Arizona history, food memories, storytelling and favorite recipes come together in a hardcover, full-color book written by Historical League volunteers.

“Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona” is a 216-page colorful souvenir that is part history book, part cookbook and all Arizona. The first section has unusual histories, photos and special recipes from 24 historic Arizona venues including El Chorro Lodge, Stockyards, Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, Grand Canyon’s Harvey House Café, Bisbee’s Café Roka, Charlie Clark’s and Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden.

Readers can learn about history makers including Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who made beef jerky on the Lazy B Ranch. Arizona’s poet laureate, Alberto Rios, also shared an original story. Lattie Coor, a Phoenix native who was the 15th president of Arizona State University, revealed his recipe for tamale pie. Arizona’s official historian Marshall Trimble offered up the family recipe for Trimble’s Tasty Cowboy Beans.

The book retails for $30 and is available at the store at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave. in Tempe, or online at




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