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Always the right price at Half Price Books


A month ago I purchased a cookbook at Half Price Books. The book is titled Great Food Fast. It is a compilation of recipes from the Everyday Food magazine (From the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living).

The book is a few years old. The cover price on the jacket is $24.95. I purchased it for $7.98 at the retailer's Lawrence location.

I browsed through the book at the store and couldn't put it down. Since I've brought the book home, it's become my kitchen bible.

The recipes are easy to follow and don't require a lot of ingredients. Each dish is pictured, which I like. I've been needing some inspiration in the kitchen, and this book has definitely been the answer. The book sits on my kitchen island, and every member of my family has picked it up and earmarked recipes they'd like to try.

The book was published in 2007, but who cares. I love shopping at Half Price Books. You never know what you may find on their shelves. And the price is always right.

The following recipe was earmarked by my son. It is what we are having for dinner tonight.

Farfalle with salmon, mint, and peas

Coarse salt

Fresh ground pepper

1pound farfalle (bow ties) pasta

1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet

2 lemons zested and juiced

1 pkg. Frozen peas (10 oz)

2 tbl butter

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the farfalle until al dente according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water; return the pasta to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, season the salmon with coarse salt and ground pepper; place in a large skillet. Add 1/4 cup water and the lemon zest and juice. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover; steam for 10 minutes.

  3. Add the frozen peas; steam covered, until the peas are tender and the salmon is opaque; 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Transfer to the pot with the pasta. Add the butter and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Toss gently flaking the fish and adding reserved pasta liquid as desired. Serve immediately. Garnish with more mint if desired.

Makes 6 servings.


Clark Coan 6 years, 10 months ago

The problem with that store is a lot of their books are used or so out of date as to be worthless.

sad_lawrencian 6 years, 10 months ago

They might be "half priced" but that adds up pretty quickly. They are a cool part of the Lawrence retail scene, but try finding the boxed set of Harry Potter paperbacks, or asking them if they have a specific book in stock (they don't keep those kinds of records). My point is there are some things they don't tend to carry (boxed sets is one thing that irks me) and sometimes it feels more like a thrift store than a used book store.

Kelly Cline 6 years, 10 months ago

I am a huge fan of Half Price Books! They do have new books, just ask where they are. What I really like is they will put you on a list and call you when a book comes in that you are looking for. I use this and can usually get a bestseller within a weeks time. Worth it because its half the retail price. The staff is always friendly and helpful.

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