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Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink
2 Main Street, 18-214, Biddeford, ME 04005-5173
(207) 602-6246
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SUMMER HOURS!!
Effective immediately, we will be open: Thursday through Sunday. 11am 'til 3pm. Otherwise by appointment or chance. Please note we will be away and therefore closed July 17th through 23.
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Vacation Alert!
 
We're out of town, enjoying Maine island life from Tuesday, August 18 through Monday, August 24. Then it's back to regular Summer hours: open Friday through Tuesday, 11-5, otherwise by appointment or chance. We will announce new Fall hours after Labor Day. 
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I spent the day cataloguing some marvelous books which arrived this morning, but I kept returning to this image in a copy of Darlington’s Memorials of John Bartram and Humphrey Marshall. Bartram was...
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When is a book not a book? When it’s a manuscript fair copy of a printed book. Sometime between 1685 and 1700, someone took the trouble to copy the first two sections of Dufour’s important work on...
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Fresh Arrivals #39.
Yikes, it's cold in Maine this winter season, which means it's good weather for cataloging all of the new books we've received. So we're back to a regular schedule of the short lists we call Fresh Arrivals, and in early February we'll be shipping out another print catalogue. If you missed it, ...
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Fresh Arrivals #38: Fifty two items of culinary bibliography.
Okay, so school started more than a month ago, but it's never too late to get serious about your culinary collecting with some important reference books. We've received the collection of bibliographies, auction and exhibition catalogues from former culinary collectors and booksellers John and ...
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And here's more from the Portland Press Herald on the Bowdoin College acquisition.
The collection covering 1772 to 1960 reflects on meal preparation, domestic life and society with an 'astonishing' breadth that has great research value.
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Glad to have played a part in securing this great collection of American Cookery for Bowdoin College. To get something like this done, it takes a collector, a donor, a bookseller, and a committed college library. 
A proper “Independence Cake,” according to Amelia Simmons' American Cookery, should be big enough to feed quite a few Americans. The cake recipe, originally published in 1796, requires 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of sugar, 10 pounds of butter, four dozen eggs, one quart wine, one quart brandy, ...
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Rabelais' Fresh Arrivals no. 40, a short list of newly catalogued rare cookery books and paper.
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"…for the kitchens of America are cursed by the pie dish and the frying pan, and their out-put, to an extent which in the aggregate, is horrifying, in one or another sort of mucilaginous or oleaginous...
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Happy to supply some images of great early food trucks, to the folks creating the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. 
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Tasting whiskey all in the name of journalism. 
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At Rabelais you can find thousands of books on food and wine, from comfortable old favorites to haute cuisine, from Southern fried chicken to molecular gastronomy. Whether you are a member of the profession and cook for a living, or a serious armchair epicure who cooks for dinner, we have inspiration for you. Rabelais also serves those inclined towards thirst. We have books on first growth wines and home beer brewing, cocktail culture and saloon society. 

Please note that our hours are seasonal and that during much of the year we are open by appointment or chance. 
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2 Main Street, 18-214, Biddeford, ME 04005-5173
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