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#1 Woods

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 01:29 PM

I am trying to find a copy of Raymond Calvel's Hearth Breads: A French Master's Approach to Using North American Ingredients and having no luck. It was published in 1999 so should be still around. I have tried my ususal book finder sites with no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you. Woods

#2 jackal10

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 01:57 PM

Professor Cavel's "Taste of Bread" is available, as is the "Bread and Baker" 3 video set (from www.chipsbooks.com)

#3 ScorchedPalate

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 01:58 PM

ISBN is 0412126117

How odd... I wasn't able to find any copies on Alibris, Abebooks, or Bookfinder.com, and they've always come through for me in the past, even on totally obscure titles.

You can set up a pre-order on Half.com, or a Book Fetch on alibris: http://www.alibris.c...sults*bookfetch

You might try contacting the publisher:
International Thomson Publishing Ltd
168-173 High Holborn
London WC1V 7AA
Tel: 020 7497 1422
Fax: 020 7497 1426

Although I find it odd that a UK publisher would publish a book about North American ingredients, so perhaps that ISBN info isn't right...
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#4 stscam

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 01:59 PM

Have you tried www.abe.com? They have a couple thousand book sellers from all over the world. As of Monday afternoon they showed 16 Calvel baking books, though none appear to be the one you're after.

Good luck.

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 02:15 PM

there is one on Ebay

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#6 jgm

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 02:20 PM

If you go to amazon.com, you can set up an order for it, specifying how much you'll pay, etc. If you really want the book, it might be worth your trouble to do that. You never know!

#7 ladyyoung98

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 05:19 PM

try ebay....if u find it u may have to bid for it but you might get lucky and find a buy it now price..i suggest them simply because they seem to have lots of cookbooks going..and some people there sell them in lots..in which case you might want to email them to find out if they have a copy

just a thought

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#8 boulak

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 07:05 PM

Other sources are Kitchen Arts and Letters in NYC -- 1-212-876-5550 and www.sfbi.com-- The San Francisco Baking Institute.

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Posted 12 April 2005 - 02:46 AM


i suspect you are talking about the video set

#10 Woods

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 11:39 AM

Professor Cavel's "Taste of Bread" is available, as is the "Bread and Baker" 3 video set (from www.chipsbooks.com)

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I do have Le Gout du Pain but most of his other works are out of print. Thanks. By the way, if you can read any French the French edition is 25 euros unlike the rather overpriced English translation.

#11 Woods

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 11:42 AM


i suspect you are talking about the video set

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Amazon lists it as a hardback book that is out of print and unavailable.

#12 boulak

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 03:24 PM

Have you tried Librarie Gourmande?

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 07:19 PM

I collect cookbooks. At the moment, I'm trying to find Fernand Point's "MA Gastronomie" (Flammarion, 1969). This is the first edition in French. Not surprisingly, I'm having a hard time of it. I'm particularly interested in first editions, in the original language, which usually means French.

It would be great to put together a list of bookstores that deal in rare/antiquarian cookbooks. Any suggestions?
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#14 Chad

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:05 AM

I assume you already know about Kitchen Arts & Letters.

Although not cookbook specific, I've had good luck tracking down rare books through Alibris, Powell's Books, and AbeBooks.

Hope this helps,
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#15 Carolyn Tillie

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:14 AM

Chad is on the right track but a more extensive search engine is Book Finder.com which scans Alibiris, ABEBooks, and a number of additional antiquarian book sites. This has the advantage of being able to filter by language, first edition, and signed copies.

I have conducted and have four listings although they are the 1974 edition (using the First Edition filter).

Edited by Carolyn Tillie, 07 February 2007 - 06:14 AM.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 01:32 PM

Along the same lines, Fetchbook has been very helpful to me. As well, eBay can be pretty good to find books... you can enter your criteria and let it search for you. They will send you alerts when something comes up. I was able to get 2 of Notter's books at very sweet prices that way.

Second hand bookstores can be places to make great finds occasionally. I found come good ones in LaSalle area when I was searching a while back.

Also Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks will be a great place to look. She's in NYC. Good luck.
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#17 Latelier

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:38 PM

I tried book finder.com and was able to find exactely what I was looking for... Ma Gastronomie (Falmmarion, 1969) in French is on the way from some antiquarian book store in Pensylvania. cool. The book is even signed by Fernand Point's wife. It's supposed to be in excellent condition (fingers crossed). The ability to search explicitly for French language books made all the difference this time around. Thanks for the good advice.
Du beurre ! Donnez-moi du beurre ! Toujours du beurre ! (Fernand Point)

#18 annachan

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 05:32 PM

ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America) maybe a useful website for you. The annual book fair is coming to San Francisco next weekend. I've always been able to get some great collectible cookbooks at the fair. You may be able to find some dealers on the website.

Edited by annachan, 08 February 2007 - 11:13 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:58 PM

This is another good link, seems more fosused on American books (though I've only done a few searches so far). My Fernand Point should arrive any day, I will report back when it comes in...
Du beurre ! Donnez-moi du beurre ! Toujours du beurre ! (Fernand Point)

#20 leviathan

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 04:15 PM

My local library should have a copy of this book, but its been missing, ie stolen.

And, how do you exactly know if something is a first edition? Sometimes, the book will state that its a first edition, but other times it doesn't mention that.

#21 menon1971

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:15 PM

In a former life I was a food historian. My department had luck with a nice British woman named Liz Seeber: http://www.lizseeberbooks.co.uk/. She might not have it, but may know where to find it.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 01:23 AM

Liz Seeber has an excellent book list, I have bought from her in the past and I am sure she ships worldwide.

She is happy for you to give her a 'wanted list'.


Edited by lapin d'or, 14 February 2007 - 01:24 AM.

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