Rabelais is always serving up fine books about food, wine, farming and gardening. We have one of the largest selections of rare, out-of-print cookbooks in the US, along with a significant collection of manuscripts, menus, product cookbooks, prints, photographs and other ephemera, all concerned with the pleasure of the senses.

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 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 first growth wines 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 inventory, but it represents less than ten percent of our stock. 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 crisis, our shop in Biddeford is closed. Appointments and walk-ins are not possible for the time being. Online sales are still possible, and we will do our best to fulfill orders from our website. But shipping times will likely 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.

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