The Golden Door Cooks Light & Easy : Delicious Recipes from America's Premier Spa
Sound nutrition is the cornerstone of any healthy lifestyle, writes Michel Stroot, and he should know. As the executive chef at southern California's famed Golden Door Spa, he has perfected the art of conscious cooking and nourishment and now shares over 150 of his unique and delicious recipes in Golden Door Cooks Light and Easy. The Golden Door Spa is one of America's most exclusive holistic wellness retreats, and the celebration of food - from garden to table - is a cornerstone of the spa's simplicity is luxury ideology. Stroot's recipes are not only nutritionally balanced, but also imaginative, aromatic, and always delicious. In keeping with the Golden Door Spa philosophy, he aims to provide the hurried person a cuisine of simple and enticing meals that will renew physical and mental energy, with recipes that use only fresh, healthy ingredients, allowing creativity and spirit to enhance every meal.With guidelines for creating well-balanced meal plans, advice on how to cut time in the kitchen, and ways to reduce fat while enhancing flavour, Golden Door Cooks Light and Easy surpasses so many other cookbooks that amount to nothing more than a list of exotic ingredients from a fancy kitchen. From breakfast to beverages, appetizers to sauces, salads to seafood and easy desserts, Chef Stroot shares his favourite menus as he reflects on the Golden Door belief that it is necessary to maintain a balance between what goes into our bodies and what we can expect to get out in terms of energy, enthusiasm, and enjoyment.
- Hardback | 230 pages
- 210.82 x 254 x 27.94mm | 816.46g
- 14 May 2003
- Gibbs M. Smith Inc
- Layton, UT, United States
"Bringing out the seasonal freshness in ingredients, without using butters and other unnecessary richness, is the cornerstone," says Michel Stroot, who has helped make the Golden Door's "spa cuisine" recipes so popular with guests for three decades. In The Golden Door Cooks Light and Easy, he really brings his concepts home, providing nutritionally sound recipes that are flamboyant, aromatic, delicious and serenely pleasing to the eye-yet are also easy to make. This cookbook is written "to provide the time-pressed person with a cuisine of simple and enticing dishes that will renew physical and mental energy." You'll also find yourself going to the market with a new sense of excitement and possibility, searching out ingredients from local farmers and suppliers (or your own garden) that fairly burst with ripeness and flavor. It is geared to every sort of home chef, from those who wish to get back to the basics, to working and/or single parents, to food aficionados who love interesting spices and farmers' market adventures, to those with physical or dietary challenges. Inspired by his years of working only steps from a huge organic garden at the spa, Chef Stroot shares his secrets for creating dishes that not only celebrate seasonal freshness but also are elegant and simple. Remarkably unfussy, this chef is unafraid to let flavors come out naturally through simple techniques like steaming, sauteing in non-stick pans with very little oil, and grilling. Shopping wisely, cutting time in the kitchen, and reducing fat while still enhancing flavor are just some of Chef Stroot's well-founded advice. You'll feel like a guest at the famous spa as you sample from chapters covering appetizers to desserts, poultry and seafood to meatless main courses, and Chef Stroot's favorite menus. An introduction takes you inside the Golden Door, where "luxury" is imparted as much by beautiful surroundings, calm reflection, and joyful activities (like hiking, yoga, and t'ai chi) as by artful service. The recipes here remind us that we all can eat well every day, enjoying meals that are both healthful and beautiful. Here are the recipes that guests love most-foods full of energy and Chef Michel's own enthusiasm for life.
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A light and luxurious cuisine combining garden-fresh ingredients with classic French cooking.
...an appealing volume, perfect for bathing-suit weather. [The Golden Door Cooks Light & Easy] offers fresh, lively tastes...