Rabelais is always serving up fine books about food, drink, farming and gardening. We carry a sizable stock of rare and out-of-print culinary books, alongside prints, photographs and ephemera, all concerned with the pleasure of the senses. Rabelais also serves those inclined towards thirst. We have books on first growth wines and home beer brewing, cocktail culture and saloon society.
Our shop, in an historic mill in Biddeford, Maine, contains six centuries of fine books on gastronomy. We maintain significant collections of books and ephemera on related fields, including menus, cocktails, distilling, beer and brewing, wild foods and mushroom foraging, cheesemaking and more.
We work with private collectors and institutions to develop collections in fields related to cookery, and appraise individual items and collections for estate, insurance and donation purposes. In addition, we place culinary archives of significance with appropriate institutions.
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Copeland, CharlesThe Cuisine: Household Cooking Recipes, Prepared Under the Supervision of Charles Copeland, Confectioner and General CatererBoston : Alfred Mudge & Sons, Printers, 34 School Street , 1872 (click for more details)
[Woman's Christian Temperance Union (New London, Conn.)]Rules for Good Living. Published by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, New London, Conn. January, 1894New London, Conn : [Woman's Christian Temperance Union of New London, Conn.]; Morning Telegraph Print , 1894 (click for more details)
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Catalogue Seven: Rabelais’ 10th Anniversary With this, our seventh full-length catalogue, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Rabelais. In November of 2006, Samantha and I passed a ‘For Rent’ sign in a Portland shop window, spent lunch sketching a business plan on a napkin and, just a few months later in the Spring of 2007 opened Rabelais.
2016 RBMS Showcase List Thirty-seven notable items we will be brining to Florida for the 2016 RBMS Conference.