Rabelais is always serving up fine books about food and drink. We have one of the largest selections of rare and out-of-print cookbooks in the U.S., along with a significant collection of manuscripts, menus, product cookbooks, prints, photographs and other ephemera, all expressions of the important role food holds in culture.

Our books on food and drink range date the 16th century to the present; six centuries of food writing, from comfortable old favorites to haute cuisine, from Southern fried chicken to sous vide. Whether you are a member of the profession and cook for a living, or a serious armchair epicure who cooks for pleasure, we have information and inspiration for you. Rabelais also serves those inclined towards thirst, with books on soda fountains and home beer brewing, cocktail culture and saloon society.

Here in our online shop you will find a selection of books from our brick and mortar stock, but it represents less than ten percent of our inventory. If you are seeking something you do not see here please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Due to the current pandemic crisis, our shop in Biddeford is closed except for those with appointments. Send us an email to make an appointment. Online sales are also still possible, and we will do our best to fulfill orders from our website quickly. But shipping times may be a bit longer than usual. We hope to see you soon, when the world rights itself.  Wishing you all safety and health, and at least a few tasty meals along the way.

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