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May 20, 2010 09:32 PM

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 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

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    1. 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.

      1. Most of my cookbooks I either purchased new or received as a gift. That said I always look at the ccokbook section of the used bookstore and have found some good ones. Most notably a book on food to give as gifts, with lots of interesting preserves and candies in it.

        1. 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 :)

          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.

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            1. re: justlauralibrarian

              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."