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December 7, 2005

Since 1932, the Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children has successfully operated the all-volunteer Allied Arts Guild Restaurant in Menlo Park, California to benefit the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center. With the publication of their first cookbook, the generations of women and men with treasured memories of teas and luncheons can prepare these heritage recipes at home for their own special occasions. Tastes, Tales and Traditions includes 180 recipes from more than seventy years of Auxiliary’s providing elegant luncheons and teas in beautiful, serene surroundings.

Tastes, Tales and Traditions is a legacy to the hundreds of dedicated volunteer members of the Palo Alto Auxiliary. The book invites readers down the path of beautiful gardens, to view the historic Spanish art and marvel at century-old architectural features. The cookbook features a history of the restaurant, photographs of the dining areas, which includes the murals of Maxine Albro, who studied with Diego Rivera. Other paintings featured are by en plein air landscape painter Carolyn Hoftstetter.

Menus and recipes from the restaurant’s most popular annual events are included, with dozens of tried-and-true extras to boot. Served to more than 200 guests each day it is offered, the Holiday Luncheon highlights the Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Walnut Curry Stuffing, the restaurant’s Signature Rolls, and the seasonal Chocolate Chip Rum Torte with Eggnog Sauce. Two seatings of the Valentine’s Day Tea provide a sampling of sweet and savory delicacies, from Parmesan Twists to Chocolate Mint Bars. Bunny Days features two menus—one for adults and another for children—with recipes selected over the years to please both groups and please the palate and the eye with this rite of spring. Four additional menus and their recipes are included.

Tastes, Tales and Traditions was edited, designed, and manufactured by FRP in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1961, FRP has produced more than 800 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.

Presented by the Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children
Benefiting Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital
ISBN: 0-9766338-0-9
192 pages
$30.00 (tax included)

For review copies, call toll-free 866-569-6925 or email To order, call (650) 324-2588

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