I really do love receiving a new cookbook, particularly in an age of epicurious.com, food network and google recipes. Working within the confines of a cookbook's pages can be a rewarding challenge.
And, as with all books given as gifts, cookbooks reflect the giver as much as the recipient. For a recent birthday, a close friend gave me the beautiful My Nepenthe cookbook.
Nepenthe, the restaurant is arguably one of the most famous spots in all of Big Sur and quite possibly the oldest. With a sprawling, panoramic patio and floor-to-ceiling glass-walled interior, Nepenthe is easily the best bar and restaurant to take in the view. And the food is pretty great too.
|our personal favorite at the restaurant!|
|shooting 'The Sandpiper' at Nepenthe|
In the months since receiving this cookbook, I have enjoyed preparing My Nepenthe recipes for large parties, close friends and for just the two of us.
|Marinated fresh sardines and roast corn with chipotle butter have become some of our favorite things to eat at home.|
|components of the rustic tart|
|sprinkle sweet dough w. sugar & almonds|
|stack up sliced pluots & strawberries|
|dot with butter|
|messy but good|
|'Californian Hippy' cuisine|
It is a cuisine and a lifestyle I have nothing but love, loyalty and nostalgia for and Nepenthe restaurant, for all intents and purposes, invented it!
I'd recommend the restaurant and the cookbook to anyone.