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Apr 15, 2008 08:08 PM

New library: L'Occasion Gourmande

The folks at Librarie Gourmande opened a new library on nearby De Castelnau. This one, L'Occasion Gourmande, specializes in used cookbooks. They have French and English. They are also building a collection of Quebec books for conservation.

Located at 366 De Castelnau, between Drolet and St-Denis. 3 minutes from Jean-Talon market. Not sure about the business hours, 514-759-9143

Everybody should dig their most precious treasures and sell them at l'Occasion Gourmande so I can spend my next pay check there.

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  1. cool, I can buy old cook books with sticky pages, full of flour with oil spots and wine stains.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      The best ones! Somebody tested the recipe and did not only look at pictures. With the added bonus of recipes/newspaper clipping dropping on the floor!

    2. I've also had luck finding cookbooks at Renaissance Montréal, a charity shop very close to there - St-Laurent + Castelnau. One treasure from there the original edition of "A Book of Middle Eastern Food" by Claudia Roden.

      I have a cookbook from Expo 67, or is it the 76 Olympics? In either case I'll give it to them, as I never use it and it is interesting for food historians to see how such events gave an impetus to trying new foods. Funny what was "exotic" 30 or 40 years ago...

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      1. re: lagatta

        If you have an Expo67 cookbook, I will happily take it off your hands. My father was one of the head architects at Expo, and I love to collect memorabilia of the fair. Anything Expo, is my motto...which I just made up this second.

        1. re: lagatta

          The McCord Museum also collects ephemeral cookbooks and would likely be interested in your book. But bomobob has such a great personal connection...and a motto, after all. Just make sure he issues you a charitable donation tax reciept ;)

          1. re: lagatta

            I'll go check this weekend whether it is Expo or the Olympics - it is just a small, freebie or cheap type paperback cookbook. Sure I'd be pleased to send it to anyone on the board.

            1. re: lagatta


              If it is the for the Olympics, I can annoy my sweetie AND take it off your hands at the same time...