Thursday, April 28, 2011
Go To Daedalus To Check Out Cookbooks
Last weekend, I wandered the stacks for more than an hour with my brother-in-law, a book lover who is always an inspiration to stop at the bookstore that I drive past every week.
Daedalus sells remainders and other odd-lot books and music. That means you can't guarantee what you'll find, but you might always discover something interesting. Daedalus isn't selling dollar books. It fills a spot where the books are cheaper than retail, but still good enough to worth your time and your money.
Last weekend, they had a pile of the Food Matters Cookbook that I recommend. Priced about the same as Amazon, but you can cook from it tonight if you stop at Daedalus today. Plus, you can check out hundreds of other books, including some that I recognized like One Big Table by Molly O'Neill and Local Breads by Daniel Leader.
(My fear with remainder bookstores is that the books ended up here because other people knew not to buy them. But many of the Daedalus cookbokos looked high quality. Local Breads fascinated me, although the starters and precision are just a step too much for me right now.)
I'm tough on cookbooks. I have come to avoid anything associated with a restaurant chef or a television host. Far too many pages larded with celebrity friend stories and recipes that call for ingredients like the best Nantucket Bay scallops. My bias is towards big, encyclopedic books that I can flip through to find a recipe that matches the food in my fridge.
But whatever you want, Daedalus should have something interesting.
9645 Gerwig Lane
Columbia, MD 21046
NEAR: This is off Snowden River Parkway just north of Rte 32. You can see the warehouse from Rte 32. To get here, it is easiest to go south on Berger Road from Snowden, then turn right on Gerwig Lane.