The California-Born Diners, Burger Joints, Restaurants & Fast Food that Changed America

By George Geary

April 2021

Hardcover | $40
ISBN 978-1-945551-91-8
Ebook | $15.99
ISBN 978-1-945551-92-5

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The history and influence of some of America’s best-known California-born restaurants

A&W Root Beer. Foster’s Freeze. IHOP. Der Wienerschnitzel. See’s Candy. Jack in the Box. You name the American food icon, and chances are its roots are in California. Food historian and chef George Geary tells the remarkable stories of the early 20th-century food startups that captured America’s hearts and stomachs, from Bob’s Big Boy to McDonald’s, Winchell’s Donuts to In-N-Out, Peet’s Coffee to Taco Bell. With more than 200 historic and contemporary photos.


About the Author

George Geary is the author of many hit books, including L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants and The Cheesecake Bible. He is a cooking teacher, pastry chef, culinary travel guide, and in-demand public speaker. A California native, he lives in the Los Angeles area. Learn more at