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Kick-start your way into creative salad making.,
This review is from: Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or Less (Hardcover)
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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.
Chickpeas, couscous and cherry tomatoes with parsley and vinaigrette
Carrot, sugar snap peas and avocado with a dressing of coconut milk, dessicated coconut and fresh ginger
Blackberries, cottage cheese, spinach and croutons with a vinaigrette of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Pasta (penne), black olives and chilli
Prawns, mango, spring onions and chiili with a soy sauce vinaigrette
As you read through the book you realise that you don't have to follow the recipes slavishly. The principles of being highly creative rubs off on you and before long you can think up your own salads with your own favourite ingredients. However, it's fun to follow the recipes exactly from time to time and to see how good David's combinations actually are.
The book is divided into four seasonal sections beginning with summer. You may wonder why this is necessary but it's nice to see in the winter section for example, that there are plenty of apples, root vegetables, red cabbage etc, while in summer David includes strawberries, nasturtiums, courgettes.
It is difficult to do justice to this book with mere words. The production values are extremely high and the photography and layouts are a visual feast in themselves. This would make an unusual gift for someone who like cooking, but may also be useful for someone who's meals tend to be stuck in a rut. But buy it for yourself and you'll really enjoy this new take on the lunchtime salad.