I began my cookbook collection when I was in high school with the purchase of Farm Journal’s Homemade Breads, the 1985 version. I wasn’t an avid cook or even an occasional cook, but I loved bread (still do) and thought that someday I would learn how to make my own. Well, I did learn how to make my own bread, and from that simple beginning my cookbook collection has slowly grown over the years to well over 100, although I’m not exactly sure of the current number. The last count two years ago come in somewhere around 130, and my collection has definitely grown since then!
I’m always on the lookout for great deals on cookbooks, and I’ve picked up used books from eBay, yard sales, or Freecycle, and years ago I belonged to a cookbook-of-the-month type club. Recently I came across a great source for cookbooks that has been alive and well for quite some time but is a new find for me. Jessica’s Biscuit® has been selling cookbooks for 27 years, first out of the family living room and now in a large warehouse in Massachusetts. This boutique bookseller focuses on cookbooks and caters to cookbook collectors. Their selection of over 14,000 titles runs the gamut, including new releases, bestsellers, out-of-print or hard-to-find, and the skills levels range from basic to gourmet. They do offer a few other genres of books as well as their own label of single origin coffee beans, but selling cookbooks is their specialty.
They offer everyday discounts at 20-75% off retail, and they have some nice perks for buyers:
- Free shipping on all orders $25 and over, with all products qualifying,
- Free bonus items for shipments $40 and over, such as coffee, books, and t-shirts, and
- Free magazine subscriptions for shipments over $50.
The company has recently launched a new website design and they are working to expand their online offerings, including wish lists and gift registries. You can also order gift certificates for your favorite foodies.
[An original post from Andrea Meyers: making life delicious. All images and text copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.]
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