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Searching for an out of print cookbook- Any ideas?

I have been looking for "An Italian Family Reunion Cookbook" by Gail Sforza Brewer. It has been out of print for a while, I have been registered on Amazon for pre-order if it becomes available for about a year. Any other ideas where I could find this book? It has a lot of classic italian recipes and I would love to find even a used copy.

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    1. Have you tried Abebooks or Alibris? I've had good luck with both. They locate the books, tell you about the condition, and you buy through the site but it's really directly sent from the bookseller.

      One other possibility is to call the guy at Kitchen Arts and Letters on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Maybe he knows how you could get a copy.

        1. Cookbooks are discussed on the Home Cooking board. Here's a topic on best mail-order sources for used cookbooks:


          1. try powell's used books

            1. Try Abe books:


              You could also contact your local library and ask them to get it through inter-library loan. (gotta love those librarians....if they can't get it, no one can...)

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              1. re: shazzer65

                As a librarian, I tip my hat to you....

              2. Our public library has another Gail Brewer cookbook -- not as good as buying the book, but it could tide you over until you get your hands on one of your own.

                1. I second the OP suggestion. Look for it on eBay.

                  1. Kitchen Arts & Letters, in NYC, is the country's largest bookstore devoted exclusively to food and wine. They would have the best access to out-of-print titles.


                    1. I've found all of my out of print cookbooks (and others) from http://strawberryhillbooks.com/
                      Fill out the form, submit, and they do the rest, contacting you by the method of your choice.
                      After that, all you have to do is choose a book (hopefully they can find one for you). BTW, strawberry searches through an extensive list of new and used booksellers, so it's a broader search through them.
                      Good luck.

                      1. You can add it to your wishlist on half.com as well, and if someone posts it for sale it'll email you. I know half.com is owned by eBay now, which someone else suggested, but they have different alert systems, I think.

                          1. re: BobB

                            Normally, I would say Bookfinder too, because it accumulates all the other sources (alibris, abe, amazon, powells, ebay, etc etc. However, I did a search for both the book and author there and this book did not come up. Very unusual for this to happen with a book of this kind. Several other books by this author, none on cooking.
                            Good luck!

                          2. Try Bonnie Slotnick's rare cookbook shop and service at 163 West 10th Street, near Seventh Avenue. She's really helpful and pays a lot of personal attention. Her number is 212-989-8962.

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                            1. re: Tom Steele

                              I've had very good results with this source in the past...

                            2. www.oldcookbooks.com

                              (At least this site used to work ... not sure if it's my computer or the site is down at the moment.)

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                              1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                The site works - and that site is WAY too cool! I can't recall which thread I saw it on, but someone got a Vincent & Mary Price cookbook at Christmastime after seeing it on their daughter's counter. Looks like there's another Vincent Price cookbook from 1969 - and it ain't cheap!


                              2. There is a used cookbook store out here in L.A. that has so many cookbooks and she will ship. You can contact Janet to see if she has it. Don't go by the search function since it may not be there. See link and good luck!


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                                1. re: WildSwede

                                  Yes - she's just up the street and around the corner from me in Pasadena. Nice person, great store. I mentioned that I was trying to complete my set of the Time-Life series, and she said, "Just a minute," went to her computer, and within a minute I had a complete list of them!

                                  $78 for the Price "Come Into My Kitchen" is insane, unless you're averse to antique malls and flea markets. I got my copy several months ago for $5.

                                2. I've had some luck in the past with this small family run bookstore: http://www.marywardbooks.com. Friendly service and speedy delivery!

                                  1. I just found it on Amazon...not cheap though!

                                    1. There's a used book shop in my neighborhood housed in an old stone barn that has rooms and rooms of out of print books, including a very large selection of cookbooks. Give them a call. http://www.bookbarn.com

                                      1. Jen, I have no idea how you were searching but on Bookfinder, I came up with eight listings. Maybe you were being too specific -- I generically searched for "Brewer" as author and "Italian Cookbook" for title. Because the author has three names listed, the search engine may have been confused if you put in all three names into it.

                                        1. don't know if you ever found this...here is a copy, but it's about $150

                                          1. I've found *very* hard to find books through a search service called Strawberry Hill Books. It's a free search, and usually it returns four or five hits, all of varying quality (fine/collector's to shopworn to used). Find it at http://www.strawberryhillbooks.com

                                            1. Hi Kloomis
                                              This cookbook that you are searching for is actually my family's cookbook :) I know it's not being published for the public anymore but if you email me (samantha.sforza@gmail.com) I would be more than willing to get you in contact with Gail :) I'm really glad to see somebody loves our family cookbook as much as we do!

                                              1. If you're still looking, there are copies on abebooks.com starting at $6.72.