Aki and I truly enjoy rummaging through used bookstores. As our library grows, and it has grown immensely over the years, there seem to be less discoveries for us in the bookstores. Do not get me wrong, we still leave with stacks of books, but there are fewer surprises and undiscovered gems than there used to be. Often times in our searches we come across books which we already have, but which can be quite difficult to obtain. Occasionally, we pick up these second or third copies to have on hand to give as gifts. We like to share the pleasures that we have found in great books. In keeping with that spirit, we will now begin to publish posts labeled For the Bookshelves. These posts will feature books which have been truly important to us, that are somehow available online in relative abundance. The first of these books is retroactively the prior post on Fredy Girardet's book. Retroactively because I did not have the idea for the category until after it was written. And so I officially begin the category with another great cookbook Raymond Blanc: Recipes From Le Manoir Aut Quat' Saisons . Available as I write this, on Amazon, at prices beginning at the ridiculously low amount of $5.75.