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Best Used or Discount Bookstore for Cookbooks in Toronto (Downtown)

Breadcrumbs May 27, 2011 12:47 PM

A friend is visiting and she's asked if we can visit a used or discount bookstore as she'd like to pick up some cookbooks.

Any suggestions? We'll be on foot or subway (or taxi back to Union if need be!!)

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    looosia RE: Breadcrumbs May 27, 2011 01:12 PM

    I like BMV in the Annex for cookbooks. You can find some good classics there, like books by Marcella Hazan, but it's hit or miss so you'll have to keep checking. I also find Book City to be good for decently-priced new books. Also in the Annex area is a smaller used bookstore in the semi-basement level on Bloor, in between BMV and Book City, also on the south side of the street. I can't recall the name but I find that this place often has some best sellers that you can't find at BMV.

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      taterbrandy RE: looosia May 27, 2011 04:07 PM

      Also, the BMV branch at Eglinton & Yonge is very good for cookbooks. There is a big table in front of the cash desk, as well as a series of shelves near the north wall of the ground floor.

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        Breadcrumbs RE: taterbrandy May 29, 2011 08:53 AM

        I haven't been to either BMV before loosia and taterbrandy so we sincerely appreciate the recommendation. Thank-you!

    2. foodyDudey RE: Breadcrumbs May 27, 2011 02:31 PM

      I have found interesting cookbooks at She Said Boom! http://www.shesaidboom.ca/ and have only been to the 372 College St. location.

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        soytoy RE: foodyDudey May 27, 2011 10:16 PM

        Ah, I have been meaning to go to She Said Boom! for some time now.

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          Breadcrumbs RE: foodyDudey May 29, 2011 08:57 AM

          foodyDudey thanks so much for this, we'll definitely check out She Said Boom. We're heading to the AGO and planned to hit the Kensington Market before heading home so this is a perfect recommendation.

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          blogs RE: Breadcrumbs May 27, 2011 05:06 PM

          Elliot's on Yonge north of Wellesly a good selection

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            Breadcrumbs RE: blogs May 29, 2011 08:59 AM

            Thanks blogs, much appreciated. I may check it out tomorrow as I have a meeting at Bay & Bloor.

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            wano RE: Breadcrumbs May 29, 2011 06:29 AM

            browse in any book store and then buy it online at amazon.ca.
            sorry chapters, it has a limited selection and does not deliver as fast.

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              2k1sedan RE: wano May 29, 2011 08:51 AM

              try http://www.abebooks.com/
              especially if you are looking for specific, out of print cookbooks
              I picked up a good copy of Madam Benoit Encyclopedia of Cooking for a good price there

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                Breadcrumbs RE: 2k1sedan May 29, 2011 09:02 AM

                I agree 2k1sedan, I've picked up tons of fabulous deals at Abes.

                wano, my friend loves visiting used bookstores so this is really about the outing itself. I'm w you on Amazon vs Chapters though. Plus you get the 37% off as a matter of course, no memberships required. I know Chapters has recently launched their free Plum rewards but I think it's too little too late. I also like the recommendations that Amazon provides, very helpful.

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