I won this book in June at Eat, Write, Retreat. After visiting the Golden Door, I was even happier to feature their beautiful book: Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes from the Celebrated Spa, written by Dean Rucker with Marah Stets.
Layout and design:
The book is organized into the following chapters: appetizers, salads, soups, vegetarian main dishes, seafood, poultry and lean meats, desserts, breakfast, drinks, dressings, and basics. Back matter includes nutritional information and resources. It’s a large-format glossy, hardcover book that makes you feel like you’re at a spa. I would have liked stronger typefaces to make the recipes a little easier to read.
Gorgeous photography by Quentin Bacon captures the spa feeling beautifully.
Recipes include spiny lobster and mango gazpacho shooters, broccoli almond salad in radicchio cups, Italian chicken sausage oven-dried tomato and orzo soup, red lentil veggie burgers with garlicky yam fries and spicy mango ketchup, wild salmon with quick-preserved lemon mashed potatoes and asparagus vinaigrette, adobo-marinated grass-fed flank steak with spinach salad and roasted poblano dressing, warm flourless chocolate cake with orange sauce, and crispy potato cakes with chive scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
What I liked about the book:
A destination/coffee table book that makes me want to stay at this spa. Inventive recipes. Many recipes could be adapted to be paleo.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters. Recipes are not for beginners.
sophisticated cooks looking for new inspiration; whole foods and vegetarian eaters
Not recommended for:
celiac/gluten-free, vegan, migraine or low-sodium diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.