The library near Little Gidding has an ongoing used-book sale; I love to pop in there from time to time on my way home from work. Lately, I've been obsessed with snatching up back issues of Gourmet, which can be had for a mere 25 cents each, and which I then pore over at home. I cook from them too! (heck, I figure a guilty pleasure that only costs a quarter can't be that bad - especially if it results in tasty food to boot!)
Usually I'll find one or two there, but now that my collection is growing I often encounter doubles of issues I already have. I'm also a bit picky; I don't really like the restaurant and travel issues (I don't do all that much fancy traveling/eating out). I'm also not crazy about November issues, of which there also seems to be a high proportion on the secondhand Gourmet market (I feel that a girl will cook a very limited number of turkey dinners in her single life; so far my count is zero).
In any case, the last time I went there, I found a whopping twenty new (to me) issues. I gleefully paid my five dollars, struggled out the door with them and my library books all in my arms, and am now making my way through this exciting new stash:
In one of them (the August 2008 issue to be specific), Sukie found an article that included recipes for picnic meals that you pack layered in jars. I cannot begin to tell you how appealing we find this idea.