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About this collection

The items in this digital collection have been selected from Santa Clara University’s Pinedo Family Collection, housed in the Archives & Special Collections Department. For a complete description of the physical collection, visit the Pinedo Family Collection finding aid at the Online Archive of California.


Box 1: Devotional Books, Photographs & Newspaper Clippings, 1826-1901
thumbnail image of el cocinero espanolFolder 1: Copies of El Cocinero Español, 1898
- We have digitized the first edition of Encarnaciόn Pinedo's cookbook, available by clicking the title above.









thumbnail image of the reminiscenceFolder 2: Reminiscences by E. Pinedo, 1901
- We have digitized this short memoir of colonial California life, handwritten by Encarnaciόn Pinedo and available by clicking the title above, and have added a page by page typewritten transcription for easier reading.






Folder 3: Military—Luis Peralta, 1826
Folder 4: Property—Pinedo, through the maternal line, 1865-1874
Folder 5: Property—Pinedo, Lorenzo, 1845-1857
Folder 6: Marriage certificates (reproductions), 1892
Folder 7: Newspaper page, day of President Abraham Lincoln’s death, 1865
Folder 8: “Early Days in Santa Clara” (reproduction), 1901

Box 2: Family Memorabilia, 1860-1890
Folder 1: Oficio Divino, 1865
Folder 2: Afectos y Consideraciones de Votas Sobre los Quatro Novísimos Añadidas a Los Exercicios de la Primera Semana de San Ignacio de Loyola,undated
Folder 3: Family Portraits, 1860-1908
Folder 4: Railroad Photographs, 1888-1890
Folder 5: Dick Fellows & Tiburcio Vasquez Newspaper Clippings, 1882

Encarnaciόn Pinedo 

In the early to mid-1800s, the Pinedo family was prominent in the Santa Clara Valley and its history is intertwined with that of Mission Santa Clara and the city itself. In 1839, Lorenzo Pinedo (the sole survivor of a shipwreck off Monterey) married Carmen Berreyesa. This union connected the Pinedo, Berreyesa, and Peralta , as the latter two frequently intermarried.  Lorenzo built the first private residence in Santa Clara in 1844. The house was located just outside of the Mission Santa Clara grounds on what is now the north side of Alviso Street.


Lorenzo and Carmen had two children: Dolores, born in1840, and Encarnaciόn, born in1848. The Pinedo, Berreyesa, and Peralta families were all highly influential Californio landowners, but the United States-Mexican War of 1846-1848 sharply reduced the wealth and privilege of these early families. After Lorenzo’s death in 1852, the Pinedo family was forced to beg the San Jose town government for land to build a small house.


Nonetheless, the Pinedos and their connections remained instrumental in the development of the area. In the Mission Santa Clara records, Encarnaciόn’s godfather is listed as Diego A. Forbes, more widely known as James Alexander Forbes. Forbes was a leading figure in the establishment of a preparatory school on the grounds of Mission Santa Clara, which was named Santa Clara College in 1851. This school was the precursor to the University of Santa Clara.


Encarnación was a well-known cook during her lifetime, and published the picture of Encarnacion Pinedoseminal Californian-Mexican cookbook El cocinero español in 1898. The book was written in Spanish, and featured mainly Mexican, Spanish, and Basque ingredients and recipes. This was a conscious choice; as the forward to the 2003 translation of  El cocinero español notes: “Food, as Encarnación Encarnación understood, can be a seductively delicious catalyst for social understanding, change, and even rebellious protest.” An example of the latter might be her inclusion of a recipe for a typically Anglo dish of the time, cod or ham and eggs, called “huevos hipócritas”, or “hypocrites eggs.” We are including a digitized version of the first edition of the cookbook, published in San Francisco in 1898, one of two editions of the book in the Pinedo Family Collection.


Also digitized is Encarnación’s handwritten reminiscence of the early settler days around Mission Santa Clara. Daily life is described in great detail, as are the ceremonies accompanying Church Holy Days and festivals, the relations and division of labor between the Europeans and the Indians, tales of fortunes won and lost, and stories of life and death.


For another perspective on life in the early days of the Mission, visit our Mission Santa Clara Manuscripts collection, which includes selections from Fr. Viader's Miscellany Book, a fascinating collection of short entries on many topics including kitchen management and recipes, health care, and the practical aspects of maintaining the Mission community.


Works Cited


McKevitt, Gerald. The University of Santa Clara: A History, 1851-1977. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1979.


 Pinedo, Encarnaciόn, and Dan Strehl. Encarnaciόn's Kitchen Mexican Recipes From Nineteenth-century California. Berkeley: University of California, 2003. 


Santa Clara University Archives and Special Collections and, Mission Santa Clara Baptismal Records and personal papers of Encarnaciόn Pinedo.


Latinas in history. 2008.


Wikipedia. Rancho las Uvas. 2015.


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