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:

Food for Thought : Thought for Food in Downeast Magazine

Wednesday April 10, 2019

The April issue of Downeast Magazine includes a short piece 'by the numbers' about Rabelais. It includes some interesting statistics, including the age of the oldest book (was 484, now 489), the distance of the farthest customer (6643 miles to Tokyo), and the most expensive book (everyone always asks this...

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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...

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LA TIMES: 7 great American cookbook shops

Monday February 18, 2019

Thanks to Amy Scattergood and the LA Times for including Rabelais in their article, "7 Great American Cookbook Shops". 

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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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