After nearly eighteen years in Biddeford and Portland, Maine, our brick and mortar shop is now closed. But here in our online shop you will find cookbooks and other printed and manuscript materials about food and drink. We have one of the largest selections of rare  cookbooks in the U.S., along with a significant collection of manuscripts, menus, product cookbooks, prints, photographs and other ephemera, all expressions of the culture of food. Our bookshelves hold six centuries of food writing, from comfortable old favorites to haute cuisine, from Southern fried chicken to sous vide. Rabelais also serves those inclined towards thirst, with books on winemaking, cocktail culture, the history of soda fountains, and home brewing. Whether you are a member of the profession and cook for a living, or a serious armchair epicure who reads cookbooks for pleasure, we have information and inspiration for you.

And if you don't see what you are seeking please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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RABELAIS' SHOP IN BIDDEFORD MAINE IS NOW CLOSED. We continue selling online, at book fairs around the country, and via direct sales. 

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