The Golden Door is a feminine resort in southern California fashioned in the style of the Ancients, the Aztecs, the Hindus and the South Sea Islanders and featuring herb baths, temzecal vapor rooms, oil massages, a ""natural"" diet and exercises prescribed by Leonardo da Vincl. For the weary woman who longs for the pampered pleasures of such a bacchanal but can Ill afford the four-hundred-dollars-per week entrance fee, or the take-home ""sine wave facial machine"" ($450), the author has designed a do-it-yourself regimen of floral baths, (homemade bath oils are the best), milk baths, sunbaths (on an easy-to-build solarium) food maquillage and offbeat diets, all of which can surely be followed in any suburban backyard. The best sources of cosmetic and dietary needs is the supermarket, the health foods store and in some cases a homegrown herb garden. Here are menus and recipes (which ironically do not clearly differentiate between low calorie and high nutrient foods) all based on ancient tenets and nature's way. Best to close the book now -- it has been entertaining and now and then helpful. To continue reading means to discover the grandiose, pompous character of an author who is at once psychoanalyst, nutritionist, cosmetician, philosopher, Buddhist, priest and anthropologist! Dr. Szekely has all the answers (which he reveals to his guests when they wish to know the inner secrets of beauty) the meaning of happiness, the philosophy of love, the moral validity of truth, the best books to read, all offered in the name of saving Madame from a sagging chinoline.