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Jul 1, 2014 04:29 PM

Cookbook defects - is it just me?

I've been buying mostly new cookbooks for the last few years, and I've hit a weirdly high number of defects in the last year or so. The publishers have been fantastic about fixing these, but I'm wondering - am I alone in experiencing this?

For example, the most recent book is a copy of Jacques Pepin's New Complete Techniques. It arrived in great condition - no damage, but it's missing chunks of pages (the bindings are intact and look fine, there's no evidence that there was anything there at all). I've also had issues with plasticised pages sticking together and tearing, and with large-format books being bound so tightly that the glue has cracked and the covers torn themselves through opening the book.

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  1. Yikes. Egged on by chowhounders and Eat Your Books, I've bought quite a few new cookbooks in the last two years, but haven't had any of those experiences.

    But am on my way downstairs to make sure all the pages in my Pepin New Complete Techniques are there... it's one of my favorite acquisitions, since I left an original La Technique behind in a move in the 1980s.

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    1. re: ellabee

      I hope it is! I would probably never have noticed if it hadn't obliterated the first half of the index :(