Rare Cook Books on Food, Wine & Cocktail Recipes for Sale Online

If you’re looking to buy a rare first-edition book on food or wine, you’ve come to the right place. From autographed copies of James Beard's American Cookery, to first editions of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, you'll find numerous culinary classics to be cherished for decades for sale here at Raptis Rare Books. We are a trusted antiquarian book dealer and we maintain a wide variety of vintage and collectible books on food, wine and spirits. Browse through our entire collection of classic recipe books below. Call or email to ask a question about the book or order online today!

  • First Edition of a cocktail continentale concocted in 24 countries; Inscribed by Bruce Reynolds

    Reynolds, Bruce.

    A Cocktail Continentale: Concocted in 24 Countries Served in 38 Sips and a Kick Guaranteed. A Travel Tale That Reads Like Lightning.

    New York: George Sully, 1926.

    First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Arthur Knox-  who once gave me “Hard Knocks”- but me me love him Bruce Reynolds January Tenth 1927.” A travel tail that reads like lightning. Frontispiece and 11 full page illustrations by Russell Patterson. In near fine condition.

    Price: $450.00

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  • First Edition of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life; Signed by Barbara Kingsolver

    Kingsolver, Barbara with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

    New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.

    First edition of this “profound, graceful, and literary work” (The Boston Globe). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Barbara Kingsolver on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Paoloa Echavarria.

    Price: $80.00

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  • First Edition of M.F.K. Fisher's Consider the Oyster; Signed By Her

    Fisher, M.F.K.

    Consider the Oyster.

    New York: Duell, Sloan and Pierce, 1941.

    First edition of this early Fisher work, which deals in the history, preparation and eating of oysters. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the M.F.K. Fisher on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed.

    Price: $650.00

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  • "I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like good cooking": First Edition of Delights and Prejudices; Signed by James Beard

    Beard, James; Illustrated by Earl Thollander.

    Delights and Prejudices.

    New York: Atheneum, 1964.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the half title page, “Good eating James Beard.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the spine tips.

    Price: $950.00

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  • First Edition of Duncan Hines' Food Odyssey; Signed by Duncan Hines

    Hines, Duncan.

    Duncan Hines’ Food Odyssey.

    New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1955.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Duncan Hines on the dedication page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Foreword by Roy H. Park.

    Price: $500.00

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  • Rare First Edition of Pasteur's ETUDES SUR LE VIN

    Pasteur, Louis.

    Etudes Sur Le Vin: ses maladies, causes qui le provoquent, procédés nouveaux pour le conserver et pour le viellir.

    Paris: L'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1866.

    First edition of Pasteur’s landmark study of fermentation in wine and the development of micro-organisms. Octavo, with 32 inserted color plates and 10 black and white figures in the text. In very good condition.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • "To eat figs off the tree in the very early morning, when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the exquisite pleasures of the Mediterranean": First Edition of Frech Provincial Cooking; Signed By Elizabeth David

    David, Elizabeth.

    French Provincial Cooking.

    London: Michael Joseph, 1960.

    First British edition of the author’s landmark work on European cooking. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Elizabeth David on the front free endpaper. A very good example in an excellent dust jacket which has had some light expert restoration. Illustrated by Juliet Renny. Books signed by Elizabeth David are rare.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • First Edition of John McPhee's Giving Good Weight; Inscribed by Him

    McPhee, John.

    Giving Good Weight.

    New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979.

    First edition of this collection of McPhee’s classic essays. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Len Byrd all best John.” Additionally signed by John McPhee on the title page.

    Price: $95.00

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  • First Edition of John McPhee's Giving Good Weight; Signed by Him

    McPhee, John.

    Giving Good Weight.

    New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979.

    First edition of this collection of McPhee’s classic essays. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John McPhee on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $50.00

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  • Rare First Edition of MOST INFLUENTIAL WORK ON CALIFORNIA WINE-MAKING Haraszthy's Grape Culture, Wines, and WineMaking

    Haraszthy, Agoston.

    Grape Culture, Wines, and Wine-Making: With Notes upon Agriculture and Horticulture.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1862.

    First edition of this important work on viticulture by Haraszthy, who is often referred to as “the Father of California Wine.” Octavo, original burgundy cloth with titles to the spine in gilt and decoration to the front panel. Fifty one engravings of wine-making apparatus. Frontispiece of Buena Vista Ranch, Sonoma County, California, which was Haraszthy’s home. In near fine condition with moderate wear to the cloth. First editions are uncommon, especially in the original cloth.

    Price: $4,500.00

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  • "If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three - wine, food, and art - as a way of enhancing life": First Edition of Robert Mondavi's Harvests of Joy; Signed and dated by Him

    Mondavi, Robert.

    Harvests of Joy: My Passion For Excellence How the Good Life Became Great Business.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998.

    First edition of Mondavi’s autobiography, the godfather of California winemaking. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Robert Mondavi in the year of publication in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Claudine Guerguerian.

    Price: $175.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition Elizabeth David's Italian Food

    David, Elizabeth.

    Italian Food.

    London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1987.

    Signed Limited edition of David’s classic work Italian Food. One of 400 copies signed by Elizabeth David, this is number 13. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket.

    Price: $450.00

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  • "The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it": First Edition of American Cookery; Signed by James Beard

    Beard, James.

    James Beard’s American Cookery.

    Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1972.

    First edition of the author’s classic work. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by James Beard on the half title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket.

    Price: $1,650.00

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  • Hazan manages to deliver everything you want in a cookbook. The recipes are easy to understand and to follow. They are almost invariably delicious

    Hazan, Marcella.

    Marcella Cucina.

    New York: Harper Collins, 1, 9997.

    First edition. Original boards. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, "To Mary best wishes! Marcella Hazan."

    Price: $350.00

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  • SIGNED BY MARCELLA HAZAN

    Hazan, Marcella.

    Marcella Says…

    New York: Harper Collins, 2004.

    First edition. Quarto, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some sunning to the front panel. Signed by the author on half- title page.

    Price: $375.00

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  • First Edition of Marcella's Italian Kitchen; Inscribed by Her

    Hazan, Marcella.

    Marcella’s Italian Kitchen.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.

    First edition. Quarto, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jane best wishes and….buen appetito Marcella Hazan.” The recipient is Jane Moulton, who was a food editor for The Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1967-1992. She was a member of the American Wine Society and was the editor of its journal until 2008.

    Price: $450.00

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  • Child, Julia; Simone Beck.

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume 2.

    New York: Alfred Knopf, 1970.

    First edition of the second volume of this classic cooking volume. Folio, original illustrated boards. Very good in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $125.00

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  • Rare First Editions Of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Volumes 1 & 2; Both Volumes Signed By Julia Child

    Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; & Bertholle, Louisette.

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volumes 1 & 2.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961-70.

    First editions of both volumes of this classic cook book. Quarto, 2 volumes, original illustrated boards. Volume 1 is signed by “Bon Appetit Julia Child” on a bookplate. Volume two is inscribed by and dated in the year of publication by Julia Child on the half title page. Both copies are in near fine condition in near fine dust jackets. A very nice set, rare signed in both volumes.

    Price: $6,500.00

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  • First Edition of More Classic Italian Cooking; Warmly Inscribed by Marcella Hazan

    Hazan, Marcella.

    More Classic Italian Cooking.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.

    First edition. Original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, “To Jane best wishes and….buen appetito Marcella Hazan.” The recipient is Jane Moulton, who was a food editor for The Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1967-1992. She was a member of the American Wine Society and was the editor of its journal until 2008.

    Price: $450.00

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  • First Edition of Simone Beck's New Menus From Simca's Cuisine; Signed by Her and Co-Collaborator Michael James

    Beck, Simone in collaboration with Michael James.

    New Menus From Simca’s Cuisine.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979.

    First edition of this collection of recipes from Simca Beck. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by both Simone Beck and Michael James on the half-title page. Illustrations by Catherine Brandel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear. Jacket design by Loretta Trezzo.

    Price: $60.00

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