I spent Saturday and Sunday up in Portland, Maine. Besides having some really fantastic food (Po’ Boys & Pickles has some of the best pulled pork outside of the South and Local 188’s brunch kicked ass), Portland has some really nice book stores.
I visited Rabelais on Middle Street, which is dedicated to books on food & drink. Paradise! I was eager to see what they had in the way of books on pasta. As I’ve mentioned before, there seems to be scant information on pasta making. I ended up buying two books with some chapters on making various shapes and types of pasta: Bugialli on Pasta by Giuliano Bugialli and The Splendid Table by Lynne Rosetto Kasper. I spent some time yesterday afternoon reading through some of it and there’s lots of great information.
While trying to find Longfellow Books on Monument Way, I ended up in Cunningham Books in Monument Square. The owner says this happens often. I also stumbled into a used book store on Congress street, but can’t remember the name! All I know is that there’s a giant bigfoot model to the right when you walk into the place. [Editor: Mr. Bookdwarf says that the place is Green Hand Books. Thanks!]
I can’t wait to get back up to Portland, both to eat and to find more books!
It’s Green Hand Books: http://greenhandbooks.blogspot.com/
Also the home of the Cryptozoology museum, which explains the bigfoot: http://www.cryptozoologymuseum.com/
Sounds like you had a great time. One of my favorite things to do when I visit a city is to peruse its local bookstores.