Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Women’s Guild announces the publication of its first book: The Bells Are Ringing: A Call to Table. The lushly illustrated cookbook is a fundraiser for the Mission’s preservation and is the first of its kind for any mission in California.
Many of the 160 recipes included in the book were contributed by residents of the San Juan Capistrano community. Historical sidebars, early California artwork from the Irvine Museum, and a special chapter on entertaining make this an excellent souvenir as well as traditional cookbook chapters devoted to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts.
Special recipes in the book include a recipe for pozole by the Mission’s pastor, Farther Arthur Holquin, another for cocoa fudge cookies by the Mission’s late pastor, Monsignor Paul Martin, and one for Calabacitas de la Familia Rios by Juaneno Indian descendant Jacque Nunez. There are also contributions from popular San Juan restaurants including Cedar Creek Inn, El Adobe, and Sarducci’s at the Depot.
This volunteer-produced historic cookbook invites cooks and history-lovers alike to enjoy a taste of the region and sample Mission lore. Like the legendary swallows that return each year, readers will turn time and again to this exceptional cookbook to create culinary delights reminiscent of a bygone era at Mission San Juan Capistrano.
The Bells Are Ringing (ISBN: 0-9777177-0-4; $30.00; available at Amazon.com and www.missionsjc.com) was edited, designed and manufactured by FRP in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1961, FRP has produced more than 1000 titles for individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations from coast to coast. Full support and consultation are available in the creation, production, marketing, and distribution of a cookbook. FRP is a division of Southwestern/Great American, Inc.
Stephanie Williams, FRP Senior Publicist