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!

  • "CANDY MAKING, AS A PASTIME FOR YOUNG FOLKS, IS NOT TO BE SURPASSED": FIRST EDITION OF AUNT BABBETTE'S HOME CONFECTIONERY

    Kramer, Bertha F.

    “Aunt Babette’s” Home Confectionery.

    Chicago and Cincinnati: Bloch Publishing & Printing Co, 1893.

    First edition of this early collection of confectionery recipes published as a companion to the author’s first book, Aunt Babette’s Cook Book, the first American Jewish cookbook to become a best-seller in 1889. Also published by Bloch Publishing Company, the oldest Jewish printing house in the United States, Aunt Babette’s Cook Book was perhaps so successful because of the extensive inclusion of non-Kosher recipes, reflecting the early assimilation tendencies of the 19th-century Reform Jewish movement.  Small octavo, original cloth. In good condition.

     

     

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • 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 Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits; Signed by Him

    Lichine, Alexis.

    Alexis Lichine’s Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.

    First edition of this comprehensive guide to wines and spirits. Quarto, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Alexis Lichine on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Illustrated with 52 specially prepared maps.

    Price: $375.00

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  • "The Best Way to Learn about Wine is the Drinking": First Edition of Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France; Inscribed by Him

    Lichine, Alexis.

    Alexis Lichine’s Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

    First edition of America’s foremost wine connoisseur’s comprehensive guide to the wines of France. Octavo, original half cloth, with 8 pages of photographs and 22 maps. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ian White who was able to see at Chat. Prieure-L that the 1980’s will be quite promising. Best wishes, Alexis Lichine. Margaux Vendauge 1980.” The recipient, Ian White, received the book during a visit to Lichine’s estate and vineyard in Maurguax, Chateau Prieure-Lichine. Lichine purchased the estate in 1951, the wine produced from its vineyards was classified as one of only ten Fourth Growths in the historic Bourdeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket photograph by Neal Slavin.

    Price: $400.00

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  • Alexis Lichine's New Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits; Inscribed by Him

    Lichine, Alexis.

    Alexis Lichine’s New Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.

    Early printing of the revised edition of this comprehensive guide to wines and spirits. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Dan Chapin best wishes Alexis Lichine on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by R. Scuddellari. In collaboration with William Fifield and with the assistance of Jonathan Bartlett, Jane Stockwood, and John Laird.

    Price: $225.00

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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 Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook; Signed by Alice Waters

    Waters, Alice.

    Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook.

    New York: Random House, 1982.

    First edition of Waters’ first book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Alice Waters on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Written in collaboration with Linda P. Guenzel. Recipes edited by Carolyn Dille. Designed and illustrated by David Lance Goines.

    Price: $400.00

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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 of this collection of writings from James Beard. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Good eating James Beard.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the spine tips. Jacket design by Earl Thollander.

    Price: $950.00

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  • First Edition of Delights and Prejudices; With a full page inscription by James Beard

    Beard, James; Illustrated by Earl Thollander.

    Delights and Prejudices.

    New York: Atheneum, 1964.

    First edition of this collection of writings from James Beard. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by James Beard with a full page inscription. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Earl Thollander.

    Price: $1,050.00

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  • "I've run less risk driving my way across country than eating my way across it": 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 of this gastronomical memoir. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Duncan Hines on the dedication page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Foreword by Roy H. Park. Uncommon signed.

    Price: $475.00

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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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  • 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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  • First Edition of Edna Lewis' In Pursuit of Taste; Signed by Her

    Lewis, Edna.

    In Pursuit of Flavor.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.

    First edition of Edna Lewis’ third book. Octavo, original glossy boards. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Edna Lewis on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Cathy Aison. Illustrated with reproductions of sketches by Louisa Jones Waller.

    Price: $750.00

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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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  • "I WILL FIRST ENDEAVOR TO GIVE SOME INFORMATION AS TO THE MANNER OF STRICTLY KEEPING A JEWISH HOUSE": Rare First Edition of The First Jewish Cookbook Printed in America

    Levy, Esther.

    Jewish Cookery Book, on Principles of Economy, Adapted for Jewish Housekeepers, with the Addition of Many Useful Medicinal Recipes, and Other Valuable Information, Relative to Housekeeping and Domestic Management.

    Philadelphia: W.S. Turner, 1871.

    Rare first edition of the first Jewish cookbook published in America, with extensive instructions on keeping a kosher household in addition to recipes. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, rebacked. First editions are exceptionally scarce of this milestone in American Jewish history.

    Price: $22,000.00

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  • First Edition of Ma Gastronomie; Inscribed by Mary Louise Point

    Point, Fernand.

    Ma Gastronomie.

    Paris: Flammarion, 1969.

    First edition of this posthumously published work by the legendary chef, who is considered to be the father of modern French cuisine. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Warmly inscribed by Mary Louise Point on the half-title page to Richard Sajbel, a Woodrow Wilson scholar who went to France in the 1960’s and returned to Palo Alto in the early 1970’s to teach cooking. Two postcards featuring the exterior and interior of La Pyramide are laid in. Address label of Richard Sajbel on front free endpaper. Introduction by Felix Benoit. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.

    Price: $975.00

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