Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bargain Book Bonanza (16): Deceptively Cheap

Welcome to Bargain Book Bonanza!

A book haul linky party for bargain loving bookworms!

BBB is the place to showcase all the great books (new, used, vintage, electronic, audio) that you have scored on sale.

Each Monday through Thursday, all book lovers are invited to carouse, make merry and revel with bargain book abandon!

Want to join the party? Just visit the Bargain Book Bonanza page for the particulars.

Leslie is hosting this week!

This is an older BBB. Oldie, but a goody!

Delynne posted almost a year ago about this cookbook, Deceptively Delicious. I already had the other book, Sneaky Chef when she wrote her review. But I decided to look for this one to try. This, of course, is not another rehash of all that, uh, mash. This is my BBB!

So. I looked up this book on several websites. I found bargain books that were used, price was good, but the shipping put it up there. Or else it was dirty. I don't know about you, but I cannot stand dirty cookbooks. Blech.

I checked my Half Price Books stores. I looked at Walmart and Barnes and Noble. I just didn't want to spend a lot of  money for a possibly redundant book. I kind of gave up.

Then after reading one of Lesa's BBBs, I started checking my Big Lots for books. That would be a store, y'all, not a comment on the ample proportions I may or may not have.

Well, as chance would have it, lo and behold, I found what I had been looking for! Deceptively Delicious! And how much? Was it $7.99 for a used, food stained (I hope) copy? Was it $15 or more for a brand spanking new copy?

No, my friends. It was NOT. It was a mere, $3.00!!! I know! I couldn't believe it either! A brand, spanking (I smacked it around a bit, so yeah) NEW book - no stains, smells, problems, pages missing, etc., etc. (King and I. Wasn't that a great movie? The original one, I mean. So great. Etc., etc.)

I was so excited, I checked to make sure it wasn't marked wrong. It wasn't! I double checked with the cashier, and when I was told that it was, in fact, $3.00, I got all chatty with her (who by the by, could not care less. She just kept chewing her cud, uh, I mean, gum, looking at me like I had three eyes! Young people these days, am I right? Why, back in my day...well maybe you aren't interested in all of THAT.) Anywho, pret-ty exciting. Pret-ty darn exciting.

So do you have any favorite Bargain Cookbooks? Have you tried this cookbook? 

If you have a bargain book, please share. We love to brag on bargains! The linky will be open through Friday this week.


  1. So funny! Your BBBs are always so entertaining!

    Yay, for Big Lots! don't they have the strangest assortment of books and isn't it fun digging through the bin?

    So happy my recommendation for BBB hunting panned out!

    I have bought bargain cookbooks-- I'll have to dig some out for a BBB post sometime.

  2. I always check the books there now! I found some great ones the other day, but was in a hurry and didn't have to time to choose. They were even on sale for $2. I will be returning!

  3. I remember this book. I meant to try the ketchup recipe.

  4. Hey, get this... We (the family and I) were enjoying the weekend in the city and we saw book number 2 in a book store for only $7.99 Australian dollars. Since we don't add cash at the register and we have the strongest dollar in history (on account of all the Vegemite we buy...or at least that's my guess) that's only about $7.30 US. Cheap for a new book in a bookstore, I thought!


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