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Discounted cookbooks- where do you buy or order online?

My husband wanted 2 Marcella Hazan books so I ordered from Jessica's Biscuits. I was wondering if there are any competitors that might even be cheaper. We are addicted to cookbooks so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Check out Amazon.com. They have book sellers that sell books in new to used condition for various prices, but deeply discounted. I've ordered "slightly used" books and they look brand new. I think what happens is some of these sellers are brokers and get samples they want to sell. Again this isn't Amazon selling the books but outside sellers. The shipping is $2.99 no matter who sells it.

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    1. re: monku

      You didn't say what you paid, but check out this listing of new and used Marcella Hazan books on Amazon.com

      1. re: monku

        i bought my marcella hazan books on half.com for an embarrassingly low $3 + shipping. LOVE them!!!

      1. re: Monch

        I second alibris, lots of choices, and very easy to use.

        Janet Jarvis used cookbook are great, but the site is a bit frustrating, and her prices are moderate. Calling her might be best.


        1. re: Monch

          Alibris sellers sell on Amazon.com too.

        2. I wish you could go through the ones I have.I would like to downsize my 200+ books.i have gotten alot of cheap ones from estate sales.Sometimes Goodwill has a bunch too.

            1. re: Gio

              abebooks.com was acquired by Amazon Aug 1, 2008.

            2. If the book is not deemed out of print, vintage or collectible the cheapest inventory of new cookbooks remains Half.com. However, if the cookbook falls in any special category of appreciation ie. no longer published, vintage, collectible or signed by the author the ebay.com is amazingly suited for finding these gems.

              1. I get almost all my books from www.half.com.

                1. Go to powells.com ... they have new and used cookbooks as well as books on any other subject you can come up with.

                  1. I go to the Half Price Bookstore and browse. Some are new, some used, but I like to be able to thumb through a cookbook before I buy it. The only problem I have found is that one time I got home with a cookbook I really wanted only to find out that the previous owner had cut some pages out of it! They are always discounted though, even if they are new. They have a website but I couldn't get it to load when I tried a little while ago. Going into the store is much better, if you have one around your area.

                    1. I usually use Amazon for discounts and AbeBooks for secondhand.

                      1. If you haven't tried Daedalus Books, you should. It's where I buy 95% of my cookbooks:
                        Go to the "Cooking" section to view lists. Where else can you find books for 5 dollars and less? The selections are limited, but you'll be surprised at all that they have. Books are never used, not that matters to some. They have great deals on CDs and DVDs, as well. Good luck!

                        1. I get many cookbooks as well as reading books from thriftbooks.com Most books are about $4 and shipping is free. And if you get more than one book from the same seller, you get 50 cents off per additional book.

                          1. Amazon.com. Usually you can choose from a number of used copies in varying conditions at various prices, most of the time bargain prices.