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The Elixir of Life: Finding Love and Joy in the Passionate Pursuit of Food Hardcover – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Livingdahl; 2nd edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615366678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615366678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend this to anyone..whether they cook or not!!!!
L. Fox
My sister in law made a few recipes from the book for my birthday dinner and I immediately ordered it!!
Tamara Czajka
She is both sensual and spiritual in her approach to beauty, food, joy and well being.
Kitty Crouch

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on March 20, 2011
Beautiful photography combines with an engaging text in Lisa Dahl's first book. The founder of two award-winning restaurants in Sedona, Arizona, Dahl as a chef writes with joy about her various recipes. Whether you are looking for appetizers, soups, salads, salsa or side dishes, you will gain valuable recipes and zeal for cooking in the pages of this book.

Each of the photos is crisp and well-designed to illustrate the dish or Dahl's travel experiences in Italy and Sedona. I love what she write in the introduction, "To do what we love most for a living is the ultimate gift because each day it gives us a better understanding of the world and ourselves. For me, one of the elixirs of life is cooking." (Page 14)

That joy radiates throughout this book. Whether you keep it on your coffee table or in the kitchen for inspiration, you will enjoy THE ELIXIR OF LIFE. In addition, this title includes a 22-minute DVD which combines beautiful music with the stirring pictures from this book. If you love food and life, you need this book. I recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dalia N. Blevins on December 6, 2010
Yesterday (5-Dec-2010) a friend and I stumbled upon a book signing by Lisa Dahl at Napa Style in Los Gatos, California. At first we ignored the request by the store manager to take a look at her cookbook. However, we could not ignore Lisa Dahl's delightful, elegant, inspiring, and friendly manner. She was totally engaging and before long we were tasting two of her recipe samples. Both recipes were extraordinary and once we began thumbing through her cookbook we were hooked. The book exemplifies passion and is a creation of beauty. The enticing recipes are perfectly placed among beautiful scenic photographs of Tuscany and Sedona -a glorious combination. The Exilir Of Life is a work of art, delightful to read, entertaining, and a great conversation piece. Needless to say, the cookbooks we enthusiastically bought were graciously and thoughtfully signed by Lisa Dahl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Bartick on December 10, 2010
My wife and I have had the good fortune to eat at both of Lisa Dahl's wonderful restaurants in Sedona, AZ. When we had the opportunity to see her new book "The Elixir Of Life", we could not
stop raving about the content and the incredible quality of the photography and overall publication.
This book is a must for anyone who enjoys food, cooking, or just wants to look at the fabulous
pictures and read an amazing story. This book is a masterpiece and incredibly beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Crouch on October 14, 2010
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Lisa Dahl has created a celebration of all of the senses in this wonderful book. She is both sensual and spiritual in her approach to beauty, food, joy and well being. Rather than calling this a cookbook let us think of it as a recipe for zestful living book, because that is what it is.
We enter her world through a poignant dedication. We leave it temporarily on the last page in a state of wonderment at her ability to put her passion onto the printed page. To call the recipes inspired is such a weak terminology, but it will have to suffice.
If you are looking for umami in your menu you need search no further. If you are looking for ornamentation ideas, this is your book, too. And if you want inspiration, Lisa is your source.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon L. Hooper on April 9, 2011
I purchased The Elixir of Life shortly after it was published and read it like a book, not just a cookbook. I wanted to savor the gorgeous photography and read Lisa's words that created such a delectable treat. The recipes are easy to follow and so delicious. This is a lovely gift for anyone who enjoys travel, cooking, eating, romance...and especially Italy. I guess that would include almost every one on our lists! Trust me, you will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie Pinckney on November 28, 2010
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I WAS SO EXCITED TO ORDER THIS COOKBOOK SINCE I HAVE EATEN AT THE AUTHOR'S OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT MANY TIMES.
IT FAR SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS SINCE IT IS MORE THAN A COOKBOOK.
FIRSTLY THE PHOTOS ARE A FEAST FOR THE EYES. THE RECIPES ARE SIMPLE YET SPECTACULAR. YOU CAN'T WAIT TO RECREATE THEM ALL.
LISA TAKES YOU THROUGH HER PASSION FOR EXCELLENT FOOD,GOOD INGREDIENTS AND LIFE.
IT IS A BOOK YOU WANT TO READ AND SAVOR FROM COVER TO COVER.A BEAUTIFUL READ WITH SCRUMPTIOUS RESULTS
MY XMAS GIFT LIST IS EASY THIS YEAR....GIVING THE ELIXIR OF LIFE!!!

MARIE MAMONE PINCKNEY
MANHASSET,NY
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