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33) Secondhand Annual Magazine Cookbook Collections

I hesitate to share this one because it could mean less books for me, but you can turn your habit of reading food mags in the supermarket checkout line into a full-time lifestyle. Goodwill and Salvation Army typically have huge cookbook sections and while I would normally only advise purchasing these books for a laugh (The Savory Jello Cookbook, anyone?) you can get a really good deal on annual magazine collections in hardcover book form. Magazine recipes tend to be more thoroughly tested than cookbooks, since they have staff members dedicated to ensuring that the recipes come out just right. Most cookbooks don’t have that guarantee. If you’re lucky, maybe you can find an edition that’s only a few years old, but my Food & Wine 2001 cookbook is plenty bookmarked and it cost me only $4. Other dependable favorites: Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appetit and Cooking Light. Obviously these aren’t vegan, but make the appropriate changes and you’re all set!