The Saturday, I made it to the Friends of the Seattle Public Library 's biannual book sale at Magnuson Park. A mob scene with a

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Notes from the Friends of the Library Book Sale

Why both cooks and cookbook publishers should go.

The Saturday, I made it to the Friends of the Seattle Public Library's biannual book sale at Magnuson Park. A mob scene with a 20-minute checkout line, but well worth the effort. I picked up this and this and this for three dollars, plus a "scientific cookery" cookbook from 1911 and a pamphlet on creole cooking printed in New Iberia, Louisiana. All in all, I added two feet to my home library, mostly back-catalog and vintage cookbooks.

Just like any time I peruse the shelves at Goodwill, what amused and disturbed me about the sale was that 60 percent of the cookbooks—and there were easily 5,000 of them—were about diets or microwaves. A lot of you, apparently, are buying diets and microwaves, and then giving up on them. For shame? Good for you? Not sure.

There's apparently another sale in November, as well as the next biannual sale in the spring. Check the website for more info. 

 
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