Advanced Praise for My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur
“My Nepenthe serves a big gorgeous slice of American culture that I loved visiting through words and memory.” –Deborah Madison, author of What We Eat When We Eat Alone and Vegetarian for Everyone
“Romney Steele grew up in the lively bohemian milieu of Nepenthe on the Big Sur coast and knows all the stories worth telling.”–Caroline Bates, Contributing Editor,Gourmet
“A very special book about a very special place.”–Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and Omnivore’s Dilemma
My Nepenthe weaves together stories and tales from the famous California restaurant perched on the majestic cliffs of Big Sur. It celebrates the magic and history of place through food and my family who started Nepenthe more than sixty years ago.
Readers will enjoy a collection of more than seventy tempting recipes from the Fassett family, the restaurant, and the café, along with the history, stories, anecdotes, archival black-and-white photography, as well as the breath-taking full-color photography by Sara Remington. It also includes a bonus feature about the filming of The Sandpiper (1965), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, part of it that took place on the Nepenthe terrace, as well as Nepenthe’s unique relationship with the renowned Pisoni wine-making family. Ultimately My Nepenthe is a story about food, family, and the culture of place, and how it all unfolds around the table and why that matters.
My Nepenthe is published by Andrews McMeel ($35.00), available now at the Phoenix Shop.