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Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes from the Celebrated Spa by Dean Rucker and Marah Stets

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  • Cranberry vinaigrette

    • Christine on August 22, 2014

      Excellent flavor and easy to make, though I did tweak it a bit. I love tart cranberries, so I thought orange juice, brown sugar, and honey would be too much sweetness. This time I used just 1 Tbsp of honey as the sweetener, but would like to try it sometime with just orange juice. I had no need for this dressing to be fat-free, so I used 2 Tbsp of olive oil in place of the orange juice to thin the dressing out. Be careful not to let the cranberry mixture reduce too much or the dressing will be very thick -- at first I was afraid using so much water would make it too thin, but I definitely overcompensated. The shallot is a lovely flavor here, but probably could be left out if you don't have any available.

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Reviews about this book

  • Boston Globe by T. Susan Chang

    ... portion sizes are close to normal, requiring a little upward adjustment to feed a ravenous family...Practically speaking, though, the recipes offer what can only be described as mixed results.

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  • Family Fresh Cooking

    I wanted to reach through the glossy pages and devour each and every recipe. I wanted to call the chef/author Dean Rucker and shower him with praise and accolades.

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  • ISBN 10 0307450791
  • ISBN 13 9780307450791
  • Published Apr 21 2009
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Clarkson Potter
  • Imprint Clarkson N Potter Publishers

Publishers Text

Tucked away in the rolling hills and hidden valleys of idyllic southern California, the Golden Door is the epitome of the luxury spa experience. As the quintessential holistic retreat, the spa is equally renowned for its inspired, bold, and innovative cuisine. In celebration of fifty sensational years, the Golden Door shares the secrets of its celebrated kitchen, bringing its famously fresh and healthful cuisine into your home.

With a focus on lean proteins, whole grains, fresh vegetables, and other wholesome foods combined in astoundingly delicious ways, Golden Door Cooks at Home shares Chef Dean Rucker's most sought-after recipes, including:

  • Spiny Lobster and Mango Gazpacho Shooters
  • Soft Rosemary-Lemon Polenta with Sweet Corn, Oyster Mushrooms, and Rainbow Chard
  • Adobo-Marinated Grass-Fed Flank Steak with Spinach Salad and Roasted Poblano Dressing
  • Grilled Lamb Chops with Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes and Apple-Mint Salad
  • Blackberry Nectarine Crisp


Also featured are cooking tips from Chef Rucker's popular cooking classes, information about how to boost flavor healthfully, recipes for easy-to-make sauces and vinaigrettes, and sidebars on fitness, nutrition, and other aspects of the unique Golden Door experience. Whether you've been a guest in the past or have only dreamed of getting a taste of the Golden Door, you'll enjoy this culinary tribute to one of the world's most restorative and nurturing destinations.



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