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California Pioneers [Paperback]

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Item description for California Pioneers by Elizabeth Cox...

Dozens of entertaining and informative short stories and articles about pioneer history and culture of California--1800 to 1920.

Over 40 fascinating antique recipes with insightful historical narratives written to give today's cook the opportunity to stir up the past. Recipes include: Trade Whiskey, Coffee Pot Roast, Sagamite, Pico de Gallo, Petticoat Cookies and No-Egg Shoo-Fly Pie.

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Pages   148
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 11, 2005
Publisher   McKenna Publishing Group
ISBN  1932172149  
ISBN13  9781932172140  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth Cox is the author of "Familiar Ground "and "The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love," She makes her home in Littleton, Massachusetts and teaches one semester each year at Duke University in North Carolina.

Elizabeth Cox was born in 1942.

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An Entertaining and Informative Book  May 1, 2005
"California Pioneers, Their Stories, Culture and Cuisine" is a fascinating collection of true short stories, articles on the culture of the Old West and authentic pioneering recipes that have historical narratives.

As with the author's other book "Southern California Miscellany" this book is easy to thumb through and pick and choose what you want to read. Imagine That! A history book you don't have to read in a chapter order!

The true short stories are about people and places that you probably never read about before. I know from Ms. Cox's other book that she likes to research the lesser-known stories in history, what she called in a guest speaker lecture that I saw as the popualr history about the real people, like you and me, who lead extraordinary lives because of when they lived. That pretty well sums it up. Also, she even writes about animals who had a part in history as well as women's roles, which, well, let's face it, women seem to be forgotten about in history books.

Besides the articles about culture which include topics such as language, vaqueros, clothing and such, there are pioneering recipes in this book that have historical narratives. I can barely boil water in a tea pot and I enjoyed this section as much as the others. It's amazing what you can learn from food history. I now know why the city of 29 Palms was named that. And you won't believe what pioneers in LA did with common frogs and snails! I can't cook, but I will never be without a tidbit of history to start a conversation with at the dinner table.

I learned from the promo material I received with this book that Ms. Cox is also a member of the Culinary Historians of America. So, I visited her web site: and emailed her a food trivia question I have been wondering about. I am happy to report she replied and gave me the answer!

This is the kind of book I would have liked to have had when I was in high school history class, it makes history interesting. I gave my nephew a copy and he used one of the articles called "Criminal Slang" as the topic for a report. This book has something for just about anybody: History buff, Teacher, Student, Cook...all would enjoy it.

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