Time to check out that cookbook shelf.
I stumbled upon this book, "Mexican Gourmet" by Maria Yzabal (1995) - actually I didn't stumble upon the book itself, but rather the Half.com listing for it. The asking price? $200. That's right, $200 for a book just published in 1995. It does indeed appear to be out of print. I figured, "What kind of numnut would pay $200 for a recipe for tortilla soup?" and assumed that the book would never be sold. Now I look back and surprise - it's gone - and there isn't a copy to be found. Some of the other book listing services have it, but the prices are almost as high.
Well, then I looked on Ebay. In fact a copy of it sold there on January 3 for the big price of .... $12!! Lucky bidder, dumb seller, I guess.
So, my question: does anyone have this book? Is it really so special? If it's so great, why isn't it reprinted?
It does seem inevitable that the book will eventually be reprinted and those $200 copies will be worth $10 again.
Side point: does anyone else notice that the buys are getting worse and worse over time on Half.Com? There was a time when it seemed like everything was cheap, but the sellers appear to be willing to let things sit for longer now. For many books it's actually cheaper to buy new on buy.com than it is to buy a tattered version on Half.Com. Is there really anyone out there who cares if they have a "first edition" of a Rick Bayless book?