How and when did food production move from the kitchen to the factory? The items in this catalogue seek to illustrate this transformation. Included are printed and manuscript materials produced by and for the food industry: handbooks, trade catalogues, advertising art, labels, photographs, and ephemera. We've divided the catalogue into the primary activities that occur 'between farm and table', stopping just short of the home or restaurant kitchen.
You hold in your hands (well, virtually) Rabelais Catalogue 2. It’s been a long time coming, almost three years now since its predecessor. We’ve tried to fill the time in between with short lists, some printed special items, like our cocktail brochure for Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, and more than a few appearances at book fairs. But there’s nothing like a real catalogue to force a bookseller to get down to work, to take stock of what he or she has purchased that might be worthy of a print, and to get around to doing the research, writing and photography that are the building blocks of this ephemeral, and admittedly commercial, endeavor.
Our first catalogue of antiquarian titles contains books from the 18th through the 20th centuries, and includes cookbooks, artist's books, farm and garden books, cocktail manuals and more.
This July, we head to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, the annual international conference for drink history and craft cocktail creation. We'll be displaying hundreds of rare books on cocktails, drink history, distilling, wine, soda fountains and more. As a little tease, we've created this short catalogue with just a few of our offerings. See you in the Big Easy!