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Finding Aid for the Colman Andrews papers, 1958-1996
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Colman Andrews papers
    Date (inclusive): 1958-1996
    Collection number: 1428
    Creator: Andrews, Colman.
    Extent: 27 boxes (13.5 linear ft.)1 oversize box.
    Abstract: Colman Andrews wrote Best Restaurants, Los Angeles and Southern California (with others, c. 1978), Best Restaurants Los Angeles (c. 1984) and Catalan Cuisine: Europe's Last Great Culinary Secret (1988). The collection consists of Andrews' manuscripts, correspondence, notes, published articles, printed and photocopied articles, and the typed manuscript, advance proof, and paperback edition of Catalan Cuisine: Europe's Last Great Culinary Secret in English and Catalan.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Colman Andrews, 1985, 2000.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Colman Andrews papers (Collection 1428). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230322 


    Colman Andrews grew up in Southern California and graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Philosophy in 1969. He wrote Catalan cuisine : Europe's last great culinary secret (1988), Everything on the table : plain talk about food and wine (1992), and Flavors of the Riviera (1996); he co-authored and edited Saveur cooks authentic American (1998), Saveur cooks authentic French (1999), and Saveur cooks authentic Italian (2001); he contributed to the books, Malaparte : a house like me (1999), and Setting the American table : essays for the new culture of food and wine (2001); as well as over 2500 freelance articles (1966-2004) on food, wine, and the arts. His articles have appeared in Bon Appetit, the Chicago Sun-Times, Christian science monitor, Creem, Food & wine, the Hollywood reporter, Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles press, the Los Angeles Times, the Mail on Sunday (UK), Metropolitan home, Musica jazz (Italy), Phonograph record magazine, the Radio times (UK), Travel leisure, and the Sunday Telegraph magazine (UK). Andrews has won numerous awards for his writing and was one of the first 50 recipients named in Who's Who of Cooking in America (1985).

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of the collection consists of typescripts of articles, reviews, short stories and screenplays written by Colman Andrews. Included are magazine and newspaper clippings of articles written for the Los Angeles Times, as well as many music, food and travel articles written during the 1970s and 1980s. There are biographies of jazz and rock musicians from the 1960s and 1970s and reviews of live performances. The collection contains the setting copies and drafts for Catalan cuisine (1988-1989), Listener's guide to jazz (1980), Everything on the table (1991-1992), Appetites and attitudes (no date), and Flavors of the Riviera (1996) as well as a paperback copy of Catalan cuisine (1988) and Cocina Catalan (1989) by Colman Andrews. Also included are general correspondence, correspondence between Andrews and various editors, and related business correspondence. There is a small amount of material of his writings as a child, material from his college days, and articles on the various subjects in which he collected.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series and sub-series:
    1. Collected by Colman Andrews
      • Magazine clippings
      • Magazines
    2. Correspondence
    3. Itinerary
    4. Magazines
    5. Newspaper clippings
    6. Recipes
    7. Writings by Colman Andrews
      • Articles
      • Biography
      • Book reviews
      • Books
      • Food
      • Magazine clippings
      • Music--biography
      • Music--live performance reviews
      • Music--record labels
      • Music--record reviews
      • Poetry
      • Restaurant reviews
      • Restaurant reviews--book (Best restaurants)
      • Stories/screenplays
      • Theatre review
      • Travel
      • Wine
      • Wine--magazine clippings

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Andrews, Colman--Archives.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Cookery, Spanish--Catalonian style.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.