This is my initial post in the book category. Since retiring in July 2007, I have been slowly collecting cookbooks, most of which are out-of-print. Actually my interest is a bit broader because it includes books on the history of food, culture and cuisine. In the near term, I intend that most of my blog posts will be about these books.
I buy my most of my books at library book sales and a few at local yard sales in central Massachusetts where I live. A library book sale is a great place to get very good books at bargain prices. Hardcover books usually sell for $1 or $2. Some are ex-library books, but most are not. Over the last three months, it has been my experience that there are many fine books for sale in like-new or very good condition. Many are first editions, which means they are worth more, and I have even found a few signed by the author. For example, for $1 I recently bought a first edition of Emeril Lagasse’s second book, Louisiana Real & Rustic, signed by Emeril. It is worth around $24. I also like the idea that my purchases are helping to fund the libraries.