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Esalen Cookbook Hardcover – September 8, 2006

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Esalen Cookbook

By Charlie Cassio

The world-renowned Esalen Institute, located on the cliffs above the ocean in Big Sur, California, is a place of peace and beauty, a place where people can contemplate, think, and discover. At the heart of Esalen is its kitchen, where food is made daily from the organic farm on its grounds.

The Esalen Cookbook was many years in the making and has finally arrived! Filled with beautiful photographs, this cookbook features dozens of delicious recipes that emphasize healthy, fresh, and organic ingredients-food made to satisfy the soul as well as the stomach. It also includes cooking tips, instructions on making many of the recipes into vegetarian versions, and even some of the history and lore of Esalen itself.

Beautifully designed pages with easy-to-follow instructions offer recipes that will delight newcomers to Esalen and veterans alike. In these pages, you'll find such as favorites as Artichoke, Yam and Blue Cheese Scones, Moroccan Lamb Stew, Pecan-Encrusted Chicken, Orange Essence Raisin Bread, Sponges of Love Pancakes, Esalen Granola, and Grandma's German Goulash.

It's a taste of the utopia of Esalen in your very own kitchen!

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Welcome to the cooking of Esalen, where healthy, organic, and naturally grown ingredients take center stage in recipes that will satisfy the soul as well as the body. The recipes are easy to make, taste excellent, and look great. Many of them include simple, high-protein vegetarian and vegan versions as well. So get ready to experience the Esalen Cookbook. The perfect recipe awaits you.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (September 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586858521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586858520
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Russo on April 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Although, I do like this cookbook and I'm glad that I purchased it, it has errors in the recipes. For example, in the quinoa vegetable souffle, it calls for 1 1/2 TBS. of sea salt!!! I ruined the dish the first time I made it. This sucks because I spent like 90 minutes making it and money for the ingredients. So the next time I made it, I used 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt and it was perfect. And there is a dressing recipe (spiral salad dressing) that claims to be the most requested dressing recipe at Esalen. It calls for an entire raw red onion minced, along with various vinegars, etc. to yield 2 cups of dressing. I have a hard time believing anyone would enjoy this much raw onion!! I used 1/8 of the onion and it is still too onion-y. It actually makes me nauseous just thinking about it. Also, many of the recipes are incomplete, leaving the cook to fiqure it out on their own (Milan Style Lasangna: it says to drain cooked ingredients in a colander, then to add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, etc. and mix). All it needed to include was to transfer drained ingredients to a bowl before mixing in other ingredients. I know most of this is common sense, but to an amatuer cook just reading instructions, one can waste precious ingredients and time. I believe that some things got lost in translating the quantities that Esalen cooks it's food to the quantities for the cookbook. I say, just watch out for quantity and use your own judgement. If is sounds like too much, start little and then add more later. So far, these are the only examples of errors I have experienced. Every other recipe I have made has been fine.
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I am an avid gourmet vegetarian cook and was so excited to find this cookbook. Unfortunately the first recipe I tried, and spent over an hour making, was just a total loss. I make souffle's successfully often and this one had the quinoa amount off, and obviously the salt (2 1/2 tablespoons!) as well. It's apparent that in translating the recipes from serving 25+ to 4 there were some errors. The souffle turned out to be a quinoa casserole with none of the egg white or yolk even apparent in the dish, this was obvious before it went into the oven. The recipe almost twice the amount to fill the 6" souffle dish that the recipe calls for. This was the first clue that something was wrong with the quantities. It makes me realize that not all of the recipes were tested once the quantities were altered for the book. I'm afraid to make anything else.
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I got this cookbook for Christmas, and was looking forward to making the Greek quiche. I have never made a quiche before, followed the directions, and it was a disaster. The directions were hard to follow. They say use half of this and half of that, but it's not clear which mixture they are talking about, and some halves never get mentioned again.... I ended up with ingredients I did not use, and the quiche was so watery I had to toss it. If you don't have enough experience to read between the lines and adjust proportions, I do not recommend this book.
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By Candace Barr on January 27, 2013
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Wonderful illustrations, well written recipies, I got a glimpse of this book and knew right away I had to have it. Made the apricot bread the day the book arrived and we really enjoyed it. Their premise is to use the freshest ingredients and make healthy food. You will want to cook or bake as soon as you receive it.
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I was a work scholar at Esalen for the month of Oct. 2014 and worked in the kitchen. I HAD to own this cookbook after that as I knew and had prepared most of the recipes included here, but also the beginning chapters where the author explains about the magic of Esalen and how that imbue the food with something "more" is so spot on. Get this cookbook for the beauty of living simply and richly.
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I bought this cookbook after discovering a recipe on the internet for an awesome brown rice & apple breakfast hot cereal. Because many of their guests are on special diets (vegan, dairy free, gluten free, etc) many of the recipes include suitable adaptations to accommodate those needs.
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I wish I could give this cookbook more than three stars. The recipes are very tasty but this book is horribly edited and it's clear that nobody went through and tested each recipe to make sure the ingredients and proportions are right. Every single recipe I have made from this book had something wrong with it. One recipe for vegetable puff pastry tarts listed an (expensive) ingredient that I bought that the detailed instructions never mentioned how and when to use. Another recipe for quiche got the proportions wrong and I had to whip up extra eggs and milk just to cover the filling, etc. (thank goodness I had extra at home). I am a pretty solid cook on my own, so I have found ways to compensate for the errors in these recipes, but I wish I didn't have to. If you are not a confident cook who can see (and can fix) when something's wrong about a recipe, do NOT buy this book.
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Beautiful photos! Wonderful wholesome and organic, easy to follow recipes of a great variety, with interesting information on Esalen itslef and the people behind the recipes. Also good information on the use of the healthy ingredients included in the recipes.
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