Foyles bookstore in London's Charing Cross Road used to have the reputation as the place to find books that were out-of-print or otherwise hard to find—not because they were specialists in such books, but because their stock control was so terrible they never knew what was on the bookshelves. These days, under new management, Foyles is more slickly run, but it's still the best place to pick up old and rare food books as they've just added an antiquarian cookery book section. First editions of Elizabeth David paperbacks are going for a song, while rarer books, such as first editions of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management sell for huge sums—around $1,800 for a good copy.

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