830 W. Il Route 22, #150
Lake Zurich, IL 60047 USA
Tel/Fax (847)726-9811


Priority Mail:
Ranges from $5.60 for the first book. Rates vary by zip code. Acanthus Books is in Illinois, so customers in the western US, southern Florida, Texas, Alaska and Hawaii will experience the highest rates. (Allow 1-2 business days for order processing, plus 2-3 days transit time).

Media Mail:
$3.00 for the first book plus $.50 for each additional book. Rates do not vary by zip code. (Allow 1-2 business days for order processing, plus 5-21 days transit time).

US Postal Service Next Day Guaranteed Shipping:
Starts at $16.95 for the first book, depending on weight. Prior to shipping we will email you with costs for your approval. In some areas of the US only 2nd or 3rd day shipping is available. If the US Postal Service does not ship to your location via next day service, we will email with pricing for alternate carriers. There may be an additional fee for oversized items shipped via this method, if so we will contact you prior to shipping. PR, VI please email for pricing and details. THE APPROPRIATE SHIPPING FEE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR ORDER TOTAL AFTER RECEIPT OF YOUR ORDER BY ACANTHUS BOOKS. We do not process any charges to your credit card until we receive your confirmation. (Allow 1-2 business days for order processing, plus 1 day transit time.)

If your order consists of or includes small items such as booklets from the PPC or 17th c. Food Series, an adjustment will be made to your calculated shipping total (generally, shipping for booklets is calculated at half the standard per-item rate). Shipments to multiple addresses are more, please inquire. Orders to Illinois addresses via USPS priority mail are $5.00 flat rate per shipment, regardless of number of books ordered (Illinois residents may also select the media mail option, calculated at the standard rates). We DO NOT process any charges to your credit card until shipping occurs, if you have comments or questions about shipping fees or methods you may enter these in the "comments" box when you check out, we will email you prior to processing your order.

For continental US shipments over $100 there is no shipping fee. We ship via USPS priority mail whenever possible, however if the weight of your parcel warrants, or the ship-to address is in the western US, Texas, or southern Florida, we will ship via UPS ground service. Free shipping not available when other discounts apply (such as multiple copy purchase discount for Petits Propos Culinaires).

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: We will notify you of shipping options and associated costs. Large international shipments may be eligible for shipping discounts. Please inquire about express delivery options and pricing. THE APPROPRIATE SHIPPING FEE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR ORDER TOTAL AFTER RECEIPT OF YOUR ORDER BY ACANTHUS BOOKS. We do not process any charges to your credit card until we receive your confirmation.

SALES TAX: 7.5% sales tax will be added to shipments to Illinois addresses.

PAYMENT METHODS: Acanthus Books accepts payment by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, US$ check or US$ money order. If you wish to purchase via the website using a check or money order, Acanthus Books will confirm your order total and hold your selections pending receipt of payment.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: If you're not completely satisfied return your purchase within 30 days for a prompt exchange or refund. Return books in saleable condition securely packed in a box or shipping envelope, along with invoice, reason for return, and action you wish to take. Ship prepaid and, for your protection, insured. We're sorry we can't accept COD's. Outgoing and return shipping charges will be refunded if we made an error in your shipment; in other instances shipping charges are refunded at our discretion.

BOOK AVAILABILITY: We mail your order by the next business day whenever possible; in any case all in-stock items will be mailed within 2 business days. Occasionally some imported titles may be temporarily out of stock and take as long as 6-8 weeks to become available. We'll let you know when we expect out of stock books to arrive.

GIFTWRAP: Gift wrap is available at $1 per book. Select this option at checkout. A gift message can be added to any order at no additional fee.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount. To purchase a gift certificate click on the "gift certificate" button on the menu bar at the left of your screen.

GIFT REGISTRY: Create your very own gift registry for weddings, birthdays, holidays, or any occasion. Select from any item on the Acanthus Books website. Friends and family can purchase the items online, directly from your registry. To set up your gift registry click on the "gift registry" button on the menu bar at the left of your screen.

WHAT'S AN "ACANTHUS"?: The acanthus leaf, seen on the Acanthus Books logo, symbolizes rebirth & renewal. It has been used as a decorative motif since antiquity. More recently, renowned 19th century English designer, artist, author & publisher William Morris used the acanthus leaf pattern liberally, forever linking it with the Victorian era.

ABOUT ACANTHUS BOOKS: Acanthus Books was established in 1994 by Amanda Ferris Anderson, a history enthusiast and amateur cook & gardener. Amanda lives in suburban Chicago and is grateful for the love and support of her husband and children.