My name is Romney (Nani) Steele. I am a writer, cook, and food stylist (with a degree in poetics and painting). I grew up at my family’s restaurant, Nepenthe, perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea in Big Sur, CA. My first few years (along with siblings and cousins) were in the old Trails Club cabin, above the restaurant, once owned by Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, and ever since 1947 our family home. Nepenthe’s expansive terrace was our playground, it’s guests and goings on, our window to the world.
Today my family continues to live there and run the restaurant. I live in Oakland, in a tiny little flat on a tree-lined street with two vibrant teenagers and a curious cat. We return home as often as we can.
My first book, My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur is forthcoming (Andrews McMeel) in November 2009, and features beautiful photography by Sara Remington, and design by my old friend and one time employee of Nepenthe, Lisa Berman. For further information, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org