My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009
Cover and Interior Design/Layout, photo selection and cropping, blad, promotional materials. Also, web design for Author (includes My Nepenthe) -
A cookbook, memoir, and historical book. I loved this project! My dear, long-time pal, Romney "Nani" Steele (who I met during my publishing days at Brooks/Cole, as well as my waitressing days at her family's restaurant, "Nepenthe" in Big Sur) requested that I design her book.
Andrews-McMeel usually works with in-house designers, so I designed on spec, and landed the job. They said it was the first time they approved a design on the first pass! It was an honor to work on this book as Big Sur and Nepenthe will always have a special place in my heart. Nani and I always connect when it comes to art and color - and lots of it!
Working with the new images by whiz photographer Sara Remington, along with the amazing historical photos made my job super fun and easy. Of course, I did have to sort through 1000s of images! When Nani's second book "Plum Gorgeous" was ready, Andrews-McMeel requested our team once again! (see separate entry)
Cover photo by Kodiak Greenwood. Fabric on cover by Kaffe Fassett (Nani's uncle). There is also a lovely spot varnish on the cover (not visible here), I hope to get a good photo of it soon.