Went to local Half Price Books today for a ice cream recipe cookbook. We bought a new ice cream maker today. A Cuisinart that has a compressor instead of having to pre-freeze the bowl. I am going to be an ice cream making fool! Hope there's enough room in the freezer! Move over Ben & Jerry! We have a bunch of recipes and know there are hundreds more on the 'net, but I still like books. Bought "The Joy of Ice Cream" by Mathew Klein and "Scoop - 125 Specialty Ice Creams from the Nation's Best Creameries" by Ellen Brown.
Anyway, I'm looking over the barbecue and grilling books - every now and then I find something good that I don't have. Young guy 19 or 20 walks over and says to me ... "Have you ever heard of some guy named Raichlen? I've heard he's pretty good." A new griller who had just gotten his 1st Weber kettle. We talked for about 20 minutes and he bought used copies of "Barbecue Bible" and "How To Grill". Think he paid about $12 for both books. "How To Grill" has always been my "go to" grilling book. I refer to my copy frequently and am willing to bet that I've bought over 20 copies since 2001 to give as gifts for friends and relatives. I recently had to buy a new copy for myself when I went to my bookshelf and mine wasn't there. Realized I had lent it to a guy at work about a year ago and left the company before I got it back.
I ended up buying new copies of "The Totally Chile Pepper Cookbook" by Helene Siegel and Karen Gillingham, Ted reader's "King of Q's Blue Plate BBQ" and "Wicked Good Barbecue ..." by Andy Husbands & Chris Hart with Andrea Pyenson - Forward by some guy named Steve Raichlen. Spent $17 for all three books.