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Le Saucier

Le Saucier
Quincy Market North Canopy
Boston, MA 02109


Description:  While Bostonians who crave new taste sensations have ready recourse to myriad gourmet sauces in this Quincy Market boutique, the rest of us can leaf through Le Saucier's 12 page "sauce bible".  It's broken down into 14 categories ranging from Garlic to Salsa to HOT.  Catalog free.

Kitchen & Home
Kitchen & Home
PO Box 129
New Oxford, PA 17350-0129

fax: 1-800- 757-9997

Description: This mail order company's sumptuous catalog shows an eclectic range of items for your home with a focus on the kitchen. The mix of imported and US-made items include ceramic and porcelain dinnerware, stainless steel flatware, German cutlery, enameled carbon-steel cookware, wrought-iron pot racks, table linens and much more. Catalog free.

2245 Broadway
New York, NY  10024


Description:   New York's famous food emporium lets you shop for some of its vast inventory by mail.  You can buy everything from large appliances such as pasta machines, espresso machines, and gourmet cookwear; to handy items such as salad spinners and cheese graters; to interesting gadgets for separating eggs and crimping pastry.

European Kitchen Bazaar
European Kitchen Bazaar
27A South Commons Rd.
Waterbury, CT 06704


Description: A large distributor of Cuisinart, this company offers substantial discounts, plus parts and accessories for Cuisinart and Robot Coupe (Cuisinart's European counterpart that was sold in the US for only a short time).  Here you will also find bread and pasta machines, Krups coffeemakers, and many other kitchen appliances.  Catalog free.

Crate & Barrel
Crate & Barrel
Catalog Division
PO Box 9059
Wheeling, IL 60090


Description: This home furnishings chain, with a distinctive gourmet department, carries products from Calphalon cookware to gadgets to unique baking dishes.  It also offers seasonal specialty food items, exclusive serving or storage pieces made of ceramic, glass, or porcelain, and thousands of items for cooking, baking, entertaining and gift-giving.  Call for free catalog or store nearest you.

Cook-In-The-Kitchen, Inc.
Cook-In-The Kitchen, Inc.
PO Box 3
Lake Fairlee Rd.
Post Mills, VT 05058


Description: Here's a source for all-natural, easy-to-make gourmet mixes packaged by the bag.  Best known for their Posh Pancakes, available in Country Breakfast, Wild Cranberry, and Great Grains varieties. Cook-In-The-Kitchen also purveys a tempting range of "Vermont Made Meals in Minutes", soup mixes that include Farmhouse Cheddar, Dilled Tomato, Welsh Potato, and Harvest Garden.  In addition, they offer cookie, muffin, bread and scone mixes.  Hand-packed gift boxes are available.  Catalog free.

Coyote Cafe General Store
Coyote Cafe General Store
132 West Water St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

1-800-866-HOWL (4695)

Description:  Part of Mark Miller's nationally acclaimed Coyote Cafe, located in old Santa Fe,  this "country store" is for those seeking out great southwestern flavors, hard-to-find ingredients, all that is "hot", and customized gift baskets and boxes.  With more than 2,000 items to choose from, they have complied a list of their favorites.  Catalog free.

Bess' Beans
Bess' Beans
PO Box 1542
Charleston, SC 29402


Description: Appaloosa, black turtle, cranberry, rattlesnake, trout--dried beans and peas, plus special mixtures including spices and rice, are available here in bulk at good prices.  Gather your neighbors and buy some beans.  Brochure free with self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Christopher Ranch
Christopher Ranch
2208 Glendale Galleria
Glendale, CA 91210

fax: 1-818-637-2815

Description: Christopher Ranch, which sells more than 30 million pounds of fresh garlic every year, also runs a specialty food business devoted to garlic products. Choose from fiery salsa, pickled garlic cloves, rosated garlic pasta sauce, novelty pastas, garlic ceramics, cookbooks, even oddments such as a clock with tiny garlic bulbs in place of the numbers. The store also specializes in gourmet gift baskets.  Catalog free.

The Chili Pepper Emporium
The Chili Pepper Emporium
89 Winrock Center
Albuquerque, NM 87110


Description:  This large and complete chili store offers and extensive assortment of powders, pods, pastas, mixes, hot sauces from around the world, cookbooks, aprons, salsas and jams.  Gift assortments include the Red Hot Chili Lovers Gift Box, a searing selection of comestibles derived from green and red chili peppers.  Catalog free.

Cook Flavoring Company
Cook Flavoring Company
3319 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA  98408


Description: Fanciers of the ever-aromatic vanilla bean will welcome these offerings, which range from pure vanilla extract, powder and beans to a vanilla created expressly for cookie baking.  Other popular extracts include cinnamon, Kona coffee, blackberry, lime, hazelnut, and red raspberry.  Also available is the popular pure almond powder.  Catalog and recipes free, order $30 or more and shipping is free, too.

Buckeye Beans & Herbs, Inc
Buckeye Beans and Herbs, Inc.
PO Box 28220
Spokane, WA  99228-8220

fax: 1-509-484-5500

Description: Jill Smith and her husband, Doug, make over 30 pasta shapes, including red, white and blue stars (perfect for the Fourth of July),footballs, baseballs, bicycles, bunnies, hearts, Christmas trees, dolphins, angels, and musical notes.  Also, their company offers a variety of soup, stew and chili mixes,  among them Veggie Bean Soup, Northwest Bean Pot, Rip Roarin' Lentil Chili, and White Chicken Chili.  To top it off, they offer sourdough, cornbread, muffin and flapjack mixes.  Catalog free.

Adriana's Caravan

Adriana's Caravan
409 Vanderbilt St.
Brooklyn, NY 11218


Description:  If you formerly shopped for spices in New York, you may have visited Adriana's Bazaar on the Upper West Side, where you could buy just about any spice from around the world.   The business has been reincarnated into a mail-order company.  Their condensed catalog is free, the complete catalog is free with your first order.

The Oriental Pantry
The Oriental Pantry
423 Great Rd.
Acton, MA 01720

Description: A selection of hard-to-find Oriental foods includes sauces used at the Joyce Chen restaurants in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Here at last is a source of baby corn, dried shrimp, wasabi, pickled ginger, Thai and Indian spices and mixes, and cooking equipment.  Catalog free.

Special Foods
Special Foods
9207 Shotgun Ct.
Springfield, VA 22153

fax: 1-703-644-1006

Description:  Addressing the needs of people who suffer from chemical sensitivities and food allergies, environmental scientist Karen Slimak has developed an extensive selection of flours, baking powders, cereals, mixes, pastas, breads, cookies and crackers made from white sweet potato, cassava, malanga, yam, artichoke, lotus, amaranth, water chestnut, milo, and quinoa. Catalog free.

Starbuck's Coffee Co
Starbuck's Coffee Co.
PO Box 34510
Seattle, WA 98124-1510


Description:  Founded in 1971, this company has a national direct-response business in addition to its retail locations.  Selection includes fine Arabica coffees (including decaf), shipped in specially designed vacuum-sealed bags immediately after roasting; herbal, green, black, and iced teas; raw sugar, mugs and travel tumblers; gift packs; and brewing equipment such as coffee and espresso machines.  Catalog free.

A Cook's Wares
Colonial Garden Kitchens
Colonial Garden Kitchens
PO Box 66
Hanover, PA 17333

fax: 1-800-757-9997

Description:  This catalog sells kitchen tools that range from practical, like the SilverStone broiler pan, to specialized, like a dumpling dough press-plus gadgets galore and interesting cookbooks.  Catalog $2.

The White Lily Foods Company
The White Lily Foods Company
PO Box 871
Knoxville, TN 37901


Description:  Uncommonly soft and tender, White Lily Four has been milled for over a century and makes cakes, muffins, biscuits and other homemade baked goods taste fresher than fresh.  Choose from self-rising, all-purpose and bread flours, self-rising cornmeal and buttermilk cornmeal mixes; and biscuit, cornbread, muffin, and pancake mixes.  Price list free.

Specialty Sauces
Specialty Sauces
444 Lake Cook Rd.
Ste. 2
Deerfield, IL 60015


Description: If you can't travel across the country, do the next best thing and shop by mail for barbecue sauces, hot sauces, and salsas, including fruit salsas, from popular American restaurants.  A selection of five barbecue sauces includes samples from Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse in Dallas; Arthur Bryant's Barbecue in Kansas City; McClard's Bar-B-Q in Hot Springs, Arkansas; Charlie Robinson's #1 Rib Restaurant in Chicago; and King Street Blues in Alexandria, Virginia.  Salsas come from La Fonda in Artesia, New Mexico; John Jacob's Parador in Tucson;  The  Lazy Donkey in Carrollton, Georgia; Stowe Away Lodge in Stowe, Vermont; and Zak's Restaurant in Zanesville, Ohio.  Brochure free.

Who Makes What A-L
If you have questions about your cookware or are in need of a new lid, handle or other replacement part, and have long since lost your manual, contact the manufacturer directly (ask for consumer information).  If you're not sure who made your cookware, contact  Hugh Rushing at the
Cookware Manufacturer's Association. PO Box 531335, Mountain Brook, AL  35255.

All-Clad Metalcrafters, Inc.
RD 2
Canonsburg, PA
(Copper Chef, Master Chef)

Chicago Metallic Products, Inc.
800 Ela Rd.
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
800-238-BAKE (2253)
fax: 847-438-1738
(Bakalon, Baker's Heritage, Village Baker)

Commercial Aluminum Cookware Co.
PO Box 583
Toledo, OH 43693

Consumer Products Division
Houghton park, EB-01
Corning, NY 14831
(Corningware, Pyrex, Revere Ware, Visions)

Ekco Housewares Co.
9234 West Belmont Ave.
Franklin Park, IL 60131
(Bakery utensils, baking pans, gadgets)

General Housewares Corporation
PO Box 4066
Terre Haute, IN 47804
(Blue Graniteware, Chicago Cutlery)

Harold Leonard & Company, Inc.
2835 East Ana St.
Rancho Dominguez, CA  90221
fax: 213-604-1748
(Eagleware, Halco)

Hillside Metalware
1060 Commerce Ave.
Union, NJ 07083
(aluminum bakeware, molds, springform pans, tube pans, etc.)

Le Creuset
PO Box 575, River Rd
Yemassee, SC 29945
fax: 803-589-8106
(Enameled cast-iron cookware from France)

Lodge Manufacturing Co.
PO Box 380
South Pittsburg, TN 37380
fax: 423-387-8279
(Large cast-iron manufacturer; free instructions on use and care of cast-iron cookware, plus information on Dutch oven cookery, camping accessories and cookbooks.)

Who Makes What M-Z

Meyer Corporation
One Meyer Place
Vallejo, CA 94590
(Analon, Bella Cuisine, Circulon, Farberware, Steelon)

The Mirro Company
1512 Washington St.
PO Box 1330
Manitowoc, WI 54221
(AirBake insulated bakeware, Foley food mills, Wearever aluminum cookware)

New Era Cookware
PO Box F
Clarksville, TN 37041
(Multi-Ply Stainless Steel)

Northland Aluminum Products, Inc.
Highway 7 at 100
Minneapolis, MN 55416
fax: 612-924-9968
(Bakeware, gas grills, microwave products, Nordic Cookware)

Padinox, Inc.
West Royalty Industrial Park
Charlottetown, PEI, C1E, 1B0
(Chaudier, Pademo)

Regal Ware, Inc.
1675 Reigle Dr.
PO Box 395
Kewaskum, WI 53040
fax: 414-626-8565
(Club Supra, Grey-Tech, Imperial, kitchen electrical appliances, Princess)

208 Passaic Ave,
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(Excellence, Paris appliances, Royale, Signature, Versailles)

Vita Craft Corporation
Box 3129
Shawnee, KS  66203
(Vita Craft 5-and 7-ply stainless cookware)

Wagner Ware Corporation
440 Fair Rd.
Sidney, OH  45365
800-457-COOK (2665)
fax: 800-457-BAKE (2253)
(Magnalite, Wagner Ware, cast-iron)

West Bend
400 Washington St.
West Bend, WI 53095
(Waterless or surgical stainless steel cookware, Futura, Nutri-Seal, Town

Vermont Country Store
Vermont Country Store
PO Box 3000
Manchester Center, VT 05255

fax: 1-802-362-0285

Description: This catalog has an old-fashioned feel.  It's done on newsprint in black and white, with drawings and photpgraphs throughout. It's a great source for old-fashioned, hard to find items like penny candy (remember Walnettos?) and Ovaltine.  They carry food, clothing, kitchen gadgets and much more.  The website is nicely done, and you can request a catalog online.

Dixie Diner's Club
Dixie Diner's Club
1-800-BEEFNOT (1-800-233-3668)

Description: A source for soy based foods and meat substitutes, the website also mentions ShakeMate, a low-fat, non-dairy smoothie, shake and power drink mix,  and Mrs Bateman's Baking Butter (NOT!).  You can order a catalog online.

Great American Spice Co - Amish Pantry
Great American Spice Co - Amish Pantry
619 Broadway
New Haven, IN  46774

Toll free:  1-888-74-spice
Fax:  1-888-75-spice
Local:  219-485-1936
Local fax:  219-493-7832
Web Site

Premium Spices, Blends, Mustards, Horseradish, Hot sauce, salsa, and Much Much More!

Has the regular variety of spices including Cilantro, File, & pages of peppers and then many unusual items such as Chamomile Flowers, Cassia (Cinnamon Flakes), Catnip leaf, Sassafras Leaves and many more.

Spice blends include the ones I have seen regularly plus things like Honey Ham Glaze, Coney Island Hotdog mix, Maple Cinnamon Sugar, Vanilla Sugar and lots more.

BBQ & Grilling Sauces from the norm to the very unusual.  Dried vegetables like Leek Flakes, Shallots, Green, Red & Jalapeno Peppers and Tomato Flakes. Hot Sauces, Chili mixes, Salsas, Mustards Galore.

Flavoring Oils like Bubble Gum, Apricot, Champagne, Coffee, Cotton Candy, Eggnog, Honey, Pina Colada, Maple, Marshmallow, Peanut Butter, Pistachio, Licorice, Root Beer, Salt Water Taffy, Tangerine,
Tutti-Frutti, and Watermelon are some of the most unusual listings.

Other unusual hard-to-find items listed are powders of  Molasses, Spinach. Tomato. Honey, different cheeses, Beets, Soy Sauce, Popcorns and toppings, Meat rubs & marinades, Sausage & Jerky flavorings & supplies, Soup mixes and alot of specialty items.

King Arthur Flour
King Arthur Flour
PO Box 876
Norwich, VT 05055


Description:  Products include excellent-quality bread baking equipment and accessories--regular and mini loaf pans, a crimped round sandwich pan, a baguette pan, a stoneware bread crock, brad knives, an electric slicer, and toast tongs.  You'll also find handy utensils, cookie molds, Bosch and Kitchen Aid mixers, colorful aprons, and much more.  Catalog free.

Kitchen Krafts
Kitchen Krafts
PO Box 442-GC98
Waukon, IA 52172-0442


Description:  Look no further for hard-to-find kitchen crafting items: cannoli forms, cake decorating tools, dipping tools, piecrust shields, parchment paper, cookie and candy molds (including greeting-card molds, a 3-D rose mold, and dinosaur sucker molds) and assorted candy boxes for homemade creations.  Spices and flavorings, cookbooks, and cooking videos are also offered.  Baking and food preparation tips are scattered throughout the catalog.  Catalog $1 or free when you mention Good Cook's Companion.

KCJ Vanilla Company
KCJ Vanilla Company
PO Box 126-GC
Norwood, PA  19074
Description:  From this company,  you can order delicious, full-bodied pure vanilla extracts, all from premium vanilla beans and containing no artificial ingredients.  Choose double strength or quadruple strength if you like.  The vanilla sampler, containing double-strength Tahitian, Bourbon and Mexican vanilla is a good introduction. These three varieties are also available as beans.  Thirty other natural flavors and pure vanilla powder are also offered.  Catalog $2, includes 80 recipes.
PO Box 7456
San Francisco, CA 94120


Description:  This is a widely known cook's catalog and one of the most attractive.  Delicious recipes dot pages that feature quality-name cookware--Chantal, Grande Cuisine, ProForme Nonstick and All-Clad, amongothers.  They also offer Krups coffeemakers, Kenwood toasters, Belgian wafflers and imported foods and tableware.  Catalog free.

Sur La Table
Sur La Table
1765 6th Ave., S
Seattle, WA 98134-1608

fax: 206-682-1026

Description: You may get lost in the pages of this dazzling cookware catalog--copper pots and pans, Le Creuset (some at half price), strainers, measuring devices, kitchen tools and molds.  You'll be tempted to take oneof everything.  Catalog free.

Adobe Milling Co, Inc.
Adobe Milling Co, Inc
PO Box 596
Dove Creek, CO 81324

fax: 970-667-2667

Description: Ernest Waller and Bruce Riddell started this company in 1983 to specialize in beans, tasty spices, and sauces.  They have reintroduced the Anasazi bean, and also offer pinto and bolita beans, bean mixes, NewMexico chili powders, gift packs and popcorn.  Price list free.

 Spices - Penzey's, Ltd
Spices - Penzey's, Ltd
PO Box 933
Muskego, WI 53150

fax:  414-679-7878

Description:  If you've never had a chance to visit this unique spice house, formerly located in Milwaukee, you can do the next best thing by ordering the company's information-packed catalog.  The Penzey family sells more than 250 items-fresh bulk herbs, spices and seasonings.  Choose your fenugreek seeds whole or ground, and then try to find any spice you need that isn't available.  Full-color catalog, free.

Chef's Catalogue
Chef's Catalogue
3215 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL  60062-1900


Description:  Here you'll find professional equipment for the home chef from all around the world: Cuisinart food processors, Krups coffee makers, Henckels cutlery, and gourmet cookware like Calphalon, All-Clad, and LeCreuset.  Chef's Catalogue also offers expert advice and complete product information on its toll-free customer service hotline: 1-800-967-CHEF (2433).  Mention code 9187 and receive a $5 gift certificate.  Free 92-pagecatalogue.

 Bridge Kitchenware
Bridge Kitchenware
214 East 52nd St.
New York, NY  10022


Description:  For nearly 50 years, this company has been supplying New York restaurants and hotels with fine quality cookware from around the world. It's jam-packed color catalog includes everything from 10 different sizes of melon ball cutters to copper cookware to KitchenAid mixers.  Catalog $3, refundable with first purchase.

Bickford Flavors
Bickford Flavors
19007 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44117


Description:  Cooks in search of delicate new taste sensations can count on this century-old flavor maven to address their wish list.  Bickford stocks an extensive range of water-based flavors and flavored oils, available by the ounce, pint, or gallon.  Many varieties of vanilla are available, in addition to such delicate savors as raspberry, peanut butter, chocolate almond, chocolate mint and chocolate cherry.  Price list is free.

American Spoon Foods, Inc
American Spoon Foods, Inc
PO Box 566
Petoskey, MI 49770



Description:  The pantry items for sale by this innovative company--preserves, fruit-juice-sweetened spoon fruits, dried fruits, sauces and condiments--are every bit as enchanting as the illustrations that Kristin Hurlin sprinkles throughout the catalog.  Cherry-blueberry spoon fruit; wild butternut, black walnut, pecan, and hickory meats; dried cranberries, blueberries, cherries, and strawberries, and on and on. Catalog free.

Replacements, LTD
1-800-REPLACE (1-800-737-5223)

Description:  Worlds largest inventory of replacement china, crystal, flatware and collectibles. 80,000 patterns. 4 million pieces.  Discontinued and active patterns.  Buy or sell.


Aux Delices des Bois
14 Leonard St.
New York, NY 10013

website: http://

Description:  Amy and Thierry Farges provide "the essence of a season on your plate", a selection of wild, fresh, domestic, and imported mushrooms, especially from France, plus truffles, truffle juice, white truffle oil, and organic wild rice.  Their Fungus by Fax permits overnight delivery of the most perishable items.  There is even a Mushroom-of-the-Month gift offer.  Catalog free.



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