California Mission Cookery Cookbook

California Mission Cookery cookbook includes the timeless dishes of the missions of California's past. Rediscover the native cuisine of California with over 250 recipes from Guajolote en Mole (Turkey in Peanut Sauce) to Spanish Chocolate Cake and many more. This is a unique cookbook for those interested in preparing historical dishes in modern times. 


Format: Paperback, pages 

Copyright: 1994 

Publisher: Border Books 

Author: Mark Preston 

ISBN: 9780962386558

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Description: Here is the first California cuisine, with classic recipes reflecting the timeless cookery of the missions and ranchos of early California. It traces the development of this cuisine, which reached its peak around the turn of the century and then faded away as California became modernized and a melting pot. The cuisine emphasizes fresh, healthy ingredients and a lot of chile peppers. 

The book enables Californians to rediscover their food heritage, but food lovers and cookbook buyers everywhere will enjoy the great recipes, which combine California ingredients with Spanish techniques and Mexican spices. 

After an introductory chapter tracing the history of California cuisine up to the turn of twentieth century, Preston presents more than 250 recipes of the era, including: 

  • Carne Asada Con Salsas Cbampifiones (Elegant Steak & Mushrooms)
  • Salmon Estilo Espanol (Salmon Monterey)
  • Tortilla Tapatia (Omelet Fandango For Four)
  • Guajolote en Mole (Turkey in Peanut Sauce)
  • Tamales a la Parral (Tamales From the Grape Arbor)
  • Pastel la Popular (Spanish Chocolate Cake)

Accompanying the text are fascinating anecdotes about life in early California, plus line drawings and historic black and white photos of turn-of-the-century California -- cooks, old Spanish kitchens, restaurants, gardens, missions, street scenes, and landscapes. 


Condition: Cover and interior pages are in very nice condition. The pages' exterior part shows a tiny faded spot. 

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