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The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Friday November 16, 2018 - Sunday November 18, 2018 read more

Maine Farmland Trust - Issue no. 5 Launch Party

Wednesday July 18, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Rabelais is pleased to host Maine Farmland Trust as they celebrate the fifth(!) issue of their annual journal, 'Maine Farms', and five years of gathering the stories of Maine's farm and food landscape. Wednesday, July 18th 5:30-7:30 Rabelais Books North Dam Mill Building 18 2 Main Street Biddeford, Maine 04005...

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The 2018 Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair

Friday April 6, 2018 - Saturday April 7, 2018

One of our favorite events of the year! Here's how it bills itself:

"One of the most congenial regional bookfairs in North America! 40+ dealers from around Virginia and from throughout the United States, sharing their love and knowledge of rare books, maps, autographs, bookbinding, ephemera and all other aspects of historical print...

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2018 Ephemera Society Conference

Saturday March 17, 2018 - Sunday March 18, 2018

Please join Rabelais as we exhibit our very best culinary ephemera at the 38th annual conference and ephemera fair on March 15–18, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

 Culinary ephemera includes all sorts of printed items intended for somewhat short-term use, including menus, trade cards, advertising...

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2018 Bibliography Week ABAA Showcase

Thursday January 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us  THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th 10:00 am-4:00 pm. At The French Institute/Alliance Française, 22 E 60th Street: Following on the great success of previous year’s events, a special mini-antiquarian book fair, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, will be held this year. In the Gallery and “Le Skyroom”...

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2017 Oxford Symposium on Food & Drink

Friday July 7, 2017 - Sunday July 9, 2017

The Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery is an annual, weekend-long conference on food, its culture and its history. The oldest and most important gathering on this topic, it brings together up to 220 international scholars, journalists, chefs, scientists, sociologists, anthrolopogists—and even committed amateurs—among others, for a serious discussion about...

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Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair

Friday April 7, 2017 1:00 PM - Saturday April 8, 2017 7:00 PM

Join us in Richmond Virginia, Friday April 7, and Saturday April 8, for the Fifth Annual Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair. 

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Rabelais' 2016 Annual Sale!

Friday November 18, 2016 11:00 AM - Monday November 21, 2016 5:00 PM
Join us for the 2016 Annual Rabelais Storewide Sale: 
  • Friday through Monday 
  • November 18th through 21st  
  • 11am-5pm each day
This means thousands of new, used, out-of-print, and rare books, all dedicated to cooking, food and drink, will be available at special prices. 
  • All books in the shop priced $100...
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The Essential Oyster Dinner with Rowan Jacobsen

Thursday October 27, 2016 6:00 PM

Join us at Hugo's on the night of Thursday, October 27th with James Beard and IACP Award winning author Rowan Jacobsen for a five course dinner celebrating the release of Rowan's newest book, The Essential Oyster. The door opens at 6pm, beginning with a cocktail reception before a five course tasting menu...

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Annual Summer Sale - POSTPONED!

Thursday August 25, 2016 - Sunday August 28, 2016

Ou annual sale is postponed due to an illness in the family. As soon as we are able, we will reschedule, and post news here, and on social media. 

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A Lecture at Bowdoin College

Wednesday January 27, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

To open the Spring 2016 exhibition, What to Eat, and How to Cook It: A Celebration of the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, antiquarian bookseller and epicure Don Lindgren explores what the physical attributes of cookbooks can tell us about our social, cultural, and environmental past. Check...

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2015 Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Friday November 13, 2015 - Sunday November 15, 2015

November 13-15, 2015

Hynes Convention Center

Boston, MA

Friday 13th - 5:00-9:00PM
Saturday 14th - Noon-7:00PM
Sunday 15th - Noon-5:00PM
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The Jacques Pepin Lecture at Boston University

Monday September 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Monday, September 21st, I'll be giving the Jacques Pepin Lecture in Food Studies and Gastronomy at Boston University. It's free and open to the public, and I've just heard that it's filling up fast. I'll be taking a close look at all of the elements that make up a cookbook...

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The 2nd annual Brooklyn Book Print Art & Design Fair

Saturday September 19, 2015 - Sunday September 20, 2015
September 19-20, 2015
Saturday 11am-7pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin St
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
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Baxter Society Talk

Wednesday May 13, 2015 6:30 PM

Join us here at the shop on Wednesday, May 13th for the monthly Baxter Society Talk. I'll be speaking about The Apgar Collection of American Cookery,  a great collection of 18th and 19th century printed American cookbooks. The collection is here in the shop, and will be on view. It's...

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