Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children
Volunteers raising funds for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Award Winning Cookbook

The Palo Alto Auxiliary proudly presents Tastes, Tales and Traditions, a classic and unique cookbook created and published by our volunteer members. For more than 70 years the Auxiliary ran a successful restaurant at the Allied Arts Guild and the Cookbook celebrates that legacy with favorite recipes that span a timeless collection. All profits derived from the sale of this book are donated to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.


  • Timeless recipes from a 70+ year legacy
  • Wine suggestions from world-renowned wine consultant
  • Original artwork and photos
  • Time-tested holiday favorites
  • Hard-bound binding
  • Sections such as Teatime Favorites, Breads, Spreads & Dips, Soothing Soups, Specialty Salads, Vegetable Variations, Exemplary Extras, Encore Entrees and Sweet Sensations
  • View Historic Photos

From the Foreward

"I am honored to have the outstanding committment of Palo Alto Auxiliary's members and their many friends and supporters in the community. You help the Hospital and the children and families we serve .. with every purchase of this cookbook that will be treasured in your homes and by your families."

Harvey Cohen, M.D., Ph.D, Past Chief of Staff, Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital

National Awards

Finalist in the Cookbook Category of the 2006 USA Best Books Awards
National Winner of the 2006 Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards

Testimonials & Reviews

"My favorite cookbook in the 2006 Tabasco Award was Tastes, Tales and Traditions. It is delightful to the eye - airy and light - and the recipes are inviting. It is also filled with artwork of regional artists, which greatly adds to its attractiveness. Lighter fare has a large presence for such occasions as afternoon teas, but there are elegant company dishes too. There are a number of menus for special occasions with eye-catching recipes."
Peter Franklin, The Cookbook Nook

"This book is very professional in presentation. It is obvious that a professional designer, someone who knows color scheme, format, design and printing held the hand of this project. The format and design are rich and full of hi-resolution photos. The artwork is well placed and works well with the overall scheme of the book. The stories are witty and well told. The printing is high caliber, and the binding is well done as well."
Writers Digest

"This warm and inviting cookbook presents its readers with menus that highlight yearly events. Unique and extraordinary, it embodies the true meaning of community. The passion, hard work, and creativity on display show the lasting commitment this organization has for its rich and storied cultural and culinary traditions."
McIlhenny Company

Palo Alto Auxiliary • P.O. Box 7064 Menlo Park, CA 94026 • 650-364-2588 • Copyright 2007-2010 •