Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Bounty of Bargain Books
at Pinetree Garden Seeds

Total Cost for These 10 books? Just $31.00.

I love books, especially when they're about food and gardening. I love them so much that I can't stop accumulating them even though I have an embarrassing number of cookbooks I've never cooked from and gardening books I've never gardened from. I can't help myself. Add in the words 'clearance sale' or 'bargain priced,' and I go nuts. Case in point above (and this wasn't even my entire order).

The annual Fall Clearance Sale is going on right now at my beloved Pinetree Garden Seeds, and there are some wonderful books to be had for wonderfully low prices. The priciest publication I purchased was $5.00; most were $3.00 apiece. The way I figure it, just one good recipe or gardening tip is worth more than the price of the book. Shipping charges are reasonable, too—just $3.50 for purchases up to $19.99 and $6.50 for purchases from $20.00 to $49.99. Hurry, though, because quantities are limited.

Books always make great gifts, and this is a perfect opportunity to stock up. If your local public library or school library is lacking in the food and garden departments (or simply struggling on a shoestring budget), I bet they would be thrilled to have some of these books donated to their collections.

I've already earmarked all kinds of recipes I'd like to try in The Garden of Earthly Delights Cookbook ($3.00), and after picking up Tools of the Earth (cover price $25.00, on sale for $2.00) while standing in the living room the other day, I found myself rooted (ha ha, garden humor) to the same spot 15 minutes later, wishing I could sit down and read all of the essays on tools and gardening right then.

Speaking of bargain books, three of my favorite cookbooks are currently on super sale at These would all make beautiful gifts or additions to any library:

-Cooking with Shelburne Farms, which I raved about in this book review post, is just $7.99
-Bread: Artisan Breads from Baguettes and Bagels to Focaccia and Brioche, which I reviewed here, is available for around $10.00 (I also wrote about the Italian Rosemary Raisin Bread which is fantastic)
-The Artist's Palate is $9.00 (a book review will be posted soon on Farmgirl Fare, but if you enjoy art, cooking, and reading about what other people eat you're going to love it)

Books are marvelous things to be cherished and shared. Enjoy!

So do you have a favorite bargain book discovery?

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  1. You sound just like me with your garden and cookbook collecting. I have books everywhere in my house. I've even read some of them! Thank you for the links to Pinetree. I will check them out.

  2. Thanks for the heads up on the sale. I just ordered two of the pest control books to add to my library. What a deal!

  3. This is not a bargain book, but it is a fantastic book for using up garden produce . . . It's called "Serving Up the Harvest." It's huge, with hundreds of recipes for even the most bizarre vegetables. It gives tips for harvesting, storing, and cleaning the produce, AND the author has a garden very near where I am, so a lot of her specific advice works for me.

    Sadly, I don't own this book. I got it from the library and now miss it so much it's going on my Christmas list. In September.

  4. No, no favourite bargain books (I WISH), but I also am afflicted with Must-Have-That-Gardening-Book disease. Husbandly One usually indulges me, but he hit the roof when I came home with a $45 book on growing roses. Only weeks before, I had dug up the rose bushes on our property because I hated the damn things, and I was glad they were gone. Still am.

    "So what do you need a BOOK for???"

    Hey, I might change my mind...

  5. Love all the posts about our love of cookbooks & gardening books (neither of which I'm really good at - but I love the books!) I especially loved Irma's post about the book on roses and she'd just dug them up! That's a hoot!!

  6. Oh, wow!
    Thanks for the heads up! I have a complete cookbook/gardening book addiction going on... that I'm always interested in feeding.

    These sound marvelous.

  7. In Austin, two great sources for bargain book are: Half Price Books, and the Austin Library annual Monster Book Sale. (It's the sale that's monstrous, not the books.)


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