ArtBites is a video series of small “bites” with educator and cook, Maite Gomez-Rejón, exploring the nexus between culinary history and The Huntington’s collections.

The Huntington's Avocado Groves and an Avocado Coconut Sorbet

Maite Gomez-Rejón with avocado coconut sorbet

Inspired by The Huntington’s historic avocado groves, Maite Gomez-Rejón shares some culinary history and a delicious recipe for avocado coconut sorbet.


The Story of Citrus Meets a Kumquat Paloma

Maite Gomez-Rejón with kumquat paloma

Maite Gomez-Rejón explores the culinary history of citrus and The Huntington's historic orange groves, and provides a recipe for a Kumquat Paloma.


A Victory Garden Inspired Fresh Herb Soup

Maite Gomez-Rejón with herbs

Taking inspiration from The Huntington’s collection of WWI posters and ephemera, and the evolution of victory gardens, Maite Gomez-Rejón shares nuggets of culinary history and a delicious recipe for fresh herb soup.


Bartolomeo Scappi’s “Opera” and Mushroom Crostata

Maite Gomez-Rejón with Scappi's Opera

Inspired by The Huntington’s 17th century copy of Bartolomeo Scappi’s cookbook Opera: The Art and Craft of a Master Cook, Maite Gomez-Rejón shares fascinating facts about this famous Italian Renaissance chef and a recipe for mushroom crostata.


Hannah Woolley's "The Gentlewoman's Companion" and a Cinnamon-Rosemary Cocktail

Maite Gomez-Rejón with cocktail and open book

Maite Gomez-Rejón shares a cocktail recipe and delicious nuggets of culinary history about 17th century trailblazer Hannah Wooley and her book, The Gentlewoman’s Companion.


The 1862 Bartender's Guide and a Whiskey Cocktail

Maite Gomez-Rejón with cover of the 1862 Bartender's Guide

Maite Gomez-Rejón shares a bit of culinary history and a cocktail recipe inspired by The Huntington’s rare copy of the 1862 Bartender’s Guide.


Eunice Hooper and American Cookery

Maite Gomez-Rejón with apple cobbler and embroidery sample

Maite Gomez-Rejón shares “bites” of information about domestic and culinary life in the late 18th century, taking her inspiration from The Huntington’s sampler made by nine-year-old Eunice Hooper and the first known cookbook written by an American, Amelia Simmons.


Tea Scones and The Gascoigne Family

Maite Gomez-Rejón with scone and painting

Inspired by the conversation style painting, The Gascoigne Family, by Francis Hayman, Maite Gomez-Rejón provides culinary nuggets of information related to the history of tea.


Thomas Jefferson and America's First Recipe for Mac and Cheese

Maite Gomez-Rejón with mac and cheese and portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Inspired by The Huntington’s 1776 portrait of Thomas Jefferson, educator and chef Maite Gomez-Rejón shares nuggets of culinary history including how Jefferson’s trip to Europe resulted in America’s first recipe for Macaroni and Cheese.