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schlesinger library sale report

formerly grueldelux | Jun 18, 2004 08:21 PM

Many thanks to passing thru for the tip, posted a few days ago.

I got there just as the doors were opening at noon and joined about a dozen other early birds who eagerly (but politely) pounced on the two tables of cookbooks. The crowd quickly doubled. I'd say about half of the people totally knew their cookery books and snagged most of the gems in the first five minutes. As I guess you'd expect, the bulk of the books were of the sort you've been passing over for years at used bookstores. Craig Claiborn. Microwave Gourmet. Pierre Franey's 60 Minute Gourmet etc. Perfectly good, I'm sure, but perhaps not aging that well. I didn't see much of anything from current TV chefs and/or personalities like Jamie Oliver, Ming Tsai, Nigella Lawson, Rachel Ray, Mario Batali. Also not much recent from the Famous But Not TV Famous like Alice Waters, Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, Judy Rodgers etc. If there were old classics like Larousse etc., I also didn't see them, nor did I see any Julia Child, Jacques Pepin.That being said, there were a ton of killer books. Here's what I got:

Foods and Wines of Spain (Penelope Casas)
Bistro Cooking (Patricia Wells)
Jewish cooking in America (Joan Nathan)
Classic Indian Cooking (Julie Sahni)
two by Edna Lewis
Fading Feast by Raymond Sokolov (essays on US regional specialties, with recipes)
Peoples Republic of China Cookbook (Nobuko Sakamoto)
Chinese Cookbook (Claiborne, Patricia Lee)
and a thin curiosity: Traditional Dishes of Britain. Many classics or soon-to-be classics, IMO.

total was $24. I consider it a score, though I overheard a bit of grumbling about the prices.

Only wish I had brought the car and maybe an assistant for lugging. Might've scored even better.

Did anyone else make it?

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