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In this examination of salads, Sally Butcher has spread her wings. She does not confine herself to Middle Eastern cooking but "has gone beyond" and looks at salads in many different forms from all over the world. They are "fresh * seasonal * hot * cold * simple * exotic"

As with all her books, we get recipes, history, information and stories and the most beautiful photographs. It is a pleasure to hold and to read, but I suspect that anyone who picks it up just for the joy of looking at it, will soon be tempted to start using the recipes.

The book starts with an introduction which looks at the theory and practice of salad making from earliest times. The chapters that follow are classified by main ingredients, which I always find most useful, as I tend to plan my cooking depending on what I've got handy, rather than deciding on a recipe and going out to buy ingredients. This doesn't always work out exactly, but if you don't have all the correct ingredients, Sally Butcher's recipes are a wonderful jumping off point for your own inspirations.

The book ends with two chapters - The Dressing Room and The Prop Cupboard - and an extensive index. The Dressing Room tells you everything you need to know about dressings - how they work - what goes with what - fatless dressings - how to add a hint of sourness - emulsions - as well as specific recipes. It is an invitation to experiment. The Prop Cupboard, to quote, suggests how you can add "edible bling" to tired or boring salads to make them special and enticing.

My favourite recipes: Biryani Salad with Raitha Dressing and Black Forest Ham Salad with Sour Cherries - delicious (but so are the rest!)
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 November 2014
This is an excellent book that puts an end to the idea that salad isn’t ‘proper’ food. Ranging through recipes from around the world, this offers everything from dips (the Marmite dip is fabulous), through main meal salads, to fruit salads and salad desserts (peach salad with gingered cream, cake croutons).

One of the things I love about the book is that the recipes tend not to require hours of shopping, preparation and cooking time: this is time-, purse- and body-friendly stuff that is also convivial and delicious. Vegetarians are catered for and not made to feel awkward, though there is plenty here, too, for the dedicated meat eater.

This is personal preference but I get a little impatient with the cutesy stories, anecdotes and histories: I prefer my cook-books not to also masquerade as travelogues and coffee-table tome... but I appreciate that others might love this.

(I received a review copy via Netgalley)
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on 4 August 2014
This is a stunning book - much more than recipes, this is jam packed full of tales, anecdotes and interesting information from an author who clearly has a wonderfully eclectic and inquiring mind that infuses the presentation of these recipes from around the world with real enthusiasm and interest even for those of us not wedded to the kitchen. Although this is so much more than food, it also has to be said that the recipes are salivating and have even inspired this non cook to give them a go!
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on 9 November 2014
Brilliant book that pushes the concept of salad
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on 2 June 2015
This is a great addition to my "food" library, not only great recipes but also some amusing and
interesting and amusing "extras". If you are interested in food other than that of the "fast" variety I can recommend this book.
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on 14 February 2015
Really happy to have this. I have chosen half a dozen recipes to try over the next week or so, didn't quite know where to start as they are all tempting, and 2 down am excited about the rest. Healthy but far from boring!
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on 26 October 2015
Excellent book with very good recepies and Sally 's very good off the wall narrative. Everything I have made has been very good. I have two other books of hers which are also excellent.
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on 20 October 2015
Wonderful! Very exciting recipes and combinations I wouldn't think of putting together but which work fantastically well. If you want to juj up your salads this is the book for you!
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on 25 October 2015
Read reviews and probably expectations too high. Made couple recipes which were very good. Probably won't try most but something for everyone. Not life changing but good.
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on 13 June 2015
Fabulous book! I have all of Sally Butcher's books and this one does not disappoint!
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