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December 14, 2006

The Arizona Historical Society is the state’s oldest cultural organization, established by legislative act in 1864. Since the early 1880’s, Society members have collected documents and objects that serve as significant indicators of the times from which they originate. The new cookbook from the Society features their historic collections in regional recipes and tales from the state’s past. Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona blends members’ love of history and foodways with the museum’s mission and focuses on a selection of Arizona’s historic properties of hospitality.

Chapters recognize the dedication of members, supporters, and individuals important to Arizona history. The “Historymakers” chapter includes family recipes of 44 people and groups recognized by the League for their distinguished achievements in the arts, sports, communications, community service, education, and entertainment who have maintained their ties to Arizona. Try two-term Phoenix Mayor’s favorite Green Corn Tamales (p.128), late Congressman John J. Rhodes, Jr.’s Arizona Date Cake (p. 140), or humorist Erma Bombeck’s Tortilla Soup (p.141). There is also a chapter devoted to members’ recipes as served at monthly luncheon meetings that demonstrates the multicultural influences on the state’s cuisine.

Proceeds from the sale of Tastes & Treasures support the educational effort of the Arizona Historical League Society at Papago Park in Tempe, Arizona. For more information on special events and activities, or to purchase copies of the book, please visit

Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona (ISBN: 0-9768363-0-0; $24.95) 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.

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