Suzanne, i share your pain.
What books are you looking at?
I've ordered already "Apple Pie Perfect" and am waiting for the following books to appear in bookstores (funny enough all of them appear on the cover page of the catalog):
The Zuni Cafe by Judy Rodgers;
Casual Cooking by Chiarello;
Jeremiah Towers Cooks;
My name is BR, and I am a cookbook addict. I have only been straight for three days.... Oh, wait, wrong meeting. This is the enablers' group.
Helena, I'm curious why you are waiting for a book to show up in a bookstore, if you have the Jessica's Biscuit catalog. Have you found a store cheaper than Jessica's Biscuit? If so, where is it? If you are after instant gratification, have you tried the Jessica's Biscuit website? Delivery within a couple of days. Definitely faster than waiting for a bookstore to stock something. (Have some Madeira, my dear.)
Most often I find that J'sB has the best prices; on very rare occasion Amazon does; and I haven't tried Edward Hamilton or any of the others.
I don't know if Helena is like me, but I like to actually flip through a book before I buy it. Get a feel for how the recipes are written, what the pictures are like (there had better be pictures!!!), the layout and indexing, and so on. So very often before I order a book I'll try to have a look at it first.
BR: And what have YOU done with a wompom? You seem to be familiar with Flanders and Swann!
Haven't gotten my JB yet - almost glad, as we're trying to pinch those pennies for our move! I do admit to drooling when I look over the catalog!
I also like to 'review' a book before I buy it, and my local library has a fantastic cookbook section which they keep pretty current; it's a great source to 'check out' a book for free before you buy it.