Great morning for yard sales! It’s a clear, cool morning and it feels great outside. My first stop at 7 am is the only sale for the hour. I can show up and spend some quality time!
I’m not the first one there, but as I’m looking around the items I can’t see any cookbooks. I approach the lady running the sale and ask if she had any cookbooks. We start talking about my blog and Connell (as I now know her) said that she did have some inside. She went in the house and came out about five minutes later with a nice stack of cookbooks.
I went through the stack and picked out these:
As we were talking about the cookbooks, Helen shows me this particular cookbook and tells me that it’s her grandmother’s cookbook. It’s called The Cook’s Favorite by Helen Mullikin. Her grandmother, Helen, was born in New Orleans and later became a Food Columnist in Jacksonville, Florida for the Florida Times-Union.
She’s holding on to this one for herself, but Connell knows that she has a box of extra copies up in her attic somewhere. She wants to keep some for her children which is a fantastic way to give them a connection to their great-grandmother. But I give her my card and hope that she gives me a call when she comes across the box and can spare a copy for me.
The next sale only comes up with a few cookbooks. Here’s what I got:
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant Cookbook (Chef William King), Historic Lexington Cooks (Stonewall Jackson House Cookbook Committee, Historic Lexington Foundation—Stonewall Jackson House) and Secret Recipes (Ridgecrest School PTA, Stanfield, NC).
My next stop has a very thin selection of items in the driveway. The couple holding the sale are very apologetic and tell me that the big items they wanted to sell this morning were in a storage pod. But the storage pod was never delivered to their house. No pod = not much of a sale.
So, since the sale was advertised in the newspaper, they still feel obligated and are holding the sale, but selling a few of their kid’s indoor and outdoor toys. They were quick to say that they would have the sale again on Sunday after the pod had been delivered.
I ask if any cookbooks were in the pod. The lady said no, but did go inside and grab some for me. Here’s what I got:
Mollie Katzen’s Sunlight Café and Cooking with Class (The Parent’s Council, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, NC).
What a really interesting morning! I’ve met the granddaughter of an esteemed Food Columnist and missed going inside a storage pod by thismuch! I want to say I’ve seen Helen’s cookbook before but I can’t be completely sure. I googled the word combination of cookbookaholic with Helen’s name and came up blank. Oh well, at least I can keep an eye out for it in future yard sales.