Since cookbooks are the hot topic right now...... [Moved from Home Cooking]
Since cookbooks are the hot topic right now...... Where do you buy your cookbooks and do you buy them used?
I know I certainly do. I use http://www.half.ebay.com/ and of course amazon but I usually buy them used.
In fact a great topic would be what is the cheapest cookbook you have purchased recently?
I have bought the following cookbooks fairly recently and I know I didn't pay more than $5 for them:
"How to cook without a book" by Pam Anderson
"Cooking with Claudine" by Jacques Pepin
"Chinese Cooking for beginners" by Huang Su-Huei
"What's a Cook to Do" by James Peterson
'Cooking Know-how" by Bruce Weinsten
"How to cook" by Pamela Gwyther
and at a garage sale for $1 a piece I got these coffee table cookbooks in pristine condition:
"Italy Today The Beautiful Cookbook" by Lorenza De' Medici
"Artisan baking across America" by Maggie Glezer
"The Bread Baker's Apprentice" by Peter Reinhart
"The great American Baking Book" by Patricia Lousada
"Baking With Julia" by Dorie Greenspan
We have no independent book dealers near us so I buy almost all my cookbooks from either amazon, amazon's used book dealers, half.com or jessica's biscuit. I have also picked up a ton of wonderful cookbooks from the library from $1 to $3 (they periodically sell books to make room on the shelves) including The Bean Bible, The Great Scandanavian Baking Book, Italian Immigrant Cooking and Great Pies and Tarts, My collection numbers over 500 books now. I love my books, try to use them as much as I can and I would never have been able to afford all of them if it wasn't for the second hand dealers, library sales etc.
I usually buy my cookbooks new but this weekend I found three bargains at a flea market near our vacation home in Vermont. This would be a good way of building my cookbook library for weekends as I only have about 20 there (and 800 or so at home!). As the books were $3 each and in excellent condition, I didn't even mind paying again for two that I already had at home - Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson and The Vegetarian Table - Italy by Julia Della Croce. The other was a classic - Maida Heatter's Best Dessert Book Ever. Not bad for $12 total! Though not as great as the bargains you got tonka11_99 - I would have been delighted to get any of those for $1.
I always search thrift stores for unique vintage cookbooks. Recently I've found:
Campbell's Great Restaurants Cookbook, USA (1969)-All of the restaurants submitted signature recipes altered to include campbell's products.
Barbecuing the Weber Covered Way (1972)-Includes instructions on how to roast a suckling pig in a Weber Grill
Blossom Music Center Cookbook (1980)-Not really cool unless you're from Northeastern Ohio, where Blossom is located. But it's one of the more unique local cookbooks I've run across
Zodiac Parties:Menus and Recipes (1967)-According to the back of the book it solves the eternal problems of Whom to invite, what to serve, and how to prepare the food. This one was a gift from a friend who knows my collection.
I've found quite a few things this way. In an antique store some years ago, I happened on a shelving unit FULL of newspaper review copies of cookbooks from the '50s onward. I got Mrs. Brown's Southern Cooking, Shrimp Cookery, and one of my favorite books ever, Robert Farrar Capon's "The Supper of the Lamb."
I noticed a number of recent threads on the subject of cookbooks too - favorites, which five etc. I have The Bread Baker's Apprentice and I've heard good things about Baking with Julia. I'd like to spend more time on bread - it's a personal goal... and since I didn't grow up in a family of bakers I have to start somewhere. ($1! clearly we're not shopping at the same garage sales)
I know several folks (but obviously not all) who collect numerous cookbooks. My MIL has a formidable collection, numbering in the hundreds. I don't have the space so I try books out by borrowing from the library/ a friend. We moved last year and I donated what I could of the books I hadn't used in years. I've collected a few more... but I find inspiration not only in cookbooks, but from the COTM discussions, the what's for dinner? and baking threads, and in a handful of food blogs that I follow. Some days inspiration comes from what I forgot about in the crisper that needs to be used up pronto :)
I go back and forth between the local independent wherever I happen to be living and Jessica's Biscuit, feeling guilty about the latter but happy to save the coin (and the autographed copies they so often feature are pretty cool). Any used cookbooks tend to come from big book fairs---best find was James Peterson's _Splendid Soups_ for like $4.50 at the Printer's Row Book Fair in Chicago.