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Aug 7, 2007 07:30 AM

The Last Course by Claudia Fleming

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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  1. 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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      1. re: berna

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

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

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        1. re: pikawicca

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

          1. re: slc521

            That is a typo. Look further down.

            1. re: pikawicca

              Pik - On 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...

              1. re: slc521

                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.

                1. re: pikawicca

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

                  1. re: slc521

                    I found this yesterday. You may have it. Email me at 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."

                    1. re: pikawicca

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

                  2. re: pikawicca

                    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.

                    1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

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

                      1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

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

              2. 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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                1. re: pitterpatter

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

                2. 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.

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

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                    1. re: itryalot

                      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.