I recently missed a Saturday for garage sales because I wasn’t feeling well. Whenever something like this happens, I check out the Craigslist offerings in hopes of making up for the lack of yard sale action.
In going through the online sales, I spot a nice chunk of books for the low, low price of $25. It’s been there a few days, so I send an email and ask if they’re still for sale. That’s a really great price for the number of cookbooks in the pictures. If I can snag these, that’ll be a great haul.
A little while later, I get a response. They’re still available and they can meet me in about half an hour.
The cookbooks are one town over from me, so it’ll take me most of that half hour to get over there. We meet in an apartment building parking lot and when I pull up, I’m greeted by a lady, her husband and their daughter with four US Airways bags.
If you’ve ever taken a flight with US Airways, then you’ll recognize these bags from when the attendants take up the drinks and trash near the end of the flight. Those bags can hold a lot of aluminum cans and plastic cups. And I’m hoping these four bags will hold a ton of cookbooks.
Let’s take a look at what I’ve got:
(Bottom to top) Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2002, The Best of Country Cooking 2002, It’s in the Bag!, Bake and Freeze Desserts (Elinor Klivans), Family Circle Big Book of Christmas, Eva’s Kitchen (Eva Longoria with Marah Stets), Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook, Green Thumbs in the Kitchen (Green Thumb), The Cookie and Biscuit Bible (Catherine Atkinson with recipes by Joanna Farrow and Valerie Barrett), Apple Cookbook (Olwen Woodier) and Smoothies & Ice Treats (Lindsay Barnes and Amy Shawgo).
That Green Thumbs cookbook is by an organization that focuses on providing training opportunities and meaningful community service jobs for low-income older workers. I love the quote on the cover of the cookbook: “When It’s Smokin’ It’s Cookin’ & When It’s Burnt It’s Done.” Sounds about right to me…
(Bottom to top) Pillsbury: The Complete Book of Baking, Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly (Phyllis Pellman Good), Express Lane Meals (Rachel Ray), The Kids’ Holiday Baking Book (Rosemary Black), The Dead Celebrity Cookbook (Frank DeCaro), Favorite Brand Names Incredibly Easy Silly Snacks, The Pizza Gourmet (Shea MacKenzie), The Donut Book (Sally Levitt Steinberg), Kraft No Oven Summer Sensations, Secrets of Fat-Free Baking (Sandra Woodruff, RD) and Good Home Baking (Diana Peacock).
(Bottom to top) SLAR 1998, Gooseberry Patch Christmas 6, Taste of Home Annual Recipes 2004, Great Cookies for Kids (Joanna Farrow), America’s Favorite Brand Name Light Cooking, The Pleasure of Herbs (Phyllis Shaudys), Put ‘em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling and Cupcakes (Shelly Kaldunski).
(Bottom to top) SLAR 2001, Baking (Dorie Greeenspan), Crazy Plates (Janet & Greta Podleski), Fit-It and Forget-It: Kids’ Cookbook (Phillis Pellman Good), 365 Great Cookies & Brownies (Joanne Lamb Hayes and Bonnie Tandy Leblang), The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions (John E. Thomas & Danita Pagel), Cupcakes from the Cake Doctor (Anne Byrn) and Totally Muffins Cookbook (Helene Siegel and Karen Gillingham).
Pretty awesome finds! I asked the lady offering up the cookbooks why she was getting rid of all these. After all, she’s parting ways with a quite a few. With a smile, she says that her husband told her that if she could get rid of some, then she was allowed to get some more. Spoken like a true cookbookaholic. She’s freeing up some space to make room for some new ones!