Food History Bibliography


Alphabetized by Title

A History of Cookbooks: From Kitchen to Page over Seven Centuries by Henry Notaker

A History of Food in 100 Recipes by William Sitwell

A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances by Laura Schenone

American Cookery by Amelia Simmons (1796)

Butter: A Rich History by Elaine Kjosrova

Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman

Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York by Joy Santlofer

Food: The History of Taste (California Studies in Food and Culture) by Paul Freeman

From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cook and Meals by Barbara Haber

Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

How to Cook A Wolf by MFK Fisher

Hungering for America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways by Hasia R. Diner

Imbibe! Updated and Revised Edition: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar by David Wondwrich

Miriam’s Kitchen: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ehrlich

Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit by Mort Rosenblum

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert by Michael Krondl 2011

Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America by Gustavo Arellano

Ten Restaurants that Changed America by Paul Freeman

The American History Cookbook by Mark H. Zanger

The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food from the lost WPA files edited by Mark Kurlansky

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer Lee

The Road to Wellville (fiction) by T. C. Boyle

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food that tells their Stories by Laura Shapiro

Why Did The Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization by Andrew Lawler

Central Coast Cookbooks

Alphabetized by Last Name of Author

The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook by Kendra Aronson

The New Wine Country Cookbook: Recipes from California’s Central Coast by Brigit Binns

The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch

Martha’s Vineyard; Isle of Dreams by Susan Branch

Central Coast Farmers Market Soups. Recipes by Stephanie Burchiel, photography by Sam Peck

The Cambria Cook Book by the Cambria Fishing Club

Hearst Castle Fare: Featuring Recipes served in Hearst Castle, plus photos of early castle days by Marjorie Collord

Men in Cambria Cook by Victoria Krassensky

Eat Less Water by Central Coast Water Activist Florencia Ramirez

The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook by Amelia Saltsman

Signature Dishes: Wine and Food of California’s Central Coast by Tricia Volk and Mary Tartaglione

Our California Table, Celebrating the Seasons with the Talley Family

Culinary Blogs

Four Pounds Flour by Sarah Lohman
Food by Amelia Saltsman


Gravy by Souhern Foodways Alliance

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California Cookbooks

Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness (California Studies in Food and Culture) by Joyce Goldstein. Buy on Amazon.
The California Heritage Cookbook by the Junior League of Pasadena. Buy on Amazon.
Gjelina, Cooking from Venice California by Travis Lett, Michael Graydon. Buy on Amazon.
The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookery Book (California Studies in Food and Culture). The Eminent Maestro Martino of Como. Buy on Amazon.
Best of the Best from California, Selected Recipes from California’s Favorite by Gwen McKee. Buy on Amazon.
Chez Panisse Café Cookbook by Alice L. Waters. Buy on Amazon.
Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice L. Waters. Buy on Amazon.
Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters. Buy on Amazon.
The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lesson, Recipes from a Delicious Revolution by Alice Waters. Buy on Amazon.
The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, Inspiration from a New Kitchen by Alice L. Waters. Buy on Amazon.
The Grand Central Market Cookbook: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles by Adele Yellin. Buy on Amazon.