This week is the big used book sale at our library. We posted about it in 2011. The Friends of the Library organize it and it is one of the biggest in the country. They advertise 100,000 books and stuff ( CDs, DVDs, puzzles, etc). This year that number is a bit lower, 90,000?, because of a lot of reasons. None the less, that is a LOT of books but if you dig around and take the time you can find some amazing treasures.
Before we went to the sale I mentioned to Curt that our copy of The Joy of Cooking (revised, copyright 1972) by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker was getting pretty beat up. We got it when we were married and have used it for a lot of basic cooking information, even how to set the table. But the spine is starting to split and it’s pretty spotted with grease and water and whatever else was spattering while the book lie open on the counter.
Amazingly, at the sale we located two newer copies in the cookbook section of the book sale. Note: Our book sale organizers put things generally into categories which makes it a lot easier to search for a possible treasure. The copy we settled on was The All New, All Purpose Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker ( rev. ed. 1997) for $2.00. Both of the ladies have passed and Ethan is Irma’s grandson.
The book is bigger in length and width and contains 1136 pages vs 849 pages in our old copy. The later book has a new illustrator and it seems like fewer illustrations. The older book had quaint illustrations and printed many more to explain a simple process. For instance like pouring the batter for a pancake.
It still has the chapter on setting the table but a nice addition in the new book is a section on eating with chopsticks.
The section on cutting meat goes on and on in the old book. Two full pages for each meat: beef, veal, pork, lamb. The new book instead has one half page for each.
Finally some chapters have different headings but I don’t think this will cause us too many problems. After all I haven’t had the need to check for fritters or croquettes in quite a while, if ever.So that was our find of the used book sale. It is a beauty and we will have fun breaking it in, a few spatters here and few spatters there. But you’ll have to excuse me, there are a few other treasures in my book bag that I want to look through.
Let’s see, Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart, Taken by Robert Crais, The American Girls Handy Book ( Centennial Edition), Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Betty Crocker’s Bisquick Cookbook….