Saturday, April 4, 2015
Salad Love by David Bez
Salads take the spotlight in this visually arresting cookbook that showcases a year's worth of weekday recipes so exciting you'll want to eat salads every day.
At the request of his co-workers who were constantly admiring his lunches, David Bez started the photo-driven blog Salad Pride, embarking on a year-long challenge to create one new salad every day. The blog instantly gained popularity for its creative salads that require no special cooking skills. The cookbook Salad Love pairs his vibrant photographs with accompanying recipes arranged around seasonal produce.
Recipes include Egg, Asparagus, Croutons, and Pecorino for Spring; Crabmeat, Avocado, Nori, and Cucumber for Summer; Kale, Raspberries, and Blackberries for Fall; and Manchego, Dried Apricots, Fennel, and Radicchio for Winter. Many salads in the book require only a cutting board and a knife, so lunches can be made fresh at your desk. With an emphasis on fresh, whole foods, and innovative flavor combinations, these salads truly excite and inspire.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I am terrible at cooking. You can ask me to make ramen, and I will probably still find a way to burn it or mess it up. In fact, I've even been known to char frozen pizzas. Because of that, my husband is the one who does all the cooking in our house. So when I saw a "cookbook" that didn't involve cooking, I was all for it. I immediately requested Salad Love. It was a very good decision.
Salad Love is a great cookbook if you like experimenting with new things, which I do. It has all sorts of combinations to make a great salad. Some of which I had never thought to combine together in a salad before, such as strawberries, or rice. The book features vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and omnivore salads. It also has things you can swap out, which I found useful. For example, there is a recipe for a vegan sweet potato, red cabbage, and and cherry tomato salad. However, it also has an omnivore alternative where you can add chicken breast, or smoked ham. I appreciate that because my husband loves to eat meat, and I prefer to eat vegan/vegetarian whenever possible. With this book, we can do both.
The salads in Salad Love are beautiful. Not only are they beautiful on the page, but they are beautiful when you make them as well. Also, they taste delicious. I have made a few of them, and I have loved every single one I have made so far. It also helps lighten the work load on my husband, since I can easily make these for both of us instead of having him cook something.
I loved Salad Love. I can't recommend it enough. I will definitely be using it on a weekly basis, if not a daily basis. It's a healthy way to eat. It's also fun to try new salads, and to experiment with what the authors of the book suggest to see what you can come up with. I will definitely buy copies for some of my friends whom I know will enjoy it.
I give Salad Love: 5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.