Rabelais Press

Here's what the press has been saying about our shop, and about the fantastic food that can be found in our small city:

Rabelais in Travel & Leisure

Friday April 30, 2021


Many thanks to Travel & Leisure and to Kevin West for including Rabelais in their 'Culinary Road Trip through Coastal Maine'. This came out in print in April, but I somehow missed the online version. And big thanks again to Greta Rybus for the great photographs of Rabelais and...

Included in the Saveur 100

Thursday October 1, 2020 12:00 AM - Saturday October 31, 2020 11:45 PM

We're honored to have been included in the Saveur 100, the annual list of the magazine's favorite food items, people, products, and ideas. It's the first time in five years they've run the list, and we're glad they brought it back (not just because we're in it!). We spoke with...

Rabelais in Life & Thyme

Tuesday March 5, 2019

Many thanks to Carly and Lauren DeFilippo of Life & Thyme for taking the time to visit and listen and look, and then write and photograph this portrait of what we do at Rabelais.

'Beyond the printed information each text contains, cookbooks also boast an unprecedented “evidence of use” in...

A shout out in Bon Appetit

Wednesday August 8, 2018

Our buddy Andrew Knowlton leaves a delicious swansong as he leaves Bon Appetit for other pastures, naming Portland, Maine "Resturant City of the Year" and including Biddeford and Rabelais in his round-up.

"Leave town! Biddeford is the best reason to drive 18 miles south. It's home to one of the...

The Portland Press Herald

Friday January 5, 2018

Biddeford bookstore specializing in food and drink will focus solely on the rare

by Meredith Goad

Rabelais, the rare books store in Biddeford, will stop selling new and recent used books and materials and will be open by appointment only in 2018. 

Rabelais, an antiquarian book store in Biddeford that...

'A Hungry Antiquarian'

Wednesday June 28, 2017

Portland's creative and strategic content firm Knack Factory produced a short video featuring Rabelais. They write,

"We wanted to spend time with someone who is equal parts insightful and sort of magical. Our friends at Big Tree Hospitality (Hugo's Restaurant, The Honey Paw and Eventide Oyster Co.) inspired us to...

Fanny Kemble' Manuscript Cookery Book, in Fine Books & Collections

Monday November 9, 2015

"For today’s installment, we take a page from our fall issuefeature on collecting cookbooks and highlight the manuscript recipe book of actress and author Fanny Kemble. It will be on offer from Rabelais Books at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fairbeginning Friday evening. 

Kemble (1809-1893) was a very popular English-born stage actress. She married American...