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where can i buy cookbooks?

i'm wondering if amazon.ca is my best/cheapest bet...
where do you buy your cookbooks in the GTA, preferably downtown?

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  1. How about the Cook Book Store, at Yonge and Bloor? http://www.cook-book.com

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      1. re: estragon

        If it's rare or hard to find but still in print, The Cook Book Store (corner of Yonge and Yorkville, across from the Metro Reference Library) can get it for you! If it's something not so difficult to get, I usually order from Chapters or go to the World's Biggest Book Store. If it's something out of print, I check Amazon....

        Then again, I just picked up a used copy of Edna Staebler's "Food that Really Schmecks" at a local charity used book sale for $1.00 (bought it as a back up of my own copy). When I got it home, I discovered that it was autographed...

      2. I think Amazon is great because of the possibilitiy of buying used (hardly) for a fraction of the price. Having said that, if I had a neighborhood book store committed to bringing me great cookbooks, I would have to support them, just for the opportunity to look at great books I might otherwise never consider, and to spend time flipping through the pages. fayefood.com

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        1. re: fayehess

          I love Amazon for the reason you stated - the opportunity to buy used books in terrific condition for a fraction of the original price. I would never be able to afford the luxurious cookbook library I currently own if I had had to pay full cover price for all of them. Not to mention over the years I have managed to acquire coveted out-of-print books on Amazon by constantly watching my wish list for new listings. (Plus a few bought on eBay over the years as well.)

          We also have the good fortune of an excellent county library system that acquires many of the best new cookbooks published each year which gives me the opportunity to read them and cook from them before deciding if they are a worthwhile investment.

          1. re: flourgirl

            I, too, use Amazon.com. Amazon.ca and also Book City (Annex) ....the other thing that I have had much luck with is going to the various 'used' book stores around town, Church/Hospital/U of T ..have great used book sales from time to time & they generally advertise in the newspaper or on their bulletin boards (if you're driving around you can usually see them. I noticed a 'relatively new' Used book store on Bloor Street West (in the Annex) I think it's called BVM/BMV but haven't had a chance to check them out as yet...some of the 'used book stores' can be really grungy and you can usually tell by just walking in the door (I avoid them...I hate that musty/mildew odour!) I have had terrific luck at the Women's College Hospital Book Sale..you could call their switchboard and find out when the next one is scheduled.

        2. Try Book City - either Danforth or Annex. Good store.

          1. I don't think cookbooks are much different from other types of books, so I'd recommend the BMV used bookstore chain. There's one beside the World's Biggest Bookstore on Edward St., and one up on Yonge north of Eglinton.

            You might need to dig around and get "lucky" sometimes, but people often trade in surprisingly new books, and they resell them very cheaply. Old classics like "Joy of Cooking" are great to buy used, too.

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            1. re: Gary

              The new flagship BMV is in the Annex, between Major and Brunswick. Great selection of remainders, but not the best stock of used books. For used, I generally go to Balfour Books at College and Clinton, which has a decent cookbook section. And if you're looking for something specific, my used-book website of choice is ABEbooks.com.

              1. re: Gary

                I've had terrific luck at the all 3 BMVs (Yonge & Eg, Bloor & Spadina, Yonge & Edward). I've picked up new editions of both volumes of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" at a nice discount, among others. It's not the place to go if you're looking for something specific, but if you're open to stumbling across things, they're all great places to look.

              2. I think 90% of my cookbooks were purchased at deep discount from the ever-present Cookbook Sale table at Indigo/Chapters... As much as 60% off sometimes, with the odd ripped cover, etc. Mostly, they are just books with a few copies left.

                Also a great deal as it encourages me to purchase cookbooks that I might otherwise not deem "worth it".

                1. David Mirvish on Markham St. (one west of Bathurst, on the block south from Bloor) has a pretty good selection, sometimes on good discount. I always take a look when I'm in the neighbourhood.

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                  1. re: hungry_pangolin

                    why buy cookbooks? you can find so many recipes online directly from the websites. my favs are epicurious, lcbo, canadian living, bbc, food network....

                    1. re: hipfunkyfun

                      Because cookbooks are beautiful. Take a look at Marcus Samuelsson's Soul of a New Cuisine or Martin Picard's Au Pied de Cochon Album, and find me something equivalent on the internet. It's not always about the recipes.

                      1. re: hipfunkyfun

                        I read cookbooks like other people read novels. Honestly wouldn't be nearly as happy a person as I am if I had to live without my cookbook collection (which is fairly extensive). It is a very big part of who I am and building my collection is one of the ways that I express myself.

                        1. re: flourgirl

                          speaking of cookbooks and reading them like novels....if you have never seen "Lee Bailey's" series of books you owe it to yourself to check them out...not so much for the 'reading' but 'visually' they are simply gorgeous and beautifully put together...another 'visual' favourite is "Hot, Sour, Salty Sweet" (canadian authors)

                          1. re: pearlD

                            Aren't Alford and Duguid's books beautiful? I have "HSSS", "Mangoes and Curry Leaves", "Home Baking" and "Flatbreads and Flavors". I treasure them.

                            I've only seen one Lee Bailey Book, "The Way I Cook". I picked it up for almost nothing at a book outlet a few years ago, and haven't use it much yet. (This is a compilation of favorite recipes and has no pictures.)

                            1. re: flourgirl

                              I just checked on the Toronto Public Library website...they have a huge assortment of Lee Bailey's books.....have a look/borrow. I think you'll love them in the same way as I do. I don't even 'cook' that much anymore but love to read/browse them because some are just incredibly beautiful !

                              1. re: pearlD

                                Thank you pearlD - that was very nice of you - unfortunately I'm not in the Toronto area. :). I only chimed in with my 2 cents because I'm such a big fan of buying used books cheap on Amazon. (The thrill of the hunt and all.)

                                But I will check my library to see if they have these. We have a fantastic county library system here in Hunterdon NJ! Thanks again.

                    2. And what about the George Brown University Bookstore on King?

                      1. I find that Costco has the best prices if you are looking for popular titles. They even had copies of Susur Lee's cookbook for $50 when they were selling for $90 at Chapters.