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Monterey County Bookstore: Food and Wine

Guides and Cookbooks [ Return to Main Bookstore » ]



California Rancho Cooking
by Jacqueline Higuera McMahan (2003)
Encarnación's Kitchen : Mexican Recipes from Nineteenth-Century California
by Encarnación Pinedo, Dan Strehl (Editor) (2003)
Monterey's Cookin' Pisto Style: From Sicily to Monterey
by John Pisto (1994)
The Sardine Factory — An Insider's Look at the Famed Restaurant and Its Cuisine
by Bill Keenan (2000)


Part history book, part practical cookbook with 150 recipes, Jacqueline Higuera McMahan's story is authentically Californio: she is a descendant of one of California's original rancho families.


Encarnación's Kitchen was the first cookbook written by a Hispanic in the United States, and the first recording of Californio cooking. Her 300+ recipes draw on Spanish, Basque and Mexican traditions; Strehl provides history and cultural background as well as the translation.


One of Monterey's best-known restauranteurs reveals his secrets in this lively cookbook, full of anecdotal asides and tales from his travels to the sources of his dishes.


Two former bus boys (Ted Balestreri and Bert Cutino), armed with determination, creativity and culinary skill, created this knock-out luxury restaurant in a rundown section of Cannery Row back in 1968. Few recipes, but lots of insider stories.



The Food of Fisherman's Wharf: Cooking and Feasting from San Francisco to Monterey
by A. K. Crump (2005)
Signature Dishes — Wine and Food of California's Central Coast Wineries
by Tricia Volk and Mary Tartaglione (1994)
The California Artichoke Cookbook
by Mary Comfort (ed) (1998)
WineStyle Monterey County
by Chatfield, Hunting and Napolitano (2003)


Two hundred color photos of restaurants and local color highlight this guide-cum-cookbook, a real celebration of Northern California seafood and cuisine.


Written before most of Monterey County's wineries had opened their tasting rooms and achieved greater fame, this match-up of Central Coast food and wine includes several Monterey wineries.


One of a clever series of themed cookbooks cut in the shape of the starring vegetable; 21 recipes make excellent use of Monterey County's spiky speciality.


Handsome photographs and lucid yet lively text make this coffee-table book a fine souvenir of Monterey County's wine country.