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    Damsel in dis Dress Guest

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    I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    Should I, or shouldn't I?

    Carol

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    Sky Guest

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    Damsel in dis Dress wrote:
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    > I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    > Should I, or shouldn't I?
    >
    > Carol


    Hehehe, all depends. How hard do you want someone to twist your
    wrists????

    Sky, who'd never think of twisting Damsel's wrist(s)

    ...... twist . . . ..... twist . . . .... . . twist . . . . . . of lemon
    or lime?

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    Theron Guest

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    "Damsel in dis Dress" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    > Should I, or shouldn't I?
    >
    > Carol
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    I wouldn't if I were a subscriber, and therefore I don't buy them. They push
    hard to sell them. The also push their online subscription very hard,
    somewhat like Consumers Reports does. It's almost as though Christopher
    Kimball knows full well the days of the print magazine are lapsing. Cooks
    Illustrated gives advice on what to do with the very basic cooking, like
    roasting/grilling steak, making the best custard, making mashed potatoes,
    and so forth. They also do equipment reviews. If you go to:
    http://cooksillustrated.com/byissue/ you can look at what's in back issues,
    and what's most like in the annual books.
    You may know this already, but if not, hope this helps,
    Theron



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    Mr. Bill Guest

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    >Damsel in dis Dress wrote:
    >>
    >> I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    >> Should I, or shouldn't I?


    Depends if you can afford it. MANY recipes and articles are
    available on their web site for free.

    Also, if you have iTunes, (download is free) you can download
    podcasts and they are loaded with free information. Very helpful
    at no cost.



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    Dimitri Guest

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    "Damsel in dis Dress" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    > Should I, or shouldn't I?
    >
    > Carol
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    If you have the money and don't get the magazine then it's a good deal.

    If you subscribe then it's just the magazines put into a hard bound book.

    Dimitri


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    Theron Guest

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    "Mr. Bill" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:iipmo458ome9qma9sm219ltekp[email protected]..
    > >Damsel in dis Dress wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    >>> Should I, or shouldn't I?

    >
    > Depends if you can afford it. MANY recipes and articles are
    > available on their web site for free.
    >
    >

    Almost everthing on their website requires a paid subscription. That's in
    addition to the paid print subscription. From Christopher Kimball's pbs
    program "America's Test Kitchen" you can get free recipes from the current
    season, but not prior seasons.
    http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipehome.asp Christopher is "for
    profit" as they say. At the same time I feel I get good advice from his
    product.

    Theron






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    Tamzen Cannoy Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Damsel in dis Dress <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    > Should I, or shouldn't I?
    >
    > Carol


    I buy them and hand the magazines off to a friend each year. I like them
    so much I bought the entire print run of all the annuals back to the
    very beginning. I find them fascinating reading. I get a new index every
    few years.

    The Annuals are the complete magazines hard bound with the lovely covers
    and all.

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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    Damsel wrote:

    > I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    > Should I, or shouldn't I?


    That's how I get the Cook's Illustrated recipes. It's less expensive than
    subscribing to the magazine or the web site. (For the moment you can still
    access some of the 2008 content on the web site free, but the web site
    doesn't contain NEARLY as much information as the magazines. It only
    contains recipes which were made into a TV show.)

    Bob




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    Gloria P Guest

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    Damsel in dis Dress wrote:
    > I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    > Should I, or shouldn't I?
    >
    > Carol
    >



    I wouldn't. It's a lot more economical (OK cheaper) to go to the
    library to see the recipes and pay $.10 to photocopy what interests
    you.

    FWIW, we have shelves in our library witgh donated books that cost
    anywhere from 25 cents to $2, with special books a bit more. I was
    there yesterday and saw about a 4 ft. wide shelf filled with annuals
    from Gourmet and Bon Apetit from the 80s and 90s. I was tempted but
    don't really know why because I'm not crazy about either magazine.
    I walked out empty handed.

    gloria p

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    Damsel in dis Dress <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    > Should I, or shouldn't I?


    I bought 2007 for $8.90 at CostCo about 8 months ago.

    -sw

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    Damsel in dis Dress Guest

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    On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 17:23:48 -0500, Mr. Bill <[email protected]> wrote:

    >>Damsel in dis Dress wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    >>> Should I, or shouldn't I?

    >
    >Depends if you can afford it. MANY recipes and articles are
    >available on their web site for free.
    >
    >Also, if you have iTunes, (download is free) you can download
    >podcasts and they are loaded with free information. Very helpful
    >at no cost.


    Excellent point. I can't really afford it, but it's hard for me to
    pass up a good deal. That's why I can't afford anything. LOL!

    Carol

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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 20:29:07 -0600, Damsel in dis Dress
    <[email protected]> wrote:


    >Excellent point. I can't really afford it, but it's hard for me to
    >pass up a good deal. That's why I can't afford anything. LOL!
    >
    >Carol


    Just remember, it isn't a good deal if it makes you broker....that's a
    really bad deal!!!

    Christine, who learned that the very hard way.
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    Damsel in dis Dress Guest

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    On Thu, 5 Feb 2009 20:15:17 -0600, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Damsel in dis Dress <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    >> Should I, or shouldn't I?

    >
    >I bought 2007 for $8.90 at CostCo about 8 months ago.


    I wish we had a CostCo or Sam's Club less than an hour away from us.
    And a Trader Joe's, for that matter!

    Carol

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    Damsel in dis Dress Guest

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    On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 19:58:26 -0700, Christine Dabney
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 20:29:07 -0600, Damsel in dis Dress
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Excellent point. I can't really afford it, but it's hard for me to
    >>pass up a good deal. That's why I can't afford anything. LOL!
    >>
    >>Carol

    >
    >Just remember, it isn't a good deal if it makes you broker....that's a
    >really bad deal!!!
    >
    >Christine, who learned that the very hard way.


    I've learned it the hard way, too, but when I see a good deal, I seem
    to forget the past. I'm glad the rest of you have your heads screwed
    on straight so you can stop me.

    Thank you, everyone!
    Carol

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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 21:25:24 -0600, Damsel in dis Dress
    >I've learned it the hard way, too, but when I see a good deal, I seem
    >to forget the past. I'm glad the rest of you have your heads screwed
    >on straight so you can stop me.


    Took me a long time to learn it too. I got involved with doing things
    somewhat the Dave Ramsey way, so I tend to not buy stuff now until I
    have the money saved up, no matter how good deal it is. Everything
    is budgeted, even "blow money"...so I don't get in much trouble
    anymore. Thankfully.

    Cookbooks and kitchenware can be my downfall though... I have to talk
    to myself really hard when it comes to those, especially when a real
    bargain becomes available. Borders Rewards are very close to being
    my undoing lately, if I am not careful. They post a 40% off coupon,
    and my mind immediately goes to figuring out which new cookbook I
    want for myself. This week they are offering a 30% off coupon, and I
    am thinking really hard about the necessity of a new cookbook.

    I do that with food bargains too.... I am getting better at that,
    thankfully, but it still lures me. I finally figured out that if it
    is a real "steal", that it isn't so much if it rots in the fridge
    before I can get to it. And it isn't so much of a bargain if I have
    a ton of it already in the freezer, needing to be used up. Like this
    week: the local Albertsons has a great deal on milk at $1.88/gal I
    am debating with myself on whether to spring for it. I already have a
    few gallons in the freezer...so why do I need more? But that lure of
    a great bargain is whispering in my ear..."Buy it! Buy it!!!"

    So I hear ya.....very much so!!

    Christine, who says you can resist!!
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    sf Guest

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    On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 17:23:48 -0500, Mr. Bill <[email protected]> wrote:

    >MANY recipes and articles are
    >available on their web site for free.


    I thought you had to subscribe to the magazine to get into the web
    site.


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    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    Sky Guest

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    sf wrote:
    >
    > On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 17:23:48 -0500, Mr. Bill <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >MANY recipes and articles are
    > >available on their web site for free.

    >
    > I thought you had to subscribe to the magazine to get into the web
    > site.
    >
    > --
    > I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    > interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.
    >
    > Mae West


    Alas no. Two different entities. Subscription to the magazine does not
    get 'entry' to the website, a separate subscription. Shame it doesn't,
    though. Oh well.

    Sky

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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    sf wrote:

    >> MANY recipes and articles are available on their web site for free.

    >
    > I thought you had to subscribe to the magazine to get into the web
    > site.


    No, all you need to do is register with the site using a valid e-mail
    address. However, as I've mentioned elsewhere, the free content on the site
    is only from the previous year, and it doesn't contain *everything* from the
    previous year. So I continue to buy the hardbound annuals.

    If you're not subscribed for "Premium Content" but you have the annuals (or
    the old magazines), you can use the site as a kind of index. Search for a
    recipe you want to find, and the site will bring up a page which states that
    the recipe is not available to non-subscribers -- but it'll also state when
    the recipe was published, so you can go back into your hard copy to find it.

    Bob


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    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Thu, 5 Feb 2009 20:15:17 -0600, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Damsel in dis Dress <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    >> Should I, or shouldn't I?

    >
    >I bought 2007 for $8.90 at CostCo about 8 months ago.


    Tuesday Morning is also a good place to buy books a year or two old
    for deep discounts. I got a few years of food and wine for a few
    bucks each. For recipes I prefer them over CI.

    Lou

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    maxine in ri Guest

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    On Feb 5, 4:50*pm, Damsel in dis Dress <carol-56inva...@charter.net>
    wrote:
    > I just got an offer online for The 2007 and 2008 books for $26.95.
    > Should I, or shouldn't I?
    >
    > Carol


    Wait for them to show up in the bargain bins at the bookstore. My
    sister bought me a couple of them a few years back, and all they are
    is the magazine bound in hard cover--magazine covers included!

    maxine in ri

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