My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur

by Romney Steele

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Available October, 2009

My Nepenthe by Romney SteeleMy Nepenthe weaves together stories and tales from the famous California restaurant perched on the majestic cliffs of Big Sur. It celebrates the magic and history of place through food and the Fassett family who started Nepenthe. In 2009 Nepenthe commemorates sixty years of bringing writers, artists, dancers, travelers, actors and cooks together around the table.

Throughout the book, readers will enjoy a collection of seventy-five tempting recipes from the Fassetts, the restaurant, and the café, along with the history, stories, anecdotes, archive black-and-white photography, as well as the breath-taking full color photography by Sara Remington. It includes a bonus interview with the producer of The Sandpiper (1965), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, partially filmed on the Nepenthe terrace. Ultimately, My Nepenthe is a story about food, family, and the culture of place, and how it all unfolds around the table and why that matters.


Romney (Nani) Steele is a writer, cook, and food stylist, and the granddaughter of Bill and Lolly Fassett, creators of Nepenthe Restaurant. She grew up at the family restaurant and opened Café Kevah, located on the grounds of Nepenthe. She lives in Oakland, California with her two children.

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