Best of The Best from California

Best of the Best from California

Selected Recipes from California's Favorite Cookbooks

By: Gwen McKee

Cookbook Features:

  • More than 500 of California's most popular recipes
  • From more than 100 of the leading local cookbooks
  • 7-Color Cuisine Theme included

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Best of the Best from California

By: Gwen McKee


For hundreds of years people have flocked to California in search of fame and fortune. From the gold rush trails to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, farms and vineyards to Silicon Valley, California cooking is truly a melting pot of flavors. Best of the Best from California preserves the unique taste of California's food heritage with over 500 favorite recipes from more than 100 of the Golden State's most outstanding cookbooks.

There are many recipes that originated in California, like Cobb Salad, Cioppino, Crab Louis, fish tacos, date shakes, sourdough bread. Plus dishes from countries all over the world... from sushi to souvlaki... that bring their own spices and methods to the California table. Set your taste buds to enjoy fresher, lighter, healthier, prettier, more delectable cuisine than ever before. 'Fisherman's Wharf Garlic Prawns, Pebble Beach Pineapple Pizza, Espresso Pecan Fudge Pie, and many more. There are also fascinating and informative facts about the state, plus a convenient cross-referenced index. The catalog of contributing cookbooks is a cookbook lover's dream.

From the slow cooking of the Gold Rush Days to faster-paced meals of the computer age, California cuisine has always been something to write home about... and still is. From designer to down-home, here is what the Best of the Best from California has to offer.

Best of the Best from California is one of fifty volumes in Quail Ridge Press' acclaimed Best of the Best State Cookbook Series continuing the tradition of Preserving America's Food Heritage.


Reviews

"Excellent book! Recipes in many cases are unusual and exceptionally tasty. Friends had this book and had made one of the Cheesecakes. I could have eaten the whole thing. I was happy to share and the hostess was generous enough to give me the name of the book" --M. Rogers


"I enjoyed reading his one - it has some recipes I am tempted to try when company comes over.. And I always enjoy the author's comments about the state" --Laura C.

Includes the 7-Color Cuisine Theme








About the Author


Gwen McKee is a publisher with a mission. As the co-founder (with her husband, Barney) and the editor-in-chief of Quail Ridge Press, she has dedicated the past two decades to preserving America's food heritage. Through Quail Ridge Press, Gwen has now accomplished much of this task by creating the 50-volume Best of the Best State Cookbook Series that includes over 20,000 classic recipes. Today Quail Ridge Press is one of the most successful regional publishers, and certainly one of the most thriving publishing houses owned by a woman.

Gwen's interest in preserving "real" American food came naturally. Like most native Southerners, she was influenced by a family immersed in the traditions of Southern cooking and entertaining. Over a period of many years, Gwen collected recipes that were handed down through her family for traditional holidays and reunions.

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Recipe Included with this Cookbook:


  • Guacamole (Avocado Dip)
  • Guacamole with Tomatoes
  • Guacamole with Green Chile Peppers
  • Patricia Rain's Fried Artichokes
  • Artichoke Cheese Dip
  • Shrimp Stuffed Artichokes
  • Artichoke Dip
  • Stuffed, Baked Eggplant Bundles
  • Eggplant Rolls with Roasted Peppers
  • Eggplant Dip
  • Bagna Cauda
  • Red Pepper Pesto with Crostini
  • Roasted Red Pepper and Herbed Goat Cheese Rolls
  • Hot Chile Spinach Dip in a Bread Round
  • Spinach/Cheese Frittata
  • Florentine Spinach Tart
  • Caramelized Onion Tart
  • Valentine Reserve Stuffed Snow Peas
  • 7 Layer Dip
  • Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
  • Cucumber Mint Salsa
  • Award Winning Crostini Di Paolo
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Chiles Rellenos
  • Brie and Mango Quesadillas
  • Herbed Quesadillas
  • Stardust Pesto Cheesecake
  • Aspara-Kopitas
  • Tiropetes
  • Mushrooms and Olives in Filo
  • 2 Putt Pita Chips
  • Thai Minced Chicken in Lettuce Leaves
  • Country French Wrap
  • Cheese Puffs Filled with Chipped Beef
  • Prosciutto Pinwheels
  • Grilled Porabello over Polenta
  • Cocktail Meatballs
  • Linda's Salmon Party Log
  • Ceviche
  • La Jolla Salmon with Capers and Green Onions
  • Fresh Baked Oysters with Spinach and Fresh Herbs
  • Chili Cheese Shrimp
  • Crabmeat Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Sticky Chicken
  • Mahogany Chicken Wings
  • Pacific Rim Rumaki
  • Beer Cheese Spread
  • Caponata
  • Tapenade
  • Hummus
  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Cranberry Chutney Spread
  • Shrimp Mousse
  • Mini Quichettes
  • Bleu Cheese Souffle
  • Curry Mayonnaise
  • Pinons, Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cafe Mocha
  • Date Shake
  • Vodka Slush Summer Drink
  • Spicy Bloody Marys
  • Breakfast Scones
  • Biscuits Supreme
  • Garlic Potato Bread
  • Linda's Cornbread
  • Tom's Original Sourdough Bread
  • Sourdough Pancakes
  • Crusty Water Rolls
  • Seed Bread
  • Garlic Clove Bread
  • Skillet Sun Dried Tomato and Cheddar Bread
  • Breakfast Bundt Cake
  • Aunt Pam's Monkey Bread
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Mendocino Streusel Coffeecake
  • Pineapple Zucchini Bread
  • Cranberry Banana Bread
  • Banana Nut Mini Chocolate Chip Bread
  • Peanut Butter Bread
  • Carmen Kozlowski's Raspberry Bread
  • Cran-Apple Spice Muffins
  • Raspberry Muffins
  • Cherry Pink Affairs
  • Banana Pumpkin Muffins
  • Alegra's Six Week Muffins
  • Bran Muffins
  • Grebbles (German Donuts)
  • Apple Nut Hot Cakes
  • Cottage Pancakes
  • Sweet Potato and Pecan Waffles with Cranberry Butter
  • Berry Stuffed French Toast-San Francisco Style
  • French Toast Souffle
  • Breakfast Casserole
  • English Muffin Breakfast Casserole
  • Festive Egg Squares
  • San Francisco Style Eggs Benedict
  • Mexican Breakfast Bake
  • Frittata with Dijon Hollandaise Sauce
  • Kitchen Garden Bread
  • Lasagna Bread
  • Bruschetta "The Original Garlic Bread"
  • Mahoney's Bruschetta
  • Annie's House Sandwich
  • Apricot Pepper Jelly
  • Arlene's Spicy Baked Pears with Yogurt
  • Apple Butter
  • Chilled Avocado Soup
  • Chilled Zucchini Bisque
  • Strawberry Soup
  • Cucumber Soup
  • French Onion Soup
  • Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Carrot Soup with Sorrel Sauce
  • Pumpkin Soup with Bleu Cheese Cream and Chives
  • Lentil Soup
  • Easy Split Pea Soup
  • Split Pea and Yam Soup
  • Creamy Garlic Spinach Soup with Garlic Croutons
  • Bean, Barley and Mushroom Soup
  • Garlic Soup
  • Garlic Mushroom Soup
  • Peanut Butter Carrot Soup
  • Hangover Soup
  • Crab and Rice Chowder
  • Cioppino
  • Camping Chowder
  • Winter's Day Clam Chowder
  • Baked Ripe Olive Minestrone
  • Super Taco Soup
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Pizza Soup
  • Vegetable Chili
  • Garden Chili
  • Red, White, and Black Chili
  • White Chili
  • Bud's Famous Three Bean Chili Con Carne
  • Thai Spicy Prawn Soup
  • Cauliflower Soup
  • Classic Avocado Salad
  • Guacamole Salad
  • Marinated Artichokes
  • Artichoke Salad
  • Imam Bayeldi
  • Spring Asparagus Salad
  • Broccoli Salad
  • Paula's Broccoli Salad
  • Pea Salad
  • 24 Hour Salad
  • Fresh Cucumber Salad
  • Gorgonzola Salad
  • Curried Spinach Salad
  • Spinach Salad
  • Spanish Salad with Oranges and Black Olives
  • Vicious Garlic Salad
  • Taco Tabbouleh
  • Baja Salad
  • California Caesar Salad
  • Southwestern Rice and Bean Salad
  • Appaloosa Wagon Wheels
  • Cobb Salad
  • Picnic Salad
  • Double Noodle Salad
  • Chinese Chicken Salad
  • Springtime Chicken or Shrimp Salad
  • Paul and Phil's Chicken Salad
  • "Please Make That for the Bowl" Salad
  • Seared Salmon Medallions with Orange Ginger Salsa
  • Marti's Seafood Salad
  • Crab Louis
  • Shrimp Mold
  • Shrimp Potato Salad
  • Bacon and Chive Potato Salad
  • Fruited Wild Rice Salad
  • Spinach Apple Salad
  • Pecan and Roquefort Salad
  • Orange, Kiwi, and Jicama Salad with Lime Dressing
  • Curried Banana Salad
  • Heavenly Orange Fluff
  • Ruby Red Salad
  • Cottage Cheese and Jell-O Salad
  • Grandma's House Emerald Salad
  • Cranberry Pineapple Salad
  • Glen Ellen Fire and Ice Salad
  • Arugula, Prosciutto and Pear Salad
  • Northwest Roquefort Apple Slaw
  • Pancetta-Wrapped Onions with Greens
  • Marinated Tomatoes
  • Lemon Ginger Dressing
  • Balsamic Mustard Dressing
  • Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise
  • Spinach Frittata
  • Krasnopolski
  • Grandma Doyne's Spinach Parmesan
  • Fried Cabbage
  • Green Beans with Garlic
  • Onion Pie
  • Roasted Onions in Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cheese-Stuffed Eggplant
  • Mexican Eggplant
  • Garlic Swiss Chard
  • Turnip Puff Casserole
  • Baked Cheese Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower and Leek Saute
  • Sake Sesame Broccoli
  • Broccoli Cheese Pie
  • Soy-Oat Patties with Tomato Sauce
  • Paprika Oven Roasted Potatoes
  • Patate Al Forno
  • Wild Mushroom Potato Lasasgna
  • Roasted Red Potatoes with Garlic and Thyme
  • Cheesed Potatoes in Foil
  • Potato Latkes
  • Pisto's Mushroom Potatoes
  • Creamy Beet and Potato Gratin
  • Potato and Asparagus Frittata
  • Golden Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Souffle
  • Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  • Fresh Corn Pudding
  • Divine Corn Casserole
  • Sweet 'n' Sour Baked Beans
  • Baked Beans Extraordinaire
  • Bonanza Baked Beans
  • Zucchini Pie
  • Crisp Zucchini Pancakes
  • Savory Split Pea Pancakes
  • Tofu Stroganoff
  • Cheesy Garden Casserole
  • The Mess
  • Chile Sauce
  • Salsa Brava
  • Apple Cranberry Relish
  • Baked Pineapple
  • Marinated Beets
  • Corn-Raisin Chutney
  • California Rice
  • Spinach Wild Rice Casserole
  • Mexican Rice
  • Green Rice (Arroz Verde)
  • Sausage Rice Casserole
  • Pine Nut and Orange Wild Rice
  • Rice Pancakes
  • Mexicorn Casserole
  • Overnight Macaroni Bake
  • Risotto in Puff Pastry with Fresh Porcini Mushrooms
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes and Artichoke Pasta
  • Pasta with Artichokes
  • Pappardelle with Carmelized Onions, Pancetta and Arugula
  • Tricolor Fusilli with Wild Mushrooms
  • Penne Pasta with Roasted Asparagus
  • Penne Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms
  • Toasted Pasta
  • Pasta with Lemon Chicken
  • California Prunes and Mustard
  • Chicken Fettucine
  • Fettucine Gloriosa
  • Pasta Capri-A Domenico's Original
  • Clam Sauce with Pasta
  • Fettucine with Chicken and Mushrooms
  • Fettuccine with Walnuts and California Avocado
  • Shrimp and Scallop Fettucine
  • Chile Relleno Casserole
  • Enchilada Casserole
  • Green and White Lasagna Bundles
  • Chicken Lasagna
  • Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Mexican Lasagna
  • California Pizza
  • Margarita Pizza
  • Pebble Beach Pineapple Pizza
  • Garlic Spring Rolls with Garlicky Lime Sauce
  • Spinach Mushroom Pesto Quiche
  • Marie's Famous Crab Quiche
  • Polenta De Moya
  • The Unburger
  • Noodle Pudding Souffle
  • Filet Mignon in Mushroom Sauce
  • Grilled Filet Mignon with Cognac Cream Sauce
  • Beef Filets in Flaky Pastry
  • Bohemian Tri Tip
  • California Trip Tip
  • Western Beef Saute
  • Vietnamese Marinade
  • Marinated Beef on a Stick
  • Souvlaki
  • Sandbagger Steak
  • Beef and Chicken Brochette
  • Santa Barbara Shish Kabobs
  • Beef Stew Burgundy
  • Flank Steak, California Style
  • Steak Sandwich with Avocado Salsa and Roasted Peppers
  • Holiday Brisket
  • Bar B Que Brisket
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Lemon Grass Beef
  • Beef in Walnut Sauce
  • Boneless Stuffed Veal Breast
  • Veal Marsala
  • Italian Pot Roast
  • Russian Hill Beef Stroganoff
  • Mexican Style Beef Stroganoff
  • Lasagna in a Bun
  • Easy Enchilada Pie
  • Better Than Steak
  • Cabbage Rolls
  • Alice's Stuffed Rolls
  • Tunnels of Spuds Meatloaf
  • Hungry Boy Cheeseburgers
  • Mom's Tamale Pie
  • Picante Chili
  • Hot Lamb Satay with Mint and Garlic
  • Lamb Loin with Pesto Mint Sauce
  • Slow Cooked Pork with Wine Sauce
  • Dito's Canitas
  • Pork Roast with Sausage and Spinach Stuffing
  • Pork Loin Roast with Date Glaze
  • Pork Mediterranean
  • Marinated Pork Tenderloin
  • Pot Roasted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Fruits
  • Orange-Garlic Pork Chops
  • Charlotte's Mapled Pork Chops
  • Rosie's Terribly Spicy Ribs
  • Barbecued Spareribs
  • Tropic Sun Spareribs
  • Forgotten Short Ribs
  • Lime Grilled Chicken Breast with Cranberry Salsa
  • Chicken Opulent
  • Honey, This Is Chicken
  • Jamaican Chicken
  • Dijon Grilled Chicken Cutlets
  • Forty Clove Chicken Filice
  • Chicken Breast Dijonaise
  • Sour Cream Chicken
  • Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
  • Chicken Quesadilla with Avocado and Cilantro Salsa
  • Unfried Mexican Chicken
  • Chicken South of the Border
  • Sonora Style Chicken
  • Chip Shot Chicken
  • Fabulous Chicken Cacciatore
  • Chicken Breasts with Lobster, Mushroom and Wine Sauce on Vermicelli
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Coconut Orange Chicken in a Crock
  • Wild Rice and Chicken
  • Chicken and Tarragon Stuffed Artichokes
  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Hot Chicken Salad Casserole
  • Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Rosemary
  • One Pot Italian Chicken
  • Chicken Curry Pot Pie
  • Chicken Bread Pudding
  • Broccoli and Chicken Casserole
  • Broccoli Turkey Casserole
  • Scallopini
  • Under the Skin Turkey
  • Brandied Cornish Hens
  • Apple Walnut Stuffing
  • Chicken Casserole Amandine
  • Chicken Bundles
  • Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce
  • Hazelnut Crusted Salmon with Spicy Peach Sauce
  • Fresh Salmon Cakes with Spicy Lemon/Mustard Sauce
  • Swordfish in Lemon Ginger Marinade
  • Rex Sole in Saffron and Tomato Sauce
  • Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Chutney
  • Trout with Almonds
  • Pan Fried Fish Parmesana
  • Seared Tuna with Potatoes and Blackberry Sauce
  • Fish Marinade
  • Fried Whole Trout with Shiitakes
  • Baked Red Snapper in an Orange Citrus Sauce
  • Grilled Snapper with Beurre Blanc Sauce
  • Fisherman's Wharf Garlic Prawns
  • Shrimp with Orzo and Broccoli
  • Shrimp with Feta Cheese
  • Deviled Egg and Shrimp Casserole
  • Garlic Shrimp
  • Easy Shrimp Creole
  • Shrimp and Scallop Linguine in Coriander Cream
  • Sizzling Garlic and Citrus Shrimp
  • Sea Scallops with Orange Tarragon Cream Sauce
  • Classic Fresh Crab
  • Cracked Crab
  • Crab Cakes
  • Santa Barbara Crab Enchiladas
  • Deviled Dungeness Crab
  • Crab Taco
  • Calamari Au Gratin
  • Calamari, Festival Style
  • Cold Avocado Seafood Quiche
  • Baja Fish Tacos
  • Apple Cake
  • Fresh Apple Bundt Cake
  • Delicious Red Raspberry Cake
  • Cranberry Swirl Cake
  • Honey Cake (Lekach)
  • Easy Kahlua Cake
  • Almond Buttercream Cake
  • Mocha Nut Torte
  • Easy Almond Rum Cake
  • Five Flavor Pound Cake
  • Buttermilk Spice Cake
  • Lemon Pudding Cake
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Brownie Sheet Cake
  • Drunken Chocolate Pecan Cake
  • Milky Way Cake
  • Banana Split Cake
  • Nut and Fruit Cake
  • Fruit Cocktail Cake
  • Penguin Cake
  • Very Easy Trifle
  • Black Forest Cheese Cake
  • Italian Swirl Cheesecake
  • Prize Winning Cheesecake
  • Fantasy Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Creamy Cheesecake
  • Butterscotch Cheesecake
  • Hollywood Black Mint Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon Sour Cream Topping
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
  • Creamy Baked Cheesecake
  • Almond Cookies
  • Almond Frosties
  • Arrowroot Lemon Cookies
  • Oatmeal Nutmeg Cookies
  • Candy Counter Cookies
  • Forgotten Cookies
  • Cornflake Macaroons
  • Mt. Shasta Pecan Cookies
  • Tropical Fruit Cookies
  • Potato Chip Crisps
  • Praline Strips
  • Cranberry Almond Biscotti
  • Four Star Rugelach
  • Coconut Lime Bars
  • Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Bars
  • Break Your Diet Bars
  • Toffee Butter Bars
  • Lemon Glazed Persimmon Bars
  • Fresno Apricot Bars
  • Mincemeat Bars
  • Lemon Cheesecake Bars
  • Raspberry Fudge Brownies
  • Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
  • Fudge Squares
  • Rocky Road Bars
  • Hawaiian Caramac Brownie Wedges
  • White Chocolate Peanut Brittle
  • Almond Roca
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Creamy Nuts
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Peanut Butter Balls
  • Fleur de Ly's Chocolate Truffles
  • My Best Apple Pie
  • Apple Custard Pie
  • Sue's Apple Pie
  • Etna's Apple Cobbler
  • Walnut Apple Crisp
  • Grandma's House Walnut Pie
  • Walnut Orange Tart
  • Mocha Polka Walnut Torte
  • Cranberry Walnut Pie
  • Ruth's Yam Peach Pie
  • Spiced Pear and Razzleberry Crisp
  • Apricot Crisp
  • Lemon Pie Deluxe
  • Lemon Cream
  • Lemon Blueberry Cream Pie
  • Raspberry Sherry Trifle
  • Easy Layered Dessert
  • Cinnamon Plum Tart
  • Winter Fruit Crumble
  • Fresh Fruit Tart
  • Fried Cream
  • Italian Frangelico Pie
  • Espresso Pecan Fudge Pie
  • Ghirardelli Gay Nineties Silk Pie
  • Hershey's Kiss Pie
  • Warm Chocolate Brownie Cups
  • Chocolate Peppermint Torte
  • Fudge Pudding
  • Tiramisu
  • Bread Pudding with Chocolate Chips
  • Grand Marnier Bread Pudding
  • Grandma's Bread Pudding
  • Fluffy Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
  • Great Putt Peanut Butter Pie
  • Ten Dollar Banana Split
  • Papaya Coffee Ice Cream Flambee
  • Danish Cherry Wine Sundae
  • Apricot or Cherry Noodle Pudding
  • Wine Cranberry Mousse
  • Fresno Pudding
  • Fresh Peach Sauce
  • Toasted Walnut Tart with Wild Blackberry Sauce and Creme Fraiche
  • Rebecca Sauce
  • Grand Marnier Sauce
  • Sauteed Bananas
  • Avocado Sorbet
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