"'His relationship with food isn’t based entirely on marvelous meals. It’s as much about the failures as it is about the successes,' Lindgren said, fidgeting a little with the excitement of a specialist."read more
Here's what the press has been saying about our shop, and about the fantastic food that can be found in our small city:
"We caught up with one of the presenters, well-known Portland bartender John Myers, before he was too breathless from mixing up mint juleps for 20. (Yup, that’s part of his presentation. Even the chats feature booze at this event.) Myers, who works at the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, and Don...read more
"Are my books worth anything, I asked? “Well,” Lindgren said, hesitating politely. “Not really… There are a lot of used books in the world.” (That’s the short version. In fact, he generously spent 20 minutes on the phone and spoke articulately and fascinatingly about the nature of collecting, shelf order...read more
Antiques & the Arts Weekly gives us a shout out in their round-up coverage of the 35th Annual Ephemera Society of America Conference. Held every March in Greenwich, CT, the conference and paper fair, bring together the best dealers, collectors, insitutions and scholars to share ephemera.read more
"There are CSAs for almost everything edible these days. Is North Spore really the first winter mushroom CSA in Maine? “As far as I know,” Thanhauser said. “I would almost guarantee that.” In the summer, the trio hopes to add a foraged mushroom CSA, but for now, from January to...read more
Zest, a brand new Maine-centered food magazine debuted this month, and we were pleased to be profiled by food writer Michael Sanders, and photographed by Russell French. The magazine is handsomely produced and available now at bookshops including Rabelais.read more
"When my guest, Don Lindgren, arrives, there’s a reverent nod among the staff as we’re led to our table (crafted from salvaged Maine hardwood by Marc McCabe). Don, with his wife, Samantha, is the owner of Rabelais in Biddeford, recently dubbed “the best cookbook shop in America” by Bon Appétit...read more
From Where to Eat and Drink in Maine
"The first time I visited Rabelais, I spent two hours browsing the Portland storefront, spent $300, and was late to my dinner reservation. It’s what happens when a cookbook addiction meets the jaw-dropping culinary selection amassed by owners Don and Samantha Lindgren. Eight years...
"Rabelais You’ll find every book about food or drink imaginable, no matter how obscure, rare, or just plain old—from a 1940s-era volume about American cocktails to one about Baroque Italian cuisine—at this gem of a bookstore between Portland and Kennebunkport."read more
See Rabelais' recommendation for a book worth cooking all-the-way-through.
"There’s something about the idea of cooking through an entire cookbook that’s very appealing. Like you’re going to culinary school for $30. The best-known example is Julie & Julia, née The Julie/Julia Project, which left both Mastering the Art of French Cooking and the whole...read more
On Sunday, James Beard Foundation award winner, Joe Yonan, Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post, stopped by Rosemont Produce Company on Commercial Street in Portland to promote his new cookbook, "Eat Your Vegetables." The book event — arranged by Rosemont Produce Company and Rabelais Fine Books on Food...read more