris.com, abebooks.com, and of course amazon.com. They all feature out of print books and you can search several different ways.

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                1. re: niki rothman
                  Spot Oct 27, 2006 08:05 PM

                  Niki's spot on with those 3; I've had some luck on eBay, too.

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                    MMRuth Oct 27, 2006 08:09 PM

                    yes - I just checked Ebay and didn't find this book - but am always amazed at what can be found there.

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                    melly Oct 28, 2006 08:49 PM

                    Powell's in Portland?

                  3. DanaB Oct 27, 2006 08:11 PM

                    You can check ebay.

                    alibris.com and abebooks.com are good resources, too.

                    And, as Robert Lauriston noted, you can buy books directly from foreign book sources. I've found a lot of books that were out of print in the US at amazon.co.uk, for instance.

                    Here's a list of online booksellers from New Zealand:


                    1. babette feasts Oct 28, 2006 01:14 AM

                      Powell's Books for Cooks in Portland, Oregon carries used and out of print and will let you know if something you've been looking for comes in.

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                        Sherri Oct 28, 2006 09:49 PM

                        Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, Greenwich Village, NYC (163 W 10th St.) 212.989.8962. She searched for books at Kitchen Arts & Letters before opening her own shop. She has never failed to find what I'm seeking. It may take a while, but she's a gem.

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                          melly Oct 29, 2006 04:53 AM


                          They have some good ones. There was one called "The Gay Cookbook" by Chef Lou Rand Hogan -with a man coming out of a cake! I want it.

                          There were so many that I wanted...I had to get off the site.

                          I wanted "How to Cook Wolf".

                          Melly http://www.sacramentofoodgroup.org

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                            Westy Oct 30, 2006 12:26 PM

                            Sometimes the most direct route is the best: I simply emailed the restaurant and they said "Not a problem."


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                              yayadave Oct 30, 2006 12:59 PM

                              I had the same experience. Then I called and spoke with Kelly Lytollis. She said someone else from the US had contacted her. I guess that would be you. I ordered two, one for me and one for a Christmas gift. I hope the weight of these cook books doesn't sink the mail boat!

                              I found this review.

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                                yayadave Oct 30, 2006 01:18 PM

                                By the way, how did you happen to hear of this book, anyway?

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                                  Westy Oct 30, 2006 01:49 PM

                                  I heard of the restaurant first. A friend of mine had mentioned it. I went on the web and read some good things about it. I went out to the web site and saw they have a cookbook. I thought it might be a nice treat to get a unique and hopefully useable book.

                              2. Carrie 218 Oct 30, 2006 01:01 PM

                                Interesting for me that people keep reference ABE and ALIBRIS -- start with Bookfinder.com which cross-references those two and numerous other sites.


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                                  yayadave Oct 30, 2006 01:16 PM

                                  This particular case was never really a bookfinder problem, since the book is current and in print. It just doesn't seem to have caught the attention of US booksellers. DanaB posted a site for NZ booksellers and I just picked The Woman's Bookshop at random and could have ordered on-line from them.

                                  But in the future, I'll remember to start a search with bookfinder rather than abebooks. Thank you.

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                                    Carrie 218 Nov 1, 2006 10:28 PM

                                    But even with books currently in print, one can often find a less-expensive, remaindered version vs. paying the full price. I always check here before paying full price for any book -- so often publishers give out review copies that end up being sold at half price even when it is a brand new release!

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