Cookbooks?

I'm trying to thin out my cookbook collection as well as some other things. If you're curious, you can check what I have for sale at Friday's Child Books. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Open letter to the asshat on eBay (yes, language warnings)

I collect cookbooks. And sometimes as well as trying to sell them on eBay I look at big lots of cookbooks, mostly for fun. So one day I see someone selling a lot of 50 cookbooks, and I decide to look. That's a huge lot.

At first look, it wasn't impressive. A lot of books, sure, but the photos make it look like somebody was going to estate sales and buying them in bulk, or cleaning out old houses. A lot of them address specific dietary issues, most of them aren't that old, and at least one of them clearly isn't a cookbook at all. But then, looking at the more detailed photos, I spot two words....  Crap. Do I really want to get 49 books I don't want for one I do? How much is this going to cost me? And it's an auction....

I win the auction. One person bidding against me, price (+shipping) got kind of high, but I wanted that book. They notify me, I respond via PayPal, all is copacetic. They send me the tracking number, which I check every day. A week goes by and the package finally makes it to the post office. Eventually a very unhappy postman delivers a very large box to our door. I make a note as to why most book lots are not this large. HEAVY box!

I open it up to see with some dismay that the box is probably 20% larger than the stack of books inside, and no packing material was put in with them to keep them from bouncing around. I start taking them out and realize that they all feel cruddy. Not "30 years in a basement" cruddy, more like "a week in an open box in the back of a pickup truck" cruddy. But I dig down and find the book. Hurrah! It's intact. And it's what I thought it was. I clean up all the books so I can evaluate them and give the makeup book to a friend of my daughter's.  Yay. 48 cookbooks of varying sorts to get rid of.

Oh -- eBay wants me to give feedback on the transaction. Hmmm. Yes, the one item out of 50 that I had been wanting came through okay, but the whole box was cruddy and it was a bad way to treat the books. I decide to give neutral feedback.  I get a response from the seller that they wish I had contacted them before doing the feedback, and that they'd "ate ten dollars on the shipping". Okay, not my fault, wasn't complaining about the price.

So while we are exchanging e-mails on that, they order something from me. Cookbooks, just a couple of bucks. A little voice in the back of my head wonders about this, but I decide to send off the order anyway.  A few days letter they lodge a complaint, saying that there were pages missing from one of the cookbooks. Now that little voice is yelling at me. I am human, I can miss things, but I really doubt there were pages missing when it left here.  I call eBay and talk to them about it. The woman I talk to suggests I report the other person. I'm too nice. Instead, I do a full refund of their money, but block them so that they can no longer do transactions with me. Done.

Or so I thought.  *Six weeks later* they leave feedback on the transaction. Negative, of course. "Never inspected the item just assumed it was in good condition poor".  This from the guy who included a makeup book in a cookbook lot.  I responded with "This is incorrect. However, I issued you a full refund on March 15th." (a.k.a. six weeks ago)  Sadly, eBay doesn't give you much room for response.

I HATE all of this. I like everything to run smoothly, and for people to be nice to each other. I don't like the rating system on eBay. Some folks getting their money back for an error and getting to keep the books would actually give a positive rating as I responded promptly and dealt with it. I feel this is a spiteful response because I gave them neutral feedback on the other order. But this time I contacted eBay and reported the guy. I still have the e-mails, and I hope they have some record of my call. And I really hate to say this, but I hope I'm not the only person he's done this to because guy, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. This sort of dickish behavior is why I am hesitant to post things on eBay, because it opens me up to having to deal with assholes. Seven weeks I was off eBay after the initial exchange, and I come back only to find his feedback. 

I'm done with you, asshole. I'm writing this to put it behind me. I'm going to HTFU and go back on eBay. I'm going to keep that book next to my desk and smile at it every day, knowing that I have a thing of beauty and that you are stuck being an asshole. And even if I had nothing to do with it, some day your asshole ways will get you kicked off of eBay and I still have a book that was worth all of this...in more ways than one.

Besides, I still have 48 cookbooks to get rid of. *groan*

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cookery For Men Only by Wilson Midgley, 1948


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Good Food From Sweden by Anna Olsson Coombs, 1955


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Catherine Ives' Cookery Book by Catherine Ives, 1951


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Epicure and Charcoal: A Selective Guide to Outdoor Cookery by Ashley Simms, 1955


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mrs. Balbir Singh's Indian Cookery by Mrs. Balbir Singh, 1961


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Love and Knishes; An Irrepressible Guide to Jewish Cooking by Sara Kasdan, 1956


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Art of Charcuterie by Jane Grigson, 1968


Looks like 1968, doesn't it? More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cook-Book Note-Book by Magda Joicey, 1946


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Almanach de Cuisine by Francoise Nolle, 1959


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Abalone to Zabaglione: Unusual and Exotic Recipes by Edna Bellenson, 1957


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Friday, May 5, 2017

American Cooking for English Kitchens by Grace Hogarth, 1957


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Why so much filler? (Actual WORDS!)

Why so much filler? Two reasons.  1)  I want to keep this blog. I want to do something with it. Sometimes I am incredibly enthusiastic, and can write multiple paragraphs on a lovely cookbook I have.

Sometimes.

And 2)  I am not organized. I am not focused. And sometimes I can't write more than a few, fragmented, stream-of-consciousness sentences.  Admittedly, I have seen whole blogs that sound like that.  That's not what I want to do.  (This post, though?  Heh.)  Since January I have been telling myself that the new job is messing with my schedule, which it is. But most of it is just me not being able to focus.

We'll see.  Step 1 is convincing myself to get SOMETHING on here, even if it is just photos of cookbooks I don't have.  (It is a lovely set of postcards, though. I got it for Christmas.)  And I put some $2 cookbooks over on my Facebook sale page.  That's not organized either.

I need to get myself a routine...thoughts whirl in my brain. We'll see.

Good Dishes From Tinned Foods by Ambrose Heath, 1939


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David, 1950


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list, although I have a different edition. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Cook's Quiz, by Antoinette and Francois Pope, 1952


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mrs. Beeton's Cold Sweets, undated


More filler, I'm afraid. Consider this part of my wish list. Image from a box of 100 Cookery Postcards, from Penguin Books.