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Jun 14, 2014 05:42 AM

Your best cook book finds at garage salesthrift stores etc

What are your all time best cook book discoveries you've discovered at garage sales etc.?
The mythical 'ferrari under a tarp under a tree' types.
I just found this one in a thrift store. I paid $3.00. It weights at least twenty pounds. LOL!
Does any one have this cook book? IMO it's got to be the best 'XXXX' food porn picture book/cook book I've ever seen.

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  1. Although I no longer go thrift tripping all over the kingdom on week-ends I do have a best find that was given to me by a friend who bought it at an estate sale somewhere around 2008. It is "The Complete Asian Cookbook", by Charmaine Solomon. A large book it holds recipes from 15 Asian countries, and those recipes , to a letter, produce exceptionally delicious food. Ms Solomon, who was born in Sri Lanka, has written 31 cookbooks, and is considered to be an expert on Asian cuisine, is known as "the Queen of Asian cooking".

    "The Complete Asian Cookbook" was COTM during the month of August 2010.

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    1. re: Gio

      Wow. That looks like a real treasure!
      Have you made some dishes using the book?

      1. re: Puffin3

        Some? I've made many from each section. Then when it was COTM, I immediately glommed onto those I hadn't yet cooked. Everything was wonderful, I'm happy to say.

        Someone here on CH said, during that COTM month, that in Australia if their house were burning down the only thing they'd save would be this book.

    2. I collect the Time-Life Foods of the World cookbooks. I keep an eye out for them at used book sales, garage sales, and thrift stores. The Cooking of Provincial France is my favorite.

      1. I recently found Shirley Corriher's Cookwise for $3.00 and The New Best Recipe by Cooks Illustrated for $2.00. Both thrift store finds.

        1. Great thread, BTW! All happy...

          1. Absolute best - Marcella Hazan's Classic Italian Cooking and More Classic Italian Cooking for $1 each.

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            1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

              I too paid $3.00 for the Culinaria book.
              Any one ever score any Esscofier books cheap?

              1. re: Puffin3

                Oh yes! The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery - either $2 or $3 at St. Vincent de Paul store. Price tag is illegible.