Yep. I’m going there. Holiday shopping. You can shake your head all you want and say it’s too early, but sometimes, when prices on something are this good, shopping early is a smart thing to do.


Book Closeouts is offering 50 percent off its already deeply discounted prices on cooking, food and wine books until Oct. 17. There are more than 4,200 titles in this category, so you need to do some digging to find the good ones. When I did some digging, here a few of the titles I found that would make great holiday gifts for home cooks who love to use healthy ingredients from local, natural and organic sources.


  • "The Basics: How to Cook Everything" ($4.99) – Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” is probably the most used cookbook on my shelf. This pared-down version of the book has 100 of the core recipes from the original like roast chicken, rice pilaf and quick-braised carrots with butter.
  • "Slow Food Nation’s Come to the Table: The Slow Food Way of Living" ($3.49)- A selection of farm recipes that make home cooking inviting and easy, from roasted vegetables and meats to beautiful breads and desserts.
  • "Simply Organic" ($5.49) – Jesse Ziff Cool’s book that combines more than 30 years of knowledge about organic, local, and sustainable food into one magnificent cookbook. With 150 enticing recipes, "Simply Organic" encourages home cooks to embrace organics as a lifestyle rather than a fad. This book includes what the publisher describes as “indispensable elements of her earlier cookbook, 'Your Organic Kitchen',” one of my favorite cookbooks.
  • "A Toast To Bargain Wines" ($2.99) – I reviewed this book by George Taber that’s an insider's guide to finding and enjoying good wine at a great price.
  • "Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat" ($8.49) - With more than 200 recipes for pork, beef, lamb, poultry, and game, stunning photos of delicious dishes, and tips on raising sustainable meat and buying from local farmers, "Good Meat" is sure to become the classic cooking resource of the sustainable meat movement.

The quantities of each book available at Book Closeouts are limited. Some books only have a few copies available; some have more than 100. Although the sale runs through Oct. 17, it’s best to shop earlier rather than later.


Something else to note: sometimes, the books from this seller come with a black slash on the bottom of the pages. This is to show that the book was bought from a discount place so that you can’t try to return it to a full-price bookstore and get a credit for the full price of the book. If you don’t want a slash like this on a gift you give, these deals might not be a good option for you.


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Great deals on cookbooks to jumpstart your holiday shopping
Book Closeouts has great titles in cookbooks, food and wine for the home cooks and wine lovers on your holiday shopping list. You can get 50 percent off already