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Apr 17, 2011 02:45 PM


found "art of mexican cooking" by diana kennedy and "cooking of southwest france" by paula wolfert in a thrift shop for 3 dollars each.

there was a cajun and a creole book i might go back for. forget the titles and authors (one guy was goofy looking but not paul prudhomme or justin wilson).

in your faces!

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  1. Score is right. Don’t you love hunting for stuff in thrift stores? I always think I’ve hit the lottery when I find a cast iron pan there.

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    1. re: Woodfireguy

      yeah antique stores are great places to get cast iron too, even better maybe. they are usually battered to hell, but SOS pads and crisco can usually fix them up

    2. Where I live the public libraries all have used book shops. It's really amazing what you can find, for just a few bucks, when people decide to donate their never-used-much books.

      1. As a avid collector of pop up books my most recent score was five pop ups on cooking techniques. A quest of three years (from the time I learned about them until the moment I laid my hands on them). So worth the rush.

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        1. re: HillJ

          Pop-up books on cooking techniques? Do tell more? I'm a pop-up fan as well. (Ever see the pop-up book of phobias? It's incredible.) I'd love to know what to look for. Sounds great!

          1. re: cayjohan

            Ah, another pop up book fan, wonderful! I only learned about the cooking/food category by accident while trading on ebay and it all began with a flip book, not an actual pop up book. But the best place to seek out these treasures is vintage book shops, ebay, amazon used book sellers and Etsy. 90% of my collection is adult books; very few children's titles but I do cave once in awhile.

            I have the Phobia popup you mentioned as well as (are you ready) some 613 titles from all around the world. I also belong to the MBS:
            useful membership. Happy hunting, cayjohan!!

            1. re: HillJ

              I frankly don't know if I should thank you (which I'm doing: Thank You!), or mildly curse you for revealing to me a new obsessive avenue! I just culled about 300 books from our library, and I guess the old "Nature abhors a vacuum" thing is coming into play! I don't know how I never thought of food as being a perfect pop-up book subject. Brilliant.

              Thanks again...and I'll refrain from the mild curse! <grin>

              1. re: cayjohan

                Ha! If you've ever had the pleasure of sitting in a room with book collections and their books you know just how passionate the topic can get. Have fun with the quest!

        2. Nice!! Reminds me of my "Essentials of Italian Cooking" by Marcella Hazan score for a buck at a flea market (hard cover, hardly used, couple recipes tagged with paper flags). Back before eBay became a retailers warehouse, I used to find deals there. I got Prudhomme's Louisianna Kitchen for $5 (including shipping)'s one of my treasured books!

          It's so rewarding to find deals on things you can use. But you have to be careful, lest you amass a thrift store in your own home!!!