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. In his first volume Made in California George Geary shared their stories, where were the original buildings, what made them famous and what happened to them.


In Made in California Volume 2, George continues to tell the remarkable stories of the early 20th-century food startups that captured America’s hearts and stomachs and delves into the rich tapestry of cultural influences that have propelled California restaurants and diners onto the national stage.


Focusing on the years 1951 to 2010, Made in California 2 highlights fifty more food startups. Some of the restaurants and food chains covered in the book that began in California include:

  • Ruby’s Diner
  • Panda Express
  • Claim Jumper Restaurant and Saloon
  • Famous Amos Cookies
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Noah’s New York Bagels
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels
  • Pinkberry
  • and many, many more

Brimming with captivating historical detail and more than 200 photos, George latest journey into California’s culinary history is sure to awaken every reader’s inner foodie.


George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, George is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was awarded as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs.


Celebrating thirty years sharing food, tips and advice on morning television, George served as a casting judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar, and many other popular television food shows. He has been a culinary contest judge for such major food manufacturers as Canola Producers, Veg-All, Hormel Foods, the Hershey Company, Knott’s Berry Farm Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Fleischmann’s Yeast, the San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, and many more. From 1982 to 2010, George was the culinary coordinator of the Los Angeles County Fair. He was also a popular guest chef on board the Holland America Line’s ships, sailing to over 118 countries and every continent.


George is the author of L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State & County Fairs, as well as eleven cookbooks including The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 500 Best Sauces, Salad Dressings, Marinades & More.  He is a frequent guest on national and local television and lives in the Greater Los Angeles area. For more information visit his website,