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 on cooking from historical recipes in the Denver Post

Monday September 17, 2018

Rabelais makes a cameo in an article on cooking from historical recipes in the Denver Post. Flaming peacocks and pyes of mutton: The quest to re-create yesterday’s meals was written by Dan Danbom, an antiquarian bookseller himself. Click the website link above for the whole article. 

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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WCSH's Rob Caldwell visits Rabelais to see what we're up to.

Monday November 28, 2016

WCSH's Rob Caldwell visits Rabelais to see what we're up to. 


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Rare, Old Cookbooks & What they Teach Us.

Wednesday November 9, 2016

Peggy Grodinsky of the Portland Press Herald talks to us about cookbooks and Rabelais. 

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Domino Magazine visits Portland (and Biddeford)

Wednesday August 10, 2016

Domino Magaine mentions the irresistible one-two punch of Palace Diner and Rabelais Books, Very happy to be on this list!

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A National Treasure of a Cookbook Store

Friday November 20, 2015

"A national treasure of a cookbook store that specializes in out-of-print and rare tomes, some of which are hundreds of years old. At the time of year owners Don and Samantha Lindgren frequently travel, so call ahead to make an appointment, even simply to browse or buy the latest Ottolenghi...

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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...

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The Simple Perfection of a Cookbook Store

Wednesday September 9, 2015 - Monday November 9, 2015

"A shop filled with nothing but food books is a certain form of heaven"

"Indeed, some stores have serious culinary pedigrees: Kitchen Arts and Letters was a favorite of James Beard and Julia Child, and is a necessary pilgrimage spot for food-world celebrities like Ferran Adria. Biddleford, Maine's Rabelais is as beloved...

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More on the Kramer Collection

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Kramer Collection of American Cookery placed at Bowdoin College

Tuesday September 1, 2015

Rabelais is pleased to have been the agent for the placement of the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery at Bowdoin College. The large collection of Amerian cookbooks, dating from 1772, was assembled over many years by Clifford Apgar. 

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On Nigel Slater in The New Yorker

Monday June 22, 2015

"'His relationship with food isn’t based entirely on marvelous meals. It’s as much about the failures as it is about the successes,' Lindgren said, fidgeting a little with the excitement of a specialist."

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Rum Riots in Take Magaine

Saturday May 30, 2015 - Wednesday June 3, 2015

"We caught up with one of the presenters, well-known Portland bartender John Myers, before he was too breathless from mixing up mint juleps for 20. (Yup, that’s part of his presentation. Even the chats feature booze at this event.) Myers, who works at the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, and Don...

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