If your schedule does not allow for you to pack up and go to the spa, then bring the spa goodness to you. Pick up a copy of the Ranch At Live Oak Cookbook and let it transport you into healthier living. The authors and photographer know exactly how to entice us- with gorgeous photos of their Malibu property, stunning food images to accompany their spa recipes and even a Menu Planner for detoxification and weight loss.
Sue and Alex Glasscock founded The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu in September 2010. Their spa has been featured in Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, Town & Country, Allure, Self, W, People, Details and The Wall Street Journal. Their passion for healthy and balanced living through outdoor activities and appreciation for nature were the guiding principles in creating this unique fitness and wellness retreat. Their food is the trifecta of beautiful, healthy and delicious – the ultimate reward for those who seek healthy new habits. The founders developed this cookbook in response to the numerous recipe requests they received from visitors.
The opposite of a quick-fix diet, THE RANCH AT LIVE OAK COOKBOOK creates a way of eating for everyday life.
Filled with 100 delicious recipes and stunning full-color photography by award-winning photographer Sara Remington, this new, visually-captivating cookbook offering is sure to satisfy. When people think of healthy food, they often don’t associate adjectives like delicious, vibrant or nutritionally dense.
“With The Ranch cookbook, the food is beautiful, tasty and most importantly, it offers rich nutrients to sustain intense workouts and everyday life,” says Alex and Sue Glasscock, Founders of The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu. “Guests come to The Ranch for transformation, with the release of our cookbook, we’re able to educate a larger audience on incorporating health and wellness into everyday life and help them to reap benefits of the program without actually being on property. Additionally, we’re excited to have the cookbook as a tool in supporting and guiding devoted participants once they’ve completed the program, as many guests have been requesting a cookbook for years.”
The cuisine zeroes in on foods that are gluten, soy, dairy and sugar-free, and anti-inflammatory, with the objective of packing nutritional density and amazing flavor into every bite. Carefully developed and honed over the years by a team of professional chefs, nutritionists, fitness experts, and gardeners, the recipes are easy to reproduce at home: Purple Carrot Soup, Kale and Chickpea Salad, Cauliflower Tabbouleh, Squash Tacos with Black Beans and Chai Poached Pears.
Here it is, the book that brings spa food to our own kitchens for everyday healthy living. The recipes are quite accessible, the salad dressings are out of this world. They have a variation of Basalmic Vinaigrette that interestingly does not contain oil, a lemon-dill vinaigrette, orange and tahini cilantro dressing, and a must try “Purple Dressing” which is a tart and summery blueberry dressing. Are you intrigued yet? Living well has never tasted better. Order your copy here.
© THE RANCH AT LIVE OAK COOKBOOK by Sue and Alex Glasscock, Rizzoli New York, 2014. Images are from THE RANCH AT LIVE OAK COOKBOOK © Sara Remington. Neither text nor images may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher.
A word about presentation…if we are going to try this at home, let’s do it right:
When working with seasonal fresh ingredients, the goodness you are about to eat promises taste infinitely better when it is pleasing to the eye. Healthy eating should be a way of living rather than a vacation splurge; so the more of our senses that we incorporate to our food, the more dimension we bring to the dish. A few good culinary tools can decrease prep time and take your presentation to new heights.
If you are not familiar with the line CRISP, I highly recommend them. The tools are colorful and designed to multi-task. The Avocado Slicer is a personal favorite- designed with a blade to slice and pit the avocado, that folds into the handle. Perfect slices every time. The herb mincer and pairing knife are also excellent to have on hand for healthy food prep. The pairing knife even comes with a knife sharpener built into the knife cover. Shop the Crisp Cooking line– your kitchen and your guests will thank you!
Avocado Toast Perfection happens every time with this favorite Crisp Avocado Slicer tool. Try the Ranch at Live Oak’s Avocado Toast with Micro Greens and Sesame.
Crisp Kitchen Tools for Healthy Eating and Award Winning Presentation
Culinary Artistry happens with the right tools and a few classic skills. The paring knife has a built-in sharpener, the mincer rolls through fresh herbs for stunning visual presentation, and the avocado slicer offers efficient precision that will spoil you. Stock your kitchen with these tools to up your presentation game and transform your healthy cooking to new visual heights.
Bon Appetit and cheers to healthy living~