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Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or Less [Hardcover]

David Bez
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3 July 2014

How many times have you gone through the morning counting down the minutes until it's time for lunch and your staple option of a sandwich, last night's leftover pasta, a visit to a local café or something from the freezer hastily heated up in the microwave? More often than not, what ends up in front of us is bland, expensive, unhealthy or just too similar to what we had yesterday — and the day before. For the past three years, David Bez has created a new salad at his desk, every workday, as a challenge. He has developed a winning formula for composing salads by base, vegetable or fruit, fresh herbs, protein toppings and dressings.

Fresh, tinned, jarred and pre-cooked ingredients are all explored but seasonality is key and variety keeps things nutritious and exciting. Recipes include strawberries, melon & almond salad with a natural yoghurt dressing, bresaola, nectarine & mixed salad leaves sprinkled with cashew nuts & fresh mint leaves and cannellini beans & baba ghanoush with sun-dried tomatoes and red and yellow nasturtium flowers — plus over 20 recipes for creamy, vinaigrette and pesto dressings.

This is a book of 260 delicious, healthy salads — one for every weekday of the year — each of which was made, photographed and eaten by David Bez in his own office. With fresh ingredients, minimum preparation and maximum flavour, Salad Love shows you David's own simple approach to ensure your desk lunch will never be the same again.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849494967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849494960
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The man who sexed up salad.' --Daily Mail (Weekend), 5th July 2014

'We've been championing the one-man salad-loving wonder David Bez since we feel in love with his salad-obsessed website, Salad Pride, which is now also a book: Salad Love.' --Emerald Street, 29 July 2014

'Who said salads are boring? These quick, easy, healthy and delicious recipes from new cookbook Salad Love by David Bez will transform your lunchtime!' --Cosmopolitan, September 2014

'You'll never look at salads in the same way again - even the most hardened salad-sceptic will find themselves jotting down a few recipes to try out.' --Italia, 1 September 2014

'Food blogger David Bez has created a year's worth of desk-top salads to liven up lunch. His Italian heritage and career in graphic design make them as pleasing to the eye as to the palette.' --BBC Good Food Magazine, 1 October 2014

About the Author

David is not a chef. He is a food lover with a limited lunch break; an Italian who cares about what's on his plate; a designer who knows that you eat with your eyes first. Originally from Milan, he is an art director in London and has always been in the advertising and graphic design industry. His blog, Salad Pride, is followed by salad fans all over the world and has been publicized in Stylist, Emerald Street, The Huffington Post and The Times. David lives in London.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick-start your way into creative salad making. 11 Aug 2014
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This beautifully produced book provides endless inspiration for lunchtime salads. The Italian-born author, David Bez was inspired to create a new salad, every working day for a year, to list the ingredients and to photograph them. The result is over 250 unique lunchtime salads, all capable of being prepared at a desk or in a small kitchen, and anyone who browses the gorgeous illustrations in his book will soon find themselves thinking of ways to incorporate lunch-time salad making into their daily schedule.

I like the way that each salad is assembled in much the same way - you start with a base layer (leaves, pasta, grains etc), then add vegetables and fruit. On top of that you can add protein, whether meat, fish, cheese, pulses, nuts, soy products, seeds etc. Toppings then boost the taste and texture and the finally some fresh herbs and dressing.

There is a separate chapter on each of the five layers and you soon discover that while many of them may be obvious (boiled eggs, cheese, tuna), there are countless other ingredients which you may not have thought of which could bring new flavours to your meals. I found the chapter on dressings particularly useful as it tells you how to make 24 basic salad dressings.

Needless to say, there is an infinite variety of combinations you can try and if I list just a few from the book you will get an idea of what is involved.
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Salad Love, as the name implies, is fairly single minded in guiding the reader towards a wide variety of different salads. Over 260 to be more specific. Although specified as lunchtime salads I see no particular reason why a salad should be exclusively a lunchtime treat. It is not the most complicated of books since making a salad is hardly the most complicated of procedures. It kicks off with a variety of different ingredients which can be used and then goes on to the specific salads, one page for each with an illustration.

Of course, what goes into a salad is really only limited by your imagination. If your salad making is in a rut and you tend towards the salad, tomato and cucumber variety, there is certainly a lot which will inspire you here. Really almost anything which you can eat cold in a main course is a potential candidate for making up a salad. I thought the labels on each salad such as omnivore, pescatarian, raw, vegan or vegetarian are useful if your diet is limited to one of these areas. For each there is also a suggested variation to change the label. However, people who eat a lot of salads tend to be health conscious and what is lacking is nutritional information of any description.

This is not a recipe book in the traditional sense, since there is no reason at all to slavishly stick to what is being suggested and adding or subtracting ingredients will almost certainly still produce a very edible result. However, if you like salads then this is a great source of ideas. Whilst this will probably never be a core volume in my culinary library, it's a useful and interesting reference point when considering salads.
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Caution! This is not a cookbook! The author makes clear: "I am not a chef; I'm a designer and food lover . . ." This book is a collection of salad combinations that will last for a year - a different one every day, easy enough to make in the office during the lunch hour and much healthier than the all-conquering sandwich or the calorie-laden-but-convenient snack bar. So, whether you are an office worker or a Mum at home needing a quick lunch, this mine of ideas is for you. You don't need to be on a diet to be interested in this book, either. The author says: "I wasn't on a diet. I didn't need to lose weight; I just wanted to eat right and I still wanted plenty of flavours in my meal." A description of how to layer a salad follows, perhaps because it's easier to compose a filling salad quickly if you follow a pattern: The Base, Vegetables and Fruit, Protein, Toppings, Fresh Herbs, Dressings & Spices - this last section is lovely - four pages of easy but tasty dressings that ensure that your lunchtime treat will always have "lift" (my word for it). If you are going to embark on the exercise of making salads at work, a section on a basic collection of tools to equip your desk kitchen drawer with is useful but please don't be put off from buying this book because you are not in a position to do so. This book is just as useful if you are making salads at home to transport to work in a Kilner jar or plastic box. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salad: The Missing Manual...
Maybe it takes a man to put together a book like this, at least it takes a non-chef. It's like an instruction manual for salads more than a recipe book. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by techpuppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lunch will never be the same again
I'm trying to get out of the rut of sandwiches for lunch and don't always have time to make soups, so this book is ideal for me. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Littlepig Littlepig
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye boring salads.
I am so inspired by the imagination of David Bez , I love salads and can. now make so many different types. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. T. SALMON
5.0 out of 5 stars Am amazed by the author's diligence to making his fresh lunch ...
Wow, what a lot of daily recipes to work through. Am amazed by the author's diligence to making his fresh lunch every day at his office. Excellent and inspiring.. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Fedora
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge hit with me and my loved ones!
This is a great book! If you are in love with salads then you will most especially love this book as salads is what it's all about (unsurprisingly given the title). Read more
Published 5 days ago by uncle barbar
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice photos but not very inspiring salad wise
I bought this as I make a salad every day for work and was looking for done ideas to liven up my lunchbox. Read more
Published 6 days ago by J. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Margaret E Foster
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
Very disappointed with this book, It felt like the aim was to have quantity over quality.
Published 10 days ago by elizabeth simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Salads galore
This is a lovely book. I live on salads but they can tend to get a bit 'samey'.
This lovely presented book has given me some new ideas to liven up my lunchbox. Read more
Published 11 days ago by J. Leckie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
What a brilliant book with so many ideas that you wouldn't have thought of.
Published 13 days ago by Mrs. A. R. Hilton
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