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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  • "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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  • "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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  • 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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  • "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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  • "Part of life is to live it, and enjoy it, and seize the moments that you find particularly pleasing": First Edition of Robert M. Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide; Inscribed by Him

    Parker, Jr., Robert M.

    Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide.

    New York : Simon & Schuster, 1987.

    First edition of this early Parker title. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Robert M. Parker in the year of publication on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $275.00

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  • First Edition of Port: From the Vine to the Glass; Inscribed by Geoffrey M. Tait

    Tait, Geoffrey M.

    Port: From the Vine to the Glass.

    London: Harper & Co, 1935.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper. In very good condition with a light circular stain on the front panel.

    Price: $125.00

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  • "The Finest Writer on Food"; First Edition of the Author’s First Book, Serve It Forth; Signed by M.F.K. Fisher

    Fisher, M.F.K.

    Serve It Forth.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1937.

    First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper "with good wishes M.F.K. Fisher." Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a few small closed tears and overall wear. Scarce in this condition and signed.

    Price: $3,500.00

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  • First Edition of the Richard Olney’s Classic Work Simple French Food; Signed by Him

    Olney, Richard; Foreword by James Beard.

    Simple French Food.

    New York: Atheneum, 1974.

    First edition of the culinary genius’ masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed “Best wishes Richard Olney” on the half title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a tiny closed tear to the rear panel. Rare signed.

    Price: $975.00

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  • "FLAVOR, IN ITALIAN DISHES, BUILDS UP FROM THE BOTTOM": SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF MARCELLA HAZAN’S FIRST BOOK

    Hazan, Marcella.

    The Classic Italian Cookbook: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973.

    First edition of the author’s classic first work. Small folio, original boards. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed the author on the title page, "Best Wishes Marcella Hazan.”

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • First Edition of The Fireside Cookbook; Signed by James Beard

    Beard, James.

    The Fireside Cook Book: A Complete Guide to Fine Cooking.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1949.

    First edition of this early James Beard classic. Quarto, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed “Good Eating James Beard” on the half-title page. A very bright example.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients": First Edition of The French Chef Cookbook; Signed by Famed Chef Julia Child

    Child, Julia.

    The French Chef Cookbook.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968.

    First edition of Julia Child’s second book. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the author on the title page, “Bon Appetit! Julia Child.” Fine in a near dust jacket with a few small a closed tear to the rear.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • "Our mighty weapon, the cooking spoon" First Edition of The Joy of Cooking; Signed by Irma Rombauer

    Rombauer, Irma S.

    The Joy of Cooking.

    Indianapolis/ New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1936.

    First edition of Bobbs-Merrill Company, published after the 1931 edition. After searching for a publisher and being rejected many times over, the Bobbs-Merrill Company published an expanded edition on May 1, 1936. Octavo, original cloth. Signed “Cordially yours Irma S. Rombauer” on the front free endpaper. In very good condition with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a cloth clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • Irma Rombauer's The Joy of Cooking; Lengthily Inscribed by Her

    Rombauer, Irma S.

    The Joy of Cooking.

    Indianapolis/ New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1936.

    First edition of the 1953 edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Marilyn Lord- with the best of wishes from Irma, (and from hers most cordially.) Irma S. Rombauer.” An excellent example with some wear to the cloth, recipe notes in pencil to the final three pages in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears.

    Price: $1,200.00

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