Needless to say being a western writer I love history. This book has lots of quotes from period biographies and journals and is a fun look at how things were done in Old California during a very gracious Spanish and Mexican period. Aww, the time of the great and gracious California ranchos and their wonderful diverse cocina's (kitchens). This book embraces and celebrates the recipes and dishes of the time before and after the gold rush. Lot's of outtakes from books and observations of the time color and sweeten this look back. Buen provecho, amigos!