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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

How Romantic!


Saturday was 'date night', and Matt and I had dinner, followed by a night at the theater (Arsenic & Old Lace). But we had a big block of time before the show started, so we headed to one of our favorite places...Edward McKay's Used Books and CD's.

McKay's recently moved from their old location to a much, much bigger building...and more importantly, with lots of parking!

Matt's been there since the move, but this was my first visit.


Seriously; wow. The place is huge. You really could get lost in there...which is more dangerous than it sounds!

Unleashing either one of us upon a book store is akin to setting free an ant colony next to a chocolate cake.

We went there with the intention of just picking up a few books. Really, just a few.

But then I found the cooking aisle.

Thirteen books later, I forced myself to find Matt, who was absorbed in the anthropology section. I caught him before he did much damage; stopping at three.

That brought our total to sixteen books. Throw in a couple of CDs, and we were done. Total? Exactly $70.00. Not bad...those .50 Time/Life books really helped!

22 Thoughts for food:

At 3:12 AM, Blogger Clare Eats said...

did you get the timelife cooking series?

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Nic said...

$70 for 16 books and cds? Wow. And by the looks of things, I think you got some incredible books, Stephanie.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Zarah Maria said...

I have The Bread Bible too - haven't tried that much from it though, so will look forward to hear what you think! The hamburger buns from it are great!

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Indira said...

Seems like wonderful collection, Stephanie.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Cate said...

Wow - sounds like you did great. I wish we had a good used bookstore around here, but we don't. I gotta say, if we did, it would be dangerous.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Clare; I didn't get the series, but picked up three relevant (to us, at least) volumes. They were going for .50 a piece, so I grabbed 'Asian', 'African', and a multi-national volume.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Nic...it is a good deal!

McKay's does an amazing business, which is why (I think) they can keep their prices so low. I bought one book which was fifteen dollars, but the next highest was four or five. The rest? Of mine, at least, were just a couple bucks each.

I think they're pretty neat, too...I've been too busy to really go through them, but I'm sure I'll find something worthwhile in all of them.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Zarah...I saw that, and thought 'must have!'.

It, as things would have, was the most expensive book in the bunch. But I couldn't resist it...

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Indira!!!! So wonderful to hear from you.

At the very least, it's eclectic. I was seriously disappointed in McKay's offerings in the 'baking/dessert' section; mostly low-fat or just extremely lame. Of course, that's the first section I check out!

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Sweetnicks...you ever make that trip down South, I promise to take you to McKay's!

And believe me; I know from dangerous. It's the main reason I never go with Matt when he decides to pick up a book or two...I know I'm not capable of doing that; getting just one or two!

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous joey said...

What great loot! I love 2nd hand book stores and frequent them a lot here...what I'm wondering is: Is there a ton of those timelife series books going around the 2nd hand book shops of the world? Because we have them here too!

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Joey, I think the Time/Life books are a bit like encyclopedias; everyone had them, but has found something newer/more practical (internet, book compilations) to take their place.

So yeah...I think you'll find collections all over the place!

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Score! Nice job on all the books! I haven't looked to see if Phoenix has a decent used book store. I need to find out!

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Joe!

I can't imagine a place like Phoenix not having a good used book store...some where!

At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Alice said...

I love used book shops!! I tend to get carried away, too. I'd say at least 60 percent of my cookbooks (maybe more) come from used book shops.

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I love Ed McKay's!

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Alice, they are dangerous, aren't they?

I think most of mine are new, but I have been picking up used ones over the last couple of years.
And my FIL has been unloading quite a few of his cookbooks on us, as well...which is great, except for that whole 'we have no more room' problem!

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Jessica...you know McKay's???

Isn't it great? We had a few tiny used book shops where I grew up, but nothing on the scale of McKay's.

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

I love Mckay's ...when I was in private school/college down there I spent tons of money with them.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow... I can't believe how many people know about McKay's.

And it's not difficult to spend lots there, is it?

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Randi said...

i want that bread book. Please make something from it and let us know.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Randi...I'm working on it!

I've been dreadfully ill the past week, so haven't been spending much time in the kitchen. Once I reach that critical stage of being able to go half an hour without blowing my nose, I'm going to give it a try.


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