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The Last Course by Claudia Fleming

slc521 Aug 7, 2007 07:30 AM

I have basically searched all avenues to find a copy of this book that is affordable, but to no avail. Anybody have any suggestions?

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    berna RE: slc521 Aug 7, 2007 08:02 AM

    You could go straight to the horses mouth and contact her at her B & B on long island , ny, called The North Fork and Table Inn which she owns with her chef/husband Gerry Hayden.

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      slc521 RE: berna Aug 7, 2007 08:08 AM

      Great Idea - Thanks...

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        free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: berna Aug 8, 2007 10:43 PM

        Just an idea, you could check to see if they plan to make a paperback version in the near future.

      2. pikawicca RE: slc521 Aug 7, 2007 01:27 PM

        I don't know what you consider "affordable," but amazon has it for $11.99.

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          slc521 RE: pikawicca Aug 7, 2007 01:38 PM

          I think that you should check the Amazon site again... They have it listed at $199

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            pikawicca RE: slc521 Aug 7, 2007 02:28 PM

            That is a typo. Look further down.

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              slc521 RE: pikawicca Aug 7, 2007 03:29 PM

              Pik - On Amazon.com 12 copies are listed - they range in price from $199 to $600... I don't know which Amazon site you are looking at but here's the link... http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listin...

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                pikawicca RE: slc521 Aug 7, 2007 03:50 PM

                slc521, Sorry, my bad -- I thought the lower items were this book. I bought this a few years back and never made a thing from it, don't know why. I think I paid $35 for it. It's either gone to Goodwill, or it might be in the basement with other unused cookbooks. If I find it, you can have it. I'll look tomorrow.

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                  slc521 RE: pikawicca Aug 7, 2007 04:14 PM

                  Pik - Much appreciated... I really thought I was going crazy or dyslexic...lol.... Thank you for any help...

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                    pikawicca RE: slc521 Oct 26, 2007 12:28 PM

                    I found this yesterday. You may have it. Email me at pikawicca@hotmail.com. Apologies to 'hounds for the multiple posts. I just noticed that slc521 is a rare poster, and the best way of reaching her is on a thread that will pop up on her "MyChow."

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                      slc521 RE: pikawicca Nov 8, 2007 10:40 AM

                      I have been absent for a bit. I tried e-mailing you.

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                    Candy RE: pikawicca Aug 13, 2007 10:43 AM

                    Then you will end up borrowing mine or Jills. i intebd to try that Spiced Quince Butter Cake in a few months. Our favorite pastry chef KT uses it quite a bit too.

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                    free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: slc521 Aug 8, 2007 10:40 PM

                    No typo:


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                      flourgirl RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 9, 2007 05:49 AM

                      Did you look at that closely? The lowest price of an available book is still $194.99.

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                        slc521 RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 9, 2007 07:12 AM

                        It's astounding that the publisher has stopped printing the book. It's obviously a highly sought out book.

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                pitterpatter RE: slc521 Aug 7, 2007 05:01 PM

                Claudia was the best pastry chef to ever grace Manhattan. Buy her book no matter how much that costs. It is so worth it. I've made dozens of her recipes and they are all splendid. I am so honored to be able to have access to these --

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                  slc521 RE: pitterpatter Aug 7, 2007 05:54 PM

                  Pitter - I am willing to pay up to $100, but having just moved $200 is a little steep for me right now.

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                  Old Spice RE: slc521 Aug 7, 2007 10:03 PM

                  Just commented on this exact topic over on the Home Cooking board, where someone informed us that her book is out of print. Doesn't that qualify as a sin? Or, at least a crime? It is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Since it was published, it's been my first and almost only go-to resource for dessert nirvana. Everything I've made from it has been a standout. Just had dinner at the North Fork Table and Inn this weekend. Everything was good, but Fleming's signature composed desserts were the evening's highlights...from a group that usually skips the last course in restaurants.

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                    itryalot RE: slc521 Aug 9, 2007 05:34 AM

                    What is it about this book that makes it so good and expensive? A dessert book?

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                      flourgirl RE: itryalot Aug 9, 2007 06:00 AM

                      I own a copy of this book and I love it and wouldn't consider selling it. That said, I also don't know why someone would pay $199.00 for it. I wouldn't have. (There is actually a first edition autographed copy of this book currently on sale on eBay for $875.00!!) I guess it's just supply and demand at work. And book collectors can be just as fanatical and obsessed in their pursuits as any other collector. I myself have spent months locating a reasonably priced copy of a particular out of print book that I wanted to add to my collection of cooking/baking/candymaking books.

                      I think it's worth remembering that the *asking* prices for this book are currently starting at $199.00, but that doesn't necessarily mean someone has *payed* $199.00.

                      If those books are listed long enough at those prices and no one bites, the prices will start to come down if the sellers really want to sell those books. (On the other hand, if people really are buying the books at those prices, than that's what it's worth, for whatever reason.)

                      Edit: I forgot to add that provenance has everything to do with the value of a collectible, whatever form that collectible may take. The book was written by a well known pastry chef of a well known restaurant in a rather well known city. If this exact same book had been written by Sadie Smith, pastry chef at the Grill and Chill, Podunk USA it probably wouldn't be commanding these same prices.

                    2. flourgirl RE: slc521 Aug 14, 2007 08:03 AM

                      slc521 - There's a "very good" copy of this book available on Amazon for $100!

                      1. emily RE: slc521 Aug 20, 2007 11:22 AM

                        Have you called Gramercy Tavern in NY? I was there last year and I believe I saw copies for sale. I know that Maury Rubin's tart book was available at City Bakery long after it went out of print. Worth a try.

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                          slc521 RE: emily Aug 20, 2007 07:33 PM

                          I didn't think to call them.... But, I guess I could always stop by when I'm downtown... Thanks....

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                            emily RE: slc521 Aug 22, 2007 11:16 AM

                            I actually called since I was curious and the answer was no. My local Barnes & Noble had a copy that sat there for a long time, but when a book is no longer published I was told it gets recalled by the publisher. Too bad.

                        2. babette feasts RE: slc521 Aug 23, 2007 04:14 AM

                          Did you check the library? Library + kinko's = very affordable!

                          NYPL has 14 copies


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                            slc521 RE: babette feasts Aug 23, 2007 07:36 AM

                            thanks for the the info....

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                              linz RE: slc521 Sep 5, 2007 10:33 PM

                              Wondering if you ever called North Fork...and what they said. I've been trying to get a copy of this cookbook for some time

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                                slc521 RE: linz Sep 6, 2007 10:23 AM

                                They said that they didn't have any copies. I did try to email Claudia and write her - didn't get any response though. I guess I will just have to continue looking in every used book store I pass.

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                                  linz RE: slc521 Sep 6, 2007 10:56 AM

                                  Yeah, I know that drill. Good luck to you in your search.

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                                    slc521 RE: linz Sep 6, 2007 01:05 PM

                                    Thank you. You too. The thing that surprises me is that for a book that is so popular, why stop printing it?

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                            srapostre RE: slc521 Mar 9, 2008 10:41 PM

                            i was just recommended this book and I to found it to be outragousely priced, but at random house website they have it on back order for $40.00 not including tax and shipping fees.

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                              Miss Needle RE: srapostre Mar 9, 2008 10:53 PM

                              Perhaps they've changed, but I tried the order the book from Random House a couple of months ago. The order went through, but got an Email several days later that they didn't have it in stock.

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                                winechik RE: Miss Needle May 12, 2008 06:24 PM

                                I was looking for the book forever and decided to give it a go at the the Random House website. I ordered the book in early March and didn't hear anything from them until the end of April when the book shipped. Somewhere, somehow they found one and managed to fill my order, so it might be worth a go for those of you who are still looking. Also, with S&H, it came out to about $47.

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                                  Miss Needle RE: winechik May 12, 2008 07:12 PM

                                  Thanks, but I also received my backorder as well. I was so ecstatic!

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                              leorabakes RE: slc521 Sep 12, 2008 04:33 PM

                              FYI - you can call or email The North Fork and they will ship you a brand new signed copy for $40 for the book plus a shipping and handling. Mine just arrived. YAHOO! Now I just want those lovely people who are trying to sell it for $900 on Amazon to get a real life.

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                                BerkshireTsarina RE: leorabakes Sep 12, 2008 06:41 PM

                                As of tonight, the price quoted on the North Fork website was $50.00 plus tax and shipping. Leora, somehow you got a bargain. I see that the co-author is Melissa Clark, whose columns I carefully skip in the NY Times because they seem so finicky and complicated. Is the cookbook like that? Or is Claudia Fleming more straightforward? Even $50.00 bucks seems high to me for a cookbook. I wonder, why do you who love it, love it?

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                                  flourgirl RE: leorabakes Sep 15, 2008 08:04 AM

                                  edit: this was supposed to be in reply to leorabakes's post....

                                  I frequent Amazon a lot, and I have bought a ton of second hand books from Amazon's Marketplace over the years. And it is pretty amazing how high some of the asking prices can get for out of print books that are really in demand. But when things get really outrageous, like someone trying to sell a copy of "The Last Course" for almost $900, (and I see a lot of this kind of thing in Amazon's second hand market) I just have to scratch my head and wonder what the point of such a listing is. I mean, would anyone pay anything close to that for a cookbook?!? Way back when I used to think listings like that were a mistake someone made as they were adding a lot of inventory to Amazon's Marketplace. But it happens so often now that it clearly isn't a mistake. I guess these people just keep hoping that someone with more money than brains will take the bait...

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                                    Claudette RE: flourgirl Sep 15, 2008 04:20 PM

                                    flourgirl, I've wondered the same thing: I saw one of Emily Luchetti's old books on Amazon for $200, but bought it in a used book store for $19.

                                2. pikawicca RE: slc521 Dec 2, 2008 04:54 PM


                                  I sent the OP my copy of this book. Never heard from her whether or not she ever used it.

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                                    beauxgoris RE: pikawicca Dec 31, 2008 09:26 PM

                                    leorabakes - I'm interested to know: is your new copy (the authors re-issue) the same quality as an older edition? Also is it hardcover? Thank you.

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