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By Romney Steele

"A very specified publication a few very distinct place." --Michael Pollan, writer of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In protection of Food

"What a global Romney Steele has given us in My Nepenthe! This own story is as delicate and brilliant as a chew of Nepenthe Cheese Pie and should shipping me--and you--to large Sur and the times and nights of this magical position. My Nepenthe serves a huge, beautiful slice of yankee tradition that I enjoyed traveling via phrases and memory." --Deborah Madison, writer of What We consume once we consume Alone and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone 

"Romney Steele grew up within the vigorous bohemian milieu of Nepenthe at the titanic Sur coast and is aware all of the tales worthy telling. In My Nepenthe, an intimate, richly illustrated memoir with recipes culled from the restaurant's 60 years, she writes marvelously approximately her "crazy stew of a kin" and particularly her cherished grandmother, whose kindness and hospitality have been mythical. --Caroline Bates, contributing editor, Gourmet magazine

My Nepenthe weaves jointly tales and stories concerning the recognized California eating place perched at the majestic cliffs of massive Sur. It celebrates the magic and heritage of position via meals and the Fassett relations who all started Nepenthe.

A lyrical ceremonial dinner written through the proprietors' granddaughter, Romney Steele, who grew up on the eating place, My Nepenthe is as a lot a couple of family members firm because it is ready the Fassett relatives and their legacy. It recounts tales concerning the family's greater than sixty-year background at the coast, the humanities and structure, and the colourful those that have been the genesis of this mythical restaurant.

My Nepenthe marks the restaurant's brilliant previous as a meeting position and famous bohemian hang-out, and its foray into the movie in the course of the taking pictures of The Sandpiper, that includes Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It additionally explores the full of life scene that performed out into the '70s, and onward throughout the present decade the place it showcases Nepenthe's precise dating with Pisoni Vineyards, owned by means of the popular winemaker relatives. My Nepenthe comprises greater than seventy-five designated recipes from the Fassetts, the eating place, and the cafe, besides fabulous images that completes the tale.

Ultimately, My Nepenthe is a narrative approximately meals, kin, and the tradition of position, and the way all of it unfolds round the desk and why that matters.

About Nepenthe

Located at the tremendous Sur cliffs 808 toes above the Pacific Ocean, Nepenthe eating place boasts sweeping perspectives of the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains and the wild south coast of Monterey County. Angular mountains plunge into the crashing surf less than, and on a transparent day there's no restrict to the surroundings, unspoiled and large in nature. Opened in 1949 by means of the Fassett relations, the eating place is nestled between local oak timber and a historical log cabin (now confronted through brick) that was owned through Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.

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