More Treasures Under the Oaks

Capturing the "flavor" of south Monterey County—20th Anniversary!


About the Book (to jump straight to ordering copies scroll to the bottom) 

     In 1999 the then Dry Bones Youth Group in Bryson-Hesperia published Treasures Under the Oaks. It  was a 128-page collection of recipes, history, annecdotes, photographs, and original art from the region the youth group reaches out to—the  Bryson-Hesperia, Lockwood, Jolon, Pleyto, Lake San Antonio, Fort Hunter Liggett, and Bee Rock  areas. This fundraising book was a wonderful success and helped the  youth group reach out to local youth without cost being an issue for many years.  People  from all walks of life found it a fascinating “capture” of our area’s  “flavor” . . . and it was read by many who have never read a cookbook in  their life.                    

    Out of print since 2000, the now True Life Youth Group has printed an expanded edition of this book called More Treasures Under the Oaks. As with the first book, all proceeds from donations for this book go to the  youth group (True Life Christian Fellowship is a 501(3)(c) non-profit  organization). This book includes the complete 1999 edition plus 96 new pages of history, photographs, and, of course, recipes—bringing it to 224 pages, spiral bound for easy laying flat open on a counter.                    

     Containing all the recipes from the original edition, the expanded section of recipes in this new edition emphasizes something our area loves to  do—cook and socialize outdoors. It has recipes (main courses, appetizers, and  other) for the grill, barbecue, smoker, Dutch oven, and more, as well  as tips  and sides to go with an outdoor meal. This book even includes recipes and tips from multiple of our area’s famous and traditional fundraiser food  events—Hesperia Hall’s Chicken Barbecue, Mission San Antonio’s Fiesta  (chicken and top sirloin), St. Luke’s Barbecue (top sirloin), and  multiple Dutch oven recipes from Nacitone’s annual Dutch Oven Dinner  & Demonstration! 

    Includes such topics as: A “Bang” of a Fishin’ Trip!; Evicted at Gunpoint!; “Peg Leg” and the Grizzly; Bryson—A Place by the River; Wild, Wild, West!; Gold!; Fort Hunter Liggett’s Hidden Secret; A Different “Buried Treasure”; Dutch Ovens—A Pioneer Tradition Lives On!; The Chuck Wagon—An Outdoor Cooking Icon, and many, many more! Filled with photographs and anecdotes not found elsewhere. More Treasures Under the Oaks is truly a book that captures the "treasure" that is south Monterey County. 


Ordering and Donating

Proceeds: More Treasures Under the Oaks has been written and published solely to support the True Life Youth Group, our outreach youth group in our area. All proceeds from the book go to this. Your support  and contributions will enable us to continue taking youth to Hume Lake Christian Camp each winter and to feed them dinner at our gatherings without money ever being an issue that would keep a youth from participating. 

Suggested Donation: We are asking for a donation of $20 per copy for this book. If you choose to  increase your donation, any amount above the requested $20 (the fair market  value of the book) is tax deductible.                    
“Locals”: Call us to request your copy or to find out where they are available and save shipping. If you are in our area, you can also stop by True Life Christian Fellowship at the Lockwood Hall on any Sunday morning. Our services are from 9:30 to 11:00 am.             

Out of Town: You may utilize PayPal to securely donate online (see the instructions below). Include $20/book you want plus shipping costs. If you want to add an amount beyond that as a donation you may.            
Shipping: We are only using flat rate priority shipping with the U. S. Postal Service. We can fit two books in a Priority envelope for $7.35. We can fit up to eight books in a Priority box for $14.35. We do not charge for handling. We try our best to ship within a few days of receiving your order, but we are a small fellowship with limited people able to help. If you need to get the book(s) immediately please call us to make sure we’ll be able to get them out in the time you need. Thank you for your interest and support! Please Note: At this time we can only send books within the United States, and that a pickup location may be available on the Monterey Peninsula to save shipping. Call us at (805) 472-9325 for information.                 


Get Your Copy (or Copies!) Now! A great Christmas gift!

1. You can call us to arrange sending a check, or,

2. You can send us money directly through PayPal at no additional charge to yourself. 

  • Go to the PayPal home page and log in (link below—we recommend opening the link in a new window so you can refer back to these instructions).
  • Select "Send and Request" from the menu at the top (or look for a button that just says "Send").
  • Select "Send" (not “Request”) if it doesn't default to that and enter Note: "contacttlcf" has two "t's" together where “contact” and “tlcf” meet. Hit "Next."
  • Enter a dollar amount ($20/copy plus shipping plus an extra donation if you desire). 
  • Select “Paying for an item or service” (not “Sending to a Friend”). 
  • Type a note in the space explaining what you are ordering/sending. Please include your name, email, and a phone number in case we have questions.
  • Fill in the shipping address.
  • Hit "Continue" and finish the process. We will send the books as soon as we can after we get the notification from PayPal.