Beautiful Living: Cooking the Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Way is a 304-page, coffee table cookbook featuring over 100 of the world-renowned, five-star retreat's delicious and healthy recipes written and tested for the home kitchen. Beautiful Living has stunning photography by award-winning Debora Smail and nationally recognized Max Kimbee and Anne Watson, and includes nutrition breakdowns for every dish and tips on cooking and preparing fresh, nutritious meals for your family and friends. It also tells the story of how Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, tucked into the rolling hills 40 miles north of San Diego but looking like it belongs in the 17th century French countryside, has earned international acclaim as a top destination spa where guests can lose weight and get recharged, rejuvenated, and reinvigorated.
Now, the scope of this west coast Florida area is broadened with this companion book, The Lure of Sarasota and Her Islands which includes new images of Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, and Manasota Key. Many more may be seen on this website and by contacting her. She often creates commissioned work for specific requests.The Lure of Sarasota and Her Islands ~ Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, and Manasota Key will be available in November.
Each colorful page introduces a stunning image of a serene scene, a wildlife closeup, an inviting white sandy shore and more. Limited Editions of each image are available in custom sizes on canvas, metal, acrylic and archival museum paper.
This book is a curiosity cabinet, meaning that it contains photos of many objects I have gathered from around the world along the years. They are disparate, quirky, kitsch, or simply of sentimental value, some being luxurious, but all having a story to tell and a place to remember. The book will speak to many people, who can identify with at least a number of these artefacts.