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Culinary California or California in the Kitchen
Dan Strehl, in the introduction to One Hundred Books on California Food and Wine published in 1990, wrote, "Since 1870, an estimated 4,000 books have been printed on California food and wine." Who knows how many more have been published in California in the last twenty-four years? This astonishing number fully demonstrates that California leads the nation in the culinary arts and the collections of the California State Library reflect this keen interest.
Found in the Library are hand-written menus dating from the Gold Rush, the first cookbook written by an African American not only in California but anywhere in the United States, bilingual recipe books printed in Chinese and English, compilations of favorite recipes designed to raise money for charitable causes, booklets containing war time recipes, sumptuously designed volumes written by the great chefs of the Golden State, and a movie star recipe book by "Mariposa" designed to make you as "irresistible as your favorite glamour queen."
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