WANTED: Are Nearly-New Cookbooks Okay?

goldgirlOctober 1, 2006

Last swap there was a question about vintage items, and I'd like to know if folks are okay with cookbooks from a used book store, assuming they're in excellent condition?

This would really expand the possibilities, since there are so many interesting out-of-print cookbooks. Also, it might allow someone to purchase a book that would otherwise be out of their comfort zone in terms of price.

What do you think?

Sue

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Virginia7074

I, for one, am OK with that. In the last swap I participated in, I got 3 used cookbooks in great condition, one of which was "Baking with Julia".

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 9:18PM
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ann_t

Sue, I don't mind used cookbooks either. There is a wonderful used book store in Victoria that has the biggest selection of cookbooks I've seen. I've found some real gems there.

I hope my partner posts to this thread.

Ann

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 9:22PM
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mer4205

I have some great used and vintage cookbooks that I have found at area library book sales. Sometimes you can find a gem! I have a collecion of "Joy" that spans some years! -maria

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 9:33PM
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robinkateb

I for one am just assuming that used are okay as I have two cookbooks in my collection that I think would be great for my partner and both are out of print. Hmmm, I wonder if this means my cookbook collection is out of date or if that is just me. LOL

-Robin

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 9:39PM
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lynnalexandra

I think used are fine - especially if it's something not otherwise available or is collectible - but anything used in good condition is fine. I'm glad you asked because I'd actually been doing some searching and come across a couple of interesting cookbooks that are only available used.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 9:39PM
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terri_pacnw

I agree, perfectly wonderful idea!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 10:34PM
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robinkateb

btw, i do not mean I will be sending my cookbooks to my partner, I would buy a new/used copy.

Robin

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 11:18PM
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jessyf

Used works for me. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 11:51PM
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granjan

I have no problem with used. In fact I have made a deal with myself that I will try very hard NOT to buy new cookbooks. I have so many that something has to be very special for me to need a new book. But there are ones I grab when I see them at my used stores.

I just scored a practically new copy of Alice Medrich's Cocolat for $7.95! This usually goes for over $100, although Amazon has a few copies now for about $60. Would someone be offended that a sharp-eyed shopper paid so little for a rare classic. I hope not! (And no I'm not sending my copy to my partner!)

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 12:47AM
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lindainct

I have been the happy receipient of several old jam and jelly booklents in past swaps. I think it is a great idea especially something out of print that is "just the right thing"
Linda

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 1:16AM
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compumom

No problem here either.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 4:23AM
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momto4kids

Fine by me, too.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 5:17AM
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debbie814

Perfectly fine with me.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 5:21AM
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triciae

I'm laughing at this thread. Buying stuff "used" is sooooo me! Eighty percent of our household is lovingly "pre-owned"!

As an aside, a couple years back...DH & I were just out prowling around one weekend and came upon quite accidently the absolute perfect end-of-season thank you gift for our dockmaster. We stumbled across a seller who needed cash and sold us a First Edition copy of 'Moby Dick' for $55. What a treasure...as I was gift-wrapping it..well, let's just say I felt like a two-year old that didn't want to share!

Tricia

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 5:55AM
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lori316

Since I have so few cookbooks to begin with, any book would be great! :)

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 7:01AM
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andi_2006

Fine with me! Through the years, I've purchased some real treasures at auctions and used bookstores.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 8:54AM
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shaun

Fine by me, I'd hope for some hand written notes in it too!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 8:56AM
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sally2_gw

I'm definately all for used books, cookbooks included. I bought a new version of a cookbook for my daughter for Christmas, paid around $25.00 which I thought was a bargain since the 'new book' bookstore chain had it for $35. Then a couple of months later found it at a used bookstore for only $5.99. Now, this copy was water damaged, but every page was in good shape, just a bit warped. I snatched it up for myself. I wouldn't send a damaged copy of a book, but I wouldn't mind receiving a cosmetically challenged book if all the pages were there and readable. In fact, I checked a new cookbook out of the library recently, and a whole chunk of pages were missing. It didn't look like they were torn out, but more like they were never put in. So, even new books can be damaged. I love the whole concept of used anything.

Sally

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 11:18AM
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chancesmom

I am fine with used, and like sahun says, your handwritten notes would be cool!

janet

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 11:23AM
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chase_gw

Vintage anything (except underwear!) works for me!!!

I have found some great used cookbooks at garage sales and church sales. The ones I don't care for are the new books that make the "discount table" at big bookstores.....usually one recipe in the whole book that is worth anyhting. Content is the key!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 11:55AM
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ziporion

Count me in too!

Catherine

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 12:01PM
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Bizzo

Ok by me, too!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 2:04PM
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brenda55

I agree completely. Used is good.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 2:14PM
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lakeguy35

Fine with me too!

David

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 3:52PM
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Gina_W

I'm good with that!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 4:01PM
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lorijean44

I'm okay with that, too!! I have several "gently" used cookbooks in my collection (I love e-Bay for that!!)

Lori

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 4:13PM
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publickman

Some used books are actually more costly than when they were new (I've sold some collectible books on Amazon for above retail price - they were out of print), but some become bargains. Often you will get more for your money by buying used. Some used cookbooks are horribly out of date - I bought an Appetizer Cookbook from the 1970s for camp value, but the recipes were terrible. It only cost $3.50, however, and the pictures were interesting, if unappetizing.

You can also find used and new DVDs on eBay for a good price sometimes. Used is fine if it is still good and relevant.

Lars

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 4:25PM
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finally

Ok by me too!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 4:49PM
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sheshebop

ok by me also.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 5:19PM
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craftyrn

Oh pre-owned is fine -- we have 2 little bookstores in our area that I literally prowl thru once every couple weeks -- some fabulous finds have made great Birthday & Christmas gifts over the years-- and must admit not just a few have ended up on my cookbook shelves !

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 6:22PM
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stacy3

sorry my computer is acting up awfully and I am trying to scan and straighten it out - my time is short - I havenot read through the thread, but it sounds pretty cool to me! My house is old, my soul is old..I love vintage stuff and the history that goes with them

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 7:52PM
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msrevise

totally fine by me--i find some of my favorite stuff in used bookstores!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 9:24PM
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riverrat1

I Love used books! Better than new, especially if there are notes written on the pages, even though I wouldn't dare write in a book ;-)!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 10:01PM
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trixietx

Would be fine with ne!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 11:45PM
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coronabarb

I don't write in books either! But I sure do stuff notes in the pages. And, being the cookbook lover that I am, used is fine with me.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 1:06AM
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girlsingardens

Just fine with me. I love reading old canning books and the old Ball and Kerr canning books. I have come up with combinations that I haven't seen before.

Stacie

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 8:59AM
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lowspark

Used is ok with me, I'm a garage-sale-aholic so I have a lot of used items. Just bought TWO used cookbooks this weekend!! And now I'll have to decide whether to keep both or send one to my partner!!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 10:19AM
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dedtired

Sure used are fine. The pages with the most cooking splatters are generally the best recipes!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 10:33AM
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doucanoe

yep, fine with me, too!

Linda

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 10:42AM
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traceys

It's ok with me too.

Tracey

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 2:05PM
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teresa_nc7

I said I liked vintage cookbooks and those appliance and products booklets from the 40s and 50s - so Yes! nearly-new, not-so-new and new-once-upon-a-time are fine with me.

Teresa

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 6:07PM
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deanna1949

Oh, that would be neat! Most of my favorite cookbooks are oldies. But, I'm a tightwad and rarely buy new ones!!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 10:13PM
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netla

I don't mind used, in fact some of my favourite cookbooks came to me second hand.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2006 at 10:54AM
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mustangs81

I MUST HAVE NEW!!

Just kidding. I just got a used copy of Roasting-A Simple Art by Barbara Kafka for $2.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2006 at 5:01PM
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olyharris

Absolutely fine with me!!
(I'm always one of the last to post... I'll get the hang of this thing yet!!)

Oly

    Bookmark   October 4, 2006 at 5:39PM
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blueiris24

That is fine with me!

    Bookmark   October 4, 2006 at 8:01PM
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lsr2002

Of course!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2006 at 12:55PM
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catlover

I like not nearly new cookbooks too. Prior ownership can only add to the character of a cookbook! Adele

    Bookmark   October 5, 2006 at 6:20PM
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dgkritch

I like old cookbooks too.
I have one from a church group that has an advertisement for a funeral home in it...wonder what THAT means?!?!?
Deanna

    Bookmark   October 6, 2006 at 6:28PM
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colo_lady

I never met a cookbook I didn't like!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 11:32AM
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