Sale Watch: Kmart
Yes, you see, I don't spend all my time at fancy chocolate school or sipping champagne at soirees! I wandered into Kmart today and picked up a catalogue at the entrance. I usually stand there and read it and if there is nothing of interest, I hand it back as I walk in. I flicked through and it was very tedious stuff (I don't know, tyres, playstation, blah blah blah) and then a few books were featured. I Could Not Believe My Eyes. This book, The Cook's Book, which retails for $79.95, was on sale at Kmart for $49.95. And Twelve, Tessa Kiros's best seller, which has now been released in paperback, is half-price at $24.95!
I hastened off to the books section with catalogue in hand and found heaps of both books. I looked through Twelve, but it didn't really grab me. I mean, I have several Italian cookbooks and in fact, just bought this one, so it would have to be something very unusual for me to take it. And, I have had my eye on Falling Cloudberries for ages, I think that that is her book that I would like to have. Of the two, that is. So I put Twelve back, but not too reluctantly, because I am trying to be honest about buying cookbooks these days and if I really truly don't adore it and must have it, then it goes back. No arguments. Doesn't matter how cheap it is.
On a side issue, I don't much care for the re-issue in paperback of this or the Food of the World books recently. The Murdoch Food of the World books are gorgeous (and I have a particular weakness for the Food of France and China) but they are fairly big books and I don't see how they can be properly enjoyed in paperback - it just makes it too unwieldly. The price is more affordable, but I can't see getting these into a cookbook stand without difficulty and likewise, reading it flat on the kitchen table. This actually motivates me to try to pick Falling Cloudberries up before it goes into paperback, because I would rather pay an additional $10, not to have to cram it open all the time!
So, I think The Cook's Book is terrific value at this price and I might just possibly have snuck a copy into the car boot and I could be waiting to smuggle it in past the Figman when he's not watching. And as it's almost November now, it could be an early Christmas present. Definitely. We'll see.
Postscript: If I had read the stupid catalogue more carefully, I would have seen that Lindt 100g blocks are on sale at $2 each. I must have been distracted by the 15% off irons. Oh well, sale on until Wednesday!