At Rabelais you can find thousands of books on food and drink, from the 16th century to the present. Six centuries of food writing! From comfortable old favorites to haute cuisine, from Southern fried chicken to molecular gastronomy. Whether you are a member of the profession and cook for a living, or a serious armchair epicure who cooks for dinner, we have information and inspiration for you. Rabelais also serves those inclined towards thirst. We have books on first growth wines and home beer brewing, cocktail culture and saloon society. We’re very pleased to be serving the working cooks of Portland, New England and beyond. Rabelais remains involved with Maine’s food community through membership and involvement in organizations such as the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Slow Food Portland. In addition to early works on English, Continental and American agriculture, we stock modern literature on seed starting, backyard chickens and season extension, among other farm pursuits.
Here in our online store you will find a selection of books from our brick and mortar inventory. If there is ever anything that you are searching for that you do not see here please don’t hesitate to contact us.
For the remainder of the winter we are open only by appointment or chance. Please drop us an email to make an appointment, or stop by if you're in the neighborhood. We almost always have someone working Saturday through Tuesday, 11-5, but no promises.