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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Williams and Moore's National Receipt Book for 1878.
From William and Moore's National Receipt Book an ad for H. H. H. Horse Medicine to cure corns, colic and scalds.
The Spanish Cook: a selection of recipes from the Enarmación Pinedo's El Cocinero Español.
What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Old Southern Cooking was written by Abby Fisher.
Title page from What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Old Southern Cooking.
Two of Mrs. Fisher's recipes: Maryland Beat Biscuit and Egg Rolls.
The Sacramento Ladies' Kitchen Companion. 'Rove all things, and hold fast to that which is good.' M.S. Crocker & Co., Steam Printers and Stationers published this book in 1872.
Several recipes for bread and cakes from the Sacramento Ladies' Kitchen Companion.
The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book by Victor Hirtzler, published in 1919 is considered an American classic.
Victor Hirtzler served as the chef of the Hotel St. Francis at the hotel from 1904, when it opened, until 1926.
One Hundred and one Mexican dishes by May E, Southworth, 1906.
Title page from One Hundred & One Mexican Dishes
Cocktail Boothby's American Bartender, 1891.
The title page to Cocktail Boothby's American Bartender.
Wm. T (Cocktail) Boothby's Ten Commandments.
The cover of Chong Jan & Co's Chinese Cook Book: A High Class Cook Book in English and Chinese, 1916.
Each recipe in the Chinese Cook Book were written both in Chinese and English.
The Peerless Receipt Book was compiled by B. F. Barton & Co. in San Francisco, 1870.
The Cook Book of the Stars was published in 1942.
Recipes with Raisins, 1923.