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On-Line Sources

(go to Local Sources)


  • Acanthus Books - Lots of good cookbooks and cooking references.
  • Foodbooks - "Serious Books for Serious Cooks."  Modern and period cookbooks and other scholarly works on food.
  • Foodwords - A used book seller specializing in cooking and food-related books.
  • Poison Pen Press - Many cookbooks, with some costume references, murder mysteries, and other things thrown in for seasoning.
  • Prospect Books - British publisher of many foodbooks.
  • Rowan Leaf Celtic Books British Cooking Page - Link to a British website.  Most of what they carry is modern, but they do have a few period cookbooks mixed in.
  • If you can't find what you're looking for at any of these merchants, try the following out-of-print book search services:
    • ABE Booksellers - They have a used book search listing over twenty-two million books.
    • Bibliofind - Note:  Bibliofind is now part of


  • Caravanserai Spice Traders - Your source for spice blends, bulk spices and more.  Bulk spices are sold in 4, 8, and 16 oz. packages.  Lots of Indian and Middle Eastern blends.
  • Francesco Sirene, Spicer - Purveyor of goods for historical cookery and living.
  • Penzeys - A reliable source for mail-order spices & spice blends, including more kinds of cinnamon than you knew existed.
  • Raven's Nest Herbals - Herbs, spices, essential oils.  Note that their website is under construction as of this writing (12/2001).
  • San Francisco Herb Company - Another company with a good spice selection.
  • Vanilla, Saffron Imports - High quality saffron for less than $36/ounce.
  • World Merchants - Spices, teas, and more.  Check out their "Medieval Spice Blends" section for Poudre Forte and Poudre Douce, blended according to recipes provided by Anne Marie Rousseau.

Other Foods

  • Glengarry Cheesemaking & Dairy Supply - This Ontario company has a wide variety of dairy and cheesemaking supplies. They seem to have a larger collection of molds and such than New England cheesemaking. They also have electric butter churns!
  • Leener's Brew Works - This is primarily a very good homebrewing site, but they have a good section on cheesemaking supplies, including cultures, rennet, cheesecloth, books, etc. There are also sections, off of the main page, for candymaking, and sausage making.
  • Maggie Beer - An Australian source for verjuice.
  • Navarro Vineyards - An American source for verjus.
  • The New England Cheesemaking Supply Company - Equipment and supplies for cheesemakers.  Check out their 30 minute Mozzarella/Ricotta kit.
  • Nicky USA, Inc. - Game and exotic meats, pates.



  • Heirloom Seeds - "Growing a Taste of Yesterday ... Today!"  Grow your own fava beans, vegetable marrow, parsnips and more.
  • Nichols Garden Nursery - Herbs and Rare Seeds.  For those lucky enough to have a kitchen garden, this is a fantastic source for herb seeds and plants.  They also have some heirloom vegetable seeds, and they even carry things like saffron crocus bulbs.  But wait, there's more!  They also carry some dried herbs, books, essential oils, "make your own" teabags, soap making supplies, teas, and brewing supplies.
  • Richters Herb Specialists - A Canadian company, but they will ship plants to the U.S.

Local Sources

(go to On-Line Sources)

Shopping the "old-fashioned" way ... most of these local markets do not have on-line shopping capability.

Barony of al-Barran (Albuquerque, NM)


Barony of Caerthe (Denver, CO)

  • Herbs & Arts (link appears to be broken?)
    • 2015 East Colfax Avenue
      Denver, CO 80206
      (303) 388-2544
    What They Have: Cubebs, Grains of Paradise, other bulk herbs and spices.  Friendly staff.

Barony of Dragonsspine (Colorado Springs, CO)


Shire of Drygestan (Santa Fe, NM)

  • Herbs, Etc.
    • 1345 Cerrillos Rd.
      Santa Fe, NM  87505-3508
      (505) 982-1265
    What They Have: Cubebs, Saunders, other bulk herbs and spices. 


  • Sam's Club
    • Various locations
      Check your local phone book for listings
    What They Have:  Bulk foods, cooking equipment.  If you do much feast cooking, the membership is well worth the price.
  • Wild Oats Markets
    • Various locations
      Check your local phone book for listings
    What They Have:  Bulk herbs and spices at reasonable prices.  Organic produce.  Large selection of cheeses.

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