"A national treasure of a cookbook store that specializes in out-of-print and rare tomes, some of which are hundreds of years old. At the time of year owners Don and Samantha Lindgren frequently travel, so call ahead to make an appointment, even simply to browse or buy the latest Ottolenghi...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:
"For today’s installment, we take a page from our fall issuefeature on collecting cookbooks and highlight the manuscript recipe book of actress and author Fanny Kemble. It will be on offer from Rabelais Books at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fairbeginning Friday evening.
Kemble (1809-1893) was a very popular English-born stage actress. She married American...
"A shop filled with nothing but food books is a certain form of heaven"
"Indeed, some stores have serious culinary pedigrees: Kitchen Arts and Letters was a favorite of James Beard and Julia Child, and is a necessary pilgrimage spot for food-world celebrities like Ferran Adria. Biddleford, Maine's Rabelais is as beloved...read more
Rabelais is pleased to have been the agent for the placement of the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery at Bowdoin College. The large collection of Amerian cookbooks, dating from 1772, was assembled over many years by Clifford Apgar.read more
"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