Bon Appetit's restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton declares Portland "America's Foodiest Small Town" and visits Rabelais. "I found the clubhouse for this loose confederation of food lovers at Rabelais cookbook store. The selection ranges from new releases to one-of-a-kind gems. (An 1826 first edition of Brillat-Savarin's famous Physiology of Taste is signed by the author. For cookbook junkies, that's like a Bible signed by God.) "It's become the town square for Portland's food community," says Kern Desjarlais. As I browsed, I made a mental note to come back on my next visit and if I'm lucky, I might even get invited to another Deathmatch."
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