The Cookbook For Your Soul, Spirit, And Stomach

You may or may not be familiar with the Esalen Institute, the school nestled on the coast of Big Sur, California, but to many—icons like Oprah included—it’s a place of pilgrimage and intense transformation. The mission of Esalen is to explore and realize human potential—students train on all different kinds of body-mind-spirit know-how, with teachers and masters from around the world. The Institute is famous for two things: the bathhouse hot springs in which students bathe naked along the mountain at night, and the food. Grown straight on the property and infused with herbs, spices, and ancient recipes, you may not be able to recreate the meals perfectly, but for those who can’t make it to the West coast, it’s a piece of heaven right in your kitchen.