Spa Cookbook Nominated For “Oscar” Of the Food World

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Latest cookbook from Golden Door spa honored with nominations from James Beard Foundation and IACP, continuing a history of recognition from these organizations to the spa's previous cookbooks.

the Oscars of the food world

The legendary Golden Door, North America’s preeminent destination spa, is honored to announce that its latest cookbook, Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes from the Celebrated Spa (April 2009, Clarkson Potter) has received a nomination from the storied James Beard Foundation. In addition, the cookbook has been recognized as a finalist in the 2010 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Awards of Excellence.

These nominations continue a tradition of excellence for the spa’s cookbooks; in 1997 The Golden Door Cookbook became the first spa cookbook to ever receive a nomination from The James Beard Foundation, and in 2003 The Golden Door Cooks Light & Easy was the recipient of a nomination from the IACP.

Deemed “the Oscars of the food world,” by Time magazine, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers.

Golden Door Cooks at Home is the first book from Golden Door Executive Chef, Dean Rucker who was described as “The hottest young chef in California” in the October 2006 issue of California Homes magazine. Published to help celebrate the spa’s 50th anniversary in 2009, the recipes in the book focus on lean proteins, whole grains, fresh vegetables, and other wholesome foods, combined to create flavorful healthy dishes for the whole family. Chef Dean’s innovative approach to fresh ingredients and healthy food redefines spa food, focusing on what you can have instead of what you cannot. He collaborated on the project with cookbook veteran Marah Stets whom he credits with “...showing me how to write a cookbook…”

The Golden Door a part of LXR Luxury Resorts and Hotels, has been the premier spa in the country since it opened in 1959. Designed in the fashion of Japanese architecture, and with programs incorporating Zen philosophies of balancing physical and spiritual health, it revolutionized the way America thought of the spa experience. Today, the Golden Door operates spas at: Dakota Mountain Lodge in Park City, Utah; The Boulders Resort, Carefree, Ariz.; Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Fla. and the El Conquistador in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico.

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