Cookbook author Helen Evans Brown (1904–1964) was considered the foremost expert on California cuisine. Her best-known work, West Coast Cook Book, introduced the nation to the local ingredients and flavors of the Pacific coast, and was noteworthy for its pioneering use of historical detail and social commentary alongside recipes, which has since become commonplace in food writing. A close friend of James Beard, she corresponded with him for many years, and their letters were collected and published in Love and Kisses and a Halo of Truffles. They also coauthored The Complete Book of Outdoor Cookery. Brown’s other books include Chafing Dish Book and, with her husband. Philip, The Boys’ Cook Book and Breakfasts and Brunches for Every Occasion.