Cookbook Giveaway: Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta

I’m delighted to announce that the folks at Rancho La Puerta Spa contacted me after seeing my recipe posts from their cookbook and offered to give away a cookbook to one of my RecipeGirl readers!

This giveaway is now closed, and the lucky winner (via is commenter #36…
Anali from the blog:
Anali’s First Amendment.  Congratulations!  Please email me your address, and I’ll get this cookbook in the mail to you!

I really can’t say enough about this cookbook. A relative of ours had picked it up after a visit to the Spa, and I loved it so much that I went home and ordered it on Amazon! I’ve made the Chocolate Banana Bread and the Mushroom & Goat Cheese Quiche, but I have my eye on several more… including Butternut Squash Gnocchi, Orange Saffron Pine-Nut Bread, Lasagna Azteca with Spinach & Ancho Chili Salsa, Grilled Figs with Creamy Honeyed Ricotta & Almonds, Sangria La Puerta, Guava Creme Brulee, Roasted Banana-Rum Sorbet, Squash-Apple Soup with Thai Red Curry, and Chocolate Chip-Cranberry Cookies.

And now, you have a chance to win a free copy. This giveaway is open to ALL readers (US and International). All you have to do is comment below… if you do not have a direct link to a blog or website where I can contact you, then please leave your email address within your comment. You may enter ONCE any time before 11:59 Pacific Time on Monday, May 18th. One random winner (via will be announced on Tuesday, May 19th.

Here is some more information about the cookbook:
Historic spa and fitness resort honored by James Beard Foundation for new cookbook “Cooking With The Seasons at Rancho La Puerta,”
by Deborah Szekely and Deborah Schneider with Jesús González

Tecate, Baja California, MexicoDeemed “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. Nominees for 2009 include the new cookbook from Rancho La Puerta.

Released in Fall, 2008, “Cooking With The Seasons at Rancho La Puerta” highlights methods and recipes using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients—an approach that lies at the heart of the guest experience at this spa and fitness resort. Here guests eat meals cooked with vegetables and fruits fresh from the spa’s own 5-acre organic farm. In addition, they have the option of taking cooking classes at La Cocina Que Canta (The Kitchen That Sings), the spa’s cooking school, which is set at the very edge of the farm’s fields.

The book’s 120 recipes are organized as a series of complete—and luscious—seasonal menus. As spring rouses the earth, cooks awaken their taste buds with Jicama Slaw with Pink Grapefruit. When summer arrives, the senses dance with Poached Wild Salmon with Avocado-Tarragon Aioli. Fall’s brilliant colors are echoed by Carrot and Ginger Soup with Pears. And, in winter, the new year arrives with fanfare, thanks to Mayan Chocolate Sorbet. Throughout, sidebar tips give valuable advice on everything from choosing the most healthful grains and flours, to grinding spices, to preparing fruit vinegars, to preserving summer’s goodness with dried herbs and flowers.

Author Deborah Szekely invented the destination fitness resort and spa concept when she opened Rancho La Puerta in 1940. She opened The Golden Door in 1958, and it has been consistently rated the top spa in the United States for many years. Rancho La Puerta remains family owned and operated. Szekely was the first chef at both spas, and her recipes and techniques are still used today. She lives in San Diego.

Co-author Deborah M. Schneider is a chef and food writer with more than 25 years of culinary experience. She is the author of “¡Baja! Cooking on the Edge,” chosen by Kirkus as one of the best cookbooks of 2006. Schneider lives in San Diego.

Here’s a sneak peek at a couple more recipes that are in the book:

Mixed Seafood Steamed in Parchment with Shallots & White Wine

Roasted Pear & Arugula Salad w/ Pomegranate- Chipotle Vinaigrette

Good Luck All! This is one cookbook that you’d love to have in your collection 🙂

You can also purchase the cookbook HERE.

185 Responses to “Cookbook Giveaway: Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta”

  1. postedMay 10, 2009 3:36 AM

    That seafood recipe alone looks worth the price of the book.

  2. postedMay 10, 2009 3:49 AM
    Michelle Lombardo

    The chocolate banana bread caught my eye….yuuummmm!

  3. postedMay 10, 2009 4:31 AM

    I’ve certainly heard of Rancho La Puerta and would be curious how they treat gnocchi, lasagna, cookies, etc. as ‘spa’ food. I guess it’s portion control.

  4. postedMay 10, 2009 4:37 AM
    Lisa H

    what a great way to inspire good eating – this sounds like a must have cookbook.

  5. postedMay 10, 2009 6:03 AM
    Crystal Sawyer

    I would LOVE this cookbook!

  6. postedMay 10, 2009 6:09 AM

    I would love to win! Thank you!

  7. postedMay 10, 2009 5:19 AM

    The book looks fabulous!

  8. postedMay 10, 2009 5:25 AM

    the 2 pictures are making me hungry…

  9. postedMay 10, 2009 5:52 AM

    I would love to get a copy of this cookbook!!!

  10. postedMay 10, 2009 6:03 AM

    I love cookbooks! That arugula salad looks awesome. Thanks!

  11. postedMay 10, 2009 6:06 AM

    I would love to stay at this spa one day!

  12. postedMay 10, 2009 6:24 AM

    Oooh, those recipes sound so full of flavor!

  13. postedMay 10, 2009 6:29 AM

    WOW! So cool! The cookbook sounds awesome–the quiche looks terrific–and how nice of them!

  14. postedMay 10, 2009 6:29 AM

    I’d love a copy of this book, and if I don’t win I’m just going to have to buy it!

  15. postedMay 10, 2009 6:30 AM

    The cookbook looks fabulous! I fell in love with it when you posted the chocolate banana bread. 🙂

  16. postedMay 10, 2009 6:32 AM
    Jodie P

    What a lovely cookbook, I’d love to add it to my collection!

  17. postedMay 10, 2009 7:21 AM

    I would love a copy!

  18. postedMay 10, 2009 7:24 AM

    Great looking cookbook!

  19. postedMay 10, 2009 7:26 AM

    Count me in Lori…always room for another cookbook and more food inspiration.

  20. postedMay 10, 2009 7:39 AM

    I would love to be the recipient of such a lovely book. I think buying locally as much as possible and cooking with the seasons is the true way to cooking happiness.

  21. postedMay 10, 2009 8:15 AM

    This cookbook looks really good! I would love a copy. 🙂

  22. postedMay 10, 2009 8:25 AM

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  23. postedMay 10, 2009 8:39 AM

    I would love to have this cookbook!

  24. postedMay 10, 2009 8:39 AM
    Chris M.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. postedMay 10, 2009 8:41 AM

    you can never have to many cookbooks, especially good ones.

  26. postedMay 10, 2009 8:56 AM

    I would love a copy of this cookbook!

    I found the recipe you posted earlier (Chocolate Banana Bread) interesting. I’d never heard about the prunes in bread thing. It would be interesting to see what else it had inside.

  27. postedMay 10, 2009 9:13 AM

    Being addicted to cookbooks, I have to have this one, too!! I would LOVE to have this in my collection!

  28. postedMay 10, 2009 9:40 AM

    I was going to make the quiche this week and was pleased to come here to see the cookbook give away! Thanks!

  29. postedMay 10, 2009 10:06 AM
    Margaret H

    My mother and I have often talked about going to Rancho La Puerta one day… Having the cookbook would be a great way to PRETEND to be there! 🙂

    By the way, I just LOVE your blog!!!

  30. postedMay 10, 2009 10:10 AM
    Madonna Cramer

    What a fabulous book I would love to get my hands on it and salivate.

  31. postedMay 10, 2009 10:11 AM

    Love your blog and would be happy to participate in the giveaway.

  32. postedMay 10, 2009 10:16 AM

    I love mexican food… alas Mexican restaurants nowhere to be found here; last option: make my own! The recipes and sneak peeks sound delicious!

  33. postedMay 10, 2009 10:42 AM

    What a great looking cookbook! I have so few cookbooks and would love to have this one. 🙂

  34. postedMay 10, 2009 10:43 AM

    oh fantastic recipes!

  35. postedMay 10, 2009 10:58 AM

    Looks great. Count me in, please.

  36. postedMay 10, 2009 11:24 AM

    The cookbook looks wonderful. It has just the kinds of food that I like. Pick me! ; )

  37. postedMay 10, 2009 11:28 AM

    Looks delicious, I’d love to have this book!

  38. postedMay 10, 2009 11:29 AM

    Looks like a wonderful cookbook! Loved the quiche and bread posts. I am sure there are more great recipes inside.

  39. postedMay 10, 2009 11:36 AM

    Oh baby! These recipes sound delicious. With Rancho La Puerta’s reputation … they must be GREAT recipes!

  40. postedMay 10, 2009 11:44 AM

    What an incredible looking cook book!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  41. postedMay 10, 2009 11:45 AM

    Oh wow! you’re right, I’d love to have that in my cookbook collection 😀

  42. postedMay 10, 2009 11:45 AM

    I’m not gonna lie…I drooled a bit when I saw the pics of these yummy recipes. I covet this recipe book!

  43. postedMay 10, 2009 11:50 AM

    the food looks so amazing!

  44. postedMay 10, 2009 12:08 PM

    After seeing the recipes you’ve made from this cookbook, I think we all ‘have’ to have the book! YUM

  45. postedMay 10, 2009 12:33 PM

    Looks like some good food! Salmon picture alone is making me want that for dinner.

  46. postedMay 10, 2009 1:03 PM

    mmm, that Lasagna Azteca certainly sounds interesting! Great recipes with an ethnic flair, maybe I can surprise hubby in the kitchen lol…

  47. postedMay 10, 2009 1:06 PM

    Everything about this cookbook looks fabulous! I would love to add it to my collection. 🙂 Thank you for a great giveaway!

  48. postedMay 10, 2009 1:17 PM

    After your post on the Chocolate Banana Bread earlier this week, I zipped right to my library’s online catalog in hopes that they had the cookbook. No such luck 🙁 I would be thrilled to win this cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity!

  49. postedMay 10, 2009 1:26 PM

    I am keeping my fingers crossed! This cookbook sounds amazing!!!

  50. postedMay 10, 2009 1:28 PM

    Oooh, I love cookbooks! I love to sit down and read them cover to cover and mark off the recipes I want to try with little sticky notes. This looks like a great one!

  51. postedMay 10, 2009 1:49 PM

    Fantastic! I’ve always wanted to visit that spa 🙂

  52. postedMay 10, 2009 3:22 PM

    I would love to own this cookbook!

  53. postedMay 10, 2009 3:04 PM

    Oh those roasted tomatoes look delish. Thanks

  54. postedMay 10, 2009 3:30 PM

    That shot of salmon looks fabulous! I’d love to make that dish.

  55. postedMay 10, 2009 4:46 PM

    I would love this book! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will get picked. 🙂

  56. postedMay 10, 2009 4:52 PM

    I’d love to win the book, it will give me a reminder to make that banana bread again!!

    I’d love to take my mum to the day thing they do at rancho la puerta sometime…

  57. postedMay 10, 2009 5:04 PM

    Looks delish!!! Hope I win.

  58. postedMay 10, 2009 5:27 PM

    That cookbook looks amazing!

  59. postedMay 10, 2009 7:04 PM

    Wow great giveaway!! Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  60. postedMay 10, 2009 7:11 PM

    That would be a great book to own! Nice idea for a giveaway.

  61. postedMay 10, 2009 8:08 PM

    I was just saying that I wanted to go to Rancho La Puerta, but there’s no way I can, so winning the cookbook would be the next best thing! amy[at]

  62. postedMay 10, 2009 8:53 PM

    I can’t wait to try that quiche! I love your blog, I go to it daily 🙂

  63. postedMay 10, 2009 9:15 PM

    I’d love to try this cookbook – most of those recipes sound wonderful!

  64. postedMay 10, 2009 10:01 PM

    If I had seen this book on in shelf here in SA, I would have bought it just for the beautiful photos!!!Awesome!!

  65. postedMay 10, 2009 11:34 PM

    Sounds like a wonderful cookbook! You hooked me with the chocolate banana bread.

  66. postedMay 10, 2009 11:47 PM

    I would love to go there!~~but since I probably will never be able to, the cookbook will do!!~~my email is

  67. postedMay 11, 2009 12:41 AM
    Libbie Nienstedt

    Would love to try the recipe for butternut squash gnocchi, yummm

  68. postedMay 11, 2009 3:01 AM

    That book looks amazing. Wonderful that they wanted to go through you for a givaway, really says a lot about your blog!

  69. postedMay 11, 2009 2:45 AM

    Awhile ago I noted the spa on my list of places to visit if ever possible. The cookbook would be a great way to make that trip from home! (

  70. postedMay 11, 2009 4:44 AM

    I am always interested in trying new recipes. This cookbook looks wonderful.

  71. postedMay 11, 2009 4:47 AM

    Since an actual visit to the spa is not imminent, I think the cookbook would be the next best thing!

  72. postedMay 11, 2009 5:09 AM
    Tanya A.

    Wow, what a beautiful book. I would love to get my hands on this one. I’m always looking for new recipes to wow my guests!

  73. postedMay 11, 2009 5:17 AM

    This looks like a wonderful book to add to my cookbook collection. I would love to win a copy!

  74. postedMay 11, 2009 5:31 AM

    Pick me, pick me!!! 🙂

  75. postedMay 11, 2009 6:46 AM
    Melissa Trainor

    Thank you for the chance to win a beautiful book. The chocolate banana bread is now what I’m drooling over!

  76. postedMay 11, 2009 6:57 AM
    Jeffrey Stern

    My mom always raves about this place! Would love to get the book! One day soon!

  77. postedMay 11, 2009 6:06 AM

    Looks like a great book! That salad looks scrumptious!

  78. postedMay 11, 2009 6:14 AM

    I would love to win this cookbook!

  79. postedMay 11, 2009 6:27 AM
    Sarah Romain

    Love your blog and would love to add this cookbook to my collection!

  80. postedMay 11, 2009 6:27 AM

    Yum, yum – pomegrante chipolte – two of my new go-to flavors

  81. postedMay 11, 2009 6:29 AM

    since i’ll likely never get to be pampered at such a place, the least i can do is make their food myself. 🙂

  82. postedMay 11, 2009 6:31 AM
    Terri A.

    wow, this looks great!

  83. postedMay 11, 2009 6:35 AM

    Would love to add this to my collection of cookbooks…

  84. postedMay 11, 2009 6:38 AM
    Ann Stein

    I love cookbooks that take an updated approach to food with new menu combinations. This cookbook looks fabulous!

  85. postedMay 11, 2009 6:42 AM

    This books like gorgeous! I am having dreams of the Orange Saffron Pine Nut Bread. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention.

  86. postedMay 11, 2009 6:44 AM

    I’d love to win this cookbook. The recipes look like they’ll be delicious.

  87. postedMay 11, 2009 6:50 AM

    That cookbook looks awesome!

  88. postedMay 11, 2009 6:50 AM

    Love your website – this looks like a great cookbook!

  89. postedMay 11, 2009 7:52 AM

    This book sounds fantastic. I love cooking with whatever is fresh and in season!!

  90. postedMay 11, 2009 6:53 AM

    That cookbook looks wonderful and since a trip out there isn’t in my near future, the cookbook would be great to have!!

  91. postedMay 11, 2009 6:56 AM

    Oh please, I need this to get ready for swimsuit season!

  92. postedMay 11, 2009 6:57 AM

    This cookbook looks amazing -I would love to try several of the dishes mentioned! Thanks for your incredible blog –

  93. postedMay 11, 2009 7:03 AM

    Hey Jo…do you think I’ll get lucky with the RIG this time. Fantastic book – fresh, exciting & colourful! WOW!! I shall sit back & hope. Thank you…xoxox

  94. postedMay 11, 2009 7:07 AM

    Me want!

  95. postedMay 11, 2009 7:07 AM

    Awesome looking cookbook! Would love to add it to my collection!!!

  96. postedMay 11, 2009 7:13 AM

    This cookbook (and the spa) sounds wonderful! I have been drooling, seeing the pictures of the food that you have posted from it.

    I love your blog, I read it daily!

    Please randomly pick me! 🙂
    jesmith1702(at symbol)

  97. postedMay 11, 2009 7:18 AM

    This book has been on my wishlist on Amazon for what seems like EVER!! It looks so awesome. Love spa cuisine.

  98. postedMay 11, 2009 7:41 AM
    Sandra Kovalchick

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  99. postedMay 11, 2009 7:54 AM
    Darci Puchtell

    I love to see the wonderful stuff you create, Keep it up!!!

  100. postedMay 11, 2009 7:57 AM

    Sweet! I hope I win! I have never heard of the spa before today, but sounds fabulous!

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