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Sep 6, 2010 04:45 PM

Where do you get your cookbooks?

Hi there,

I was just reading another thread about cookbooks and someone mentioned "The Good Cook" as a source for inexpensive cookbooks. I'd never heard of them and it made me wonder what else I don't know about!!

I tend to buy my cookbooks:

New: only if they are on sale and usually from a big book store, book re-seller (eg. Winners, Homesense) or, on-line
Used: Abe Books, yard sales, local used bookstore

So how about you, are you finding some great deals?

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  1. I buy many of my cookbooks in the bargain section of the Barnes and Noble. They often have a great selection of ethnic cookbooks for under $10.

      1. re: junglekitte

        Second that. After a terrible experience at B&N, I refuse to purchase anything from them anymore. It's amazon all the way. If I'm too impatient to wait for delivery, then I'll just drop by Borders.

        I've also purchased a copy of the old Joy of Cooking from this guy on the street for a dollar. And my Time Life series of Cooking around the world came from Ebay.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Also Amazon. I have Amazon Prime and I absolutely love it! The books are usually cheaper than at Jessica's Biscuit or anywhere else. I love getting them in two days!

            1. re: junglekitte

              I love it too. It is an indulgence that is well-worth it.

              1. re: roxlet

                Amazon here, too. Just one click and ... :)

                I also get some at a huge used bookstore nearby -- usually there's a lot you don't want, but I've had some successes, too ... enough to keep me coming back, lol.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            Ah, Miss Needle, you brought back memories of those Time-Life cookbooks with the gorgeous photos! I used to have several but they've gotten lost in moves over the years.

            1. re: oakjoan

              Yes, they are absolutely treasures! Sorry you lost them in moves. I'm actually moving in a couple of weeks. Hopefully the collection will remain intact.

        2. Ebay and are some other sources. I have in the past bought from, you can request a book and they were very reasonable on new titles. They used to have a list but now you send a request.

          1. I usually buy mine at

            I get a lot of books for a $1.00. Shipping for the 1st book is $3.95. 2nd book is approx $2.89 and the 3rd book is $1.99 or so if it is from the same bookseller.

            1. I love books, period. Cookbooks are especially nice.

              There are a few used book stores near me. My favourite has had several additions; it's become a dusty haunted house maze, with books in place of murderers. (Murderers, I don't love.) My favorite things I've found from there were:

              An old Wesson Oil home ec paperback. It's written by engineers for teenage girls. The photography is 100% hideous; done exactly as an old physics textbook. It also gives suggestions for how to be popular. And the food is good. All sweets.

              Very thick book on the science of food from the 50's. It's chock full of graphs and explanations of what the different kinds of carbohydrates are made of. Some things like why whole grains are good for one or why open kettle canning will kill one, made a lot of sense after reading it.

              I've only used to get the book by Molly from Orangette and Heston Blumenthal's perfection books. (Which are excellent.) And every time I go to Borders or Barnes and Nobles I do check their bargain sections. I found an excellent book on Thai foods for 5 dollars, but I've been otherwise unlucky.

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              1. re: Altarbo

                I get most of my cookbooks from my mom, who gets the kind that volunteer groups/churchs/schools put together to raise money for their groups and charity.

                As far as down-home cooking goes, those recipes can't be beat because they've been tested and modified for generations.

                Having said that, keep a close eye on thrift stores/garage sales from senior citizens for OLD ones from the 1960's-70's, especially if you're in the mid-west, because those old ones come from farming communities and have old traditional ethnic gems in them from old timers who've taken certain recipes to the grave with them.

                For instance, canning recipes, ethnic recipes, and especially all sorts of old world cakes and bread recipes you can't even find anymore.

                I like to go to the "Miscellaneous" section of these farm-community cookbooks and learn how to make cheese "brown cheese" or sauces for canning.

                I'm looking at my grandma's right now from about 1965, "50th Anniversary Cookbook, published by The Women's Committee of the Henry County Farm Bureau." It has things like homemade yeast, mincemeat, homemade soap.

                It's a piece of history, really.

                1. re: natewrites

                  It sounds absolutely incredible. Sadly, around here, our food fundraisers tend to focus on things you can eat. Fried chicken, fried sea creatures, barbecued chicken, jamabalaya, and pancakes.