the appetizer:

Plum Gorgeous, Recipes and Memories from the Orchard by Romney Steele includes recipes like September Salad; Kumquats and Toasted Couscous with Halloumi; and Tomato, Grape, and Ricotta Flatbread.

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Plum Gorgeous
Recipes and Memories from the Orchard

by Romney Steele

Plum Gorgeous
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Return to Big Sur and sink your teeth into Plum Gorgeous: Recipes and Memories from the Orchard, the latest cookbook from My Nepenthe author Romney Steele.

In Plum Gorgeous, Romney recognizes the gorgeousness that food—and particularly fruit—can be all on its own. Plum Gorgeous celebrates seasonal fruit, encouraging cooks to use different recipes depending on their local fruit selection. Each of the 60 seasonally inspired, sweet and savory recipes is fruit-filled and fantastically flavorful.

Luscious recipes such as Raspberry Rhubarb Rose Petal Jam, Blueberry Lemon Thyme Risotto, Herb-roasted Salmon with Wild Huckleberry Sauce, and Plum Soup with Basil Ice Cream are intertwined with Sara Remington's breathtaking photographs, flooding the pages of Plum Gorgeous with stunning color.

This visual and flavorful work of art is inspired by Romney's time living in orchards, working in professional kitchens, and by her favorite books, destinations, and chefs. With each turn of the page, Plum Gorgeous celebrates the sensuous and enchanting nature of fruit, as well as the pleasures and joys of the table.

About the Author

Romney "Nani" Steele is a writer, cook, visual artist, and food stylist. As the granddaughter of Bill and Lolly Fassett, creators of Nepenthe Restaurant, she grew up at the family business and opened Cafe Kevah, located on the grounds of Nepenthe. She lives in Oakland, CA, with her two children, Trevor and Nicoya.


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