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Searching for an out of print cookbook- Any ideas?

kloomis Jan 15, 2007 04:38 PM

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. sivyaleah RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 04:42 PM

    Try this website:


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      Clarissa RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 04:43 PM

      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. LindaWhit RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 05:00 PM

        Or post it on eBay's "Want It Now" site.


        1. Robert Lauriston RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 05:00 PM

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


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            gmja RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 05:24 PM

            try powell's used books

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              shazzer65 RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 08:54 PM

              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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                Spoonula RE: shazzer65 Jan 16, 2007 02:27 PM

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

              2. heatherkay RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 08:59 PM

                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.

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                  Fleur RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 10:27 PM

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

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                    RGR RE: kloomis Jan 15, 2007 10:56 PM

                    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.


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                      gsshark RE: kloomis Jan 16, 2007 05:55 AM

                      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.

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                        Kuisine RE: kloomis Jan 16, 2007 08:46 AM

                        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. BobB RE: kloomis Jan 16, 2007 01:54 PM

                          Bookfinder: http://www.bookfinder.com/

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                            jen kalb RE: BobB Jan 16, 2007 02:00 PM

                            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. Tom Steele RE: kloomis Jan 16, 2007 03:35 PM

                            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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                              JudiAU RE: Tom Steele Jan 16, 2007 10:37 PM

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

                            2. Chocolatechipkt RE: kloomis Jan 16, 2007 03:37 PM


                              (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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                                LindaWhit RE: Chocolatechipkt Jan 16, 2007 04:48 PM

                                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. WildSwede RE: kloomis Jan 16, 2007 10:34 PM

                                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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                                  Will Owen RE: WildSwede Jun 11, 2007 04:52 PM

                                  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.

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                                  teheha RE: kloomis Mar 7, 2007 05:38 AM

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

                                  1. Den RE: kloomis Mar 7, 2007 05:43 AM

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

                                    1. CindyJ RE: kloomis Mar 7, 2007 06:38 AM

                                      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. Carrie 218 RE: kloomis Mar 7, 2007 06:43 AM

                                        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.

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                                          Dave Westerberg RE: kloomis Jun 11, 2007 03:39 PM

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

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                                            gsshark RE: kloomis Feb 5, 2008 09:40 PM

                                            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

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                                              SMS139 RE: kloomis Oct 7, 2013 05:51 PM

                                              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. Robert Lauriston RE: kloomis Oct 8, 2013 09:33 AM

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


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