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Long Time, No See! Cookbook Clubs Explored…

All right, it’s been a while.  But I have at least had some interesting things going on.  I’ve been buying cookbooks like they are going out of style lately.  DH thinks it’s fine, as long as I use them!  Some recent acquisitions:

 small bites big nights by Govind Armstrong (2007, Clarkson Potter)

Tapas by Penelope Casas (1985, 2007, Alfred A. Knopf)

Washoku – Recipies from the Japanese Home Kitchen by Elizabeth Andoh (2005, Ten Speed Press)

A Twist of the Wrist – Quick Flavorful Meals with Ingedients from Jars, CAns, Bags, and Boxes by Nancy Silverton (2007, Alfred A. Knopf)

I have to add here that, if you are interested in acquiring massive amounts of cookbooks, The Good Cook book club is a great resource.  I’ve been a member a few times now.  First, check the catalog (which is extensive) to make sure you want enough of their books to make the minimum requirements.  Then, take full advantage of their specials.  The initial sign up is often 4 books for $1 plus shipping, or something similar.  Cheap, at any rate.  Next, meet your minimum requirement of purchases.  If you don’t want their selected offering, be sure to return the reply card on time, or check in online – it’s not a bargain if you don’t want it in the first place.  Then, once you have met your minimum – quit.  You will inevitably receive an offer in the mail a couple of months later saying “we want you back” and you can get a bunch more books for cheap, or buy one get one free…if you can be diligent about the reply cards and your minimum purchase, this can really work to your advantage.   I love receiving 4 or 5 beautiful, expensive, dustjacketed hardcover cookbooks, and paying less than $50 for them!

 The book club I’ve had luck with is www.thegoodcook.com.  I’ve just looked at their site, and they are having a 4 books for $1 each (plus shipping – a few bucks a book) promotion.

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June 24, 2007 - Posted by | cookbook clubs, cookbooks, entertaining, tapas, Tips, Uncategorized

8 Comments »

  1. Sounds like some great info. Does their website also have the same info as the catalog? Maybe we could get a link in a post?

    Comment by Wil | July 4, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thanks, Wil. I knew I could count on you to help a new blogger! I’ve edited the post.

    Comment by princessedamame | July 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. when is the next party……..i wan’t to here more

    Comment by tom | July 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thank you, Tom. The next party was on the Fourth of July. Perhaps if my parents come to paly with my son this weekend, I will be able to post all about it!

    Comment by princessedamame | July 20, 2007 | Reply

  5. @P.E.
    @Tom

    4th was probably the best ever. It seemed like the food was less labor-intensive (of course, what do I know about food?) and from what I gathered, good times had by all.

    Comment by Wil | July 20, 2007 | Reply

  6. Yes, Wil, the food was much less labor-intensive: that’s why I can’t wait to tell everyone about it! Patience, dear readers, it will be worth it..

    Comment by princessedamame | July 21, 2007 | Reply

  7. Stopping by to check out your site-not much into cooking lately-no time. My soon to be MIL and GIL love to cook. They love Rachel and Paula Dean…so I always get them one of those cookbooks for Christmas – Bookclubs set up at school and I can get a great steal on those types of books.

    later gator
    Mercedes

    Comment by Mercedes | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Mercedes! Don’t worry about having no time to cook – that’s what I’m all about. Tonight, I didn’t have much time to fix dinner before Hubby had to eat and run, so it was pasta night: pre-packaged tortelloni (by Buitoni) with a homemade sauce. Who has time for a homemade sauce? Almost anyone! Saute onions in a little olive oil until browned. Add a little (or a lot of) garlic. Canned whole tomatoes (14 oz), a small can of tomato sauce. Simmer a minute, then toss in some wine (I used a port we already had open). Simmer more. Check your email. Go through the mail. Check the supermarket ads. Take maybe 10 minutes. Then, get the pasta cooking. Taste your sauce, and add salt, pepper, a little sugar, maybe a little lemon juice, oregano or basil if you like it. Simmer on low-ish until the pasta’s done. Then eat!

    Comment by princessedamame | October 3, 2007 | Reply


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