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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Salad Love by David Bez

Salad Love: Crunchy, Savory, and Filling Meals You Can Make Every Day
ISBN: 9780804186780
Publisher's Synopsis:
Discover 260 hearty, flavorful, and beautiful salads
 that can be prepared in a flash with little more than a knife and a cutting board.
Determined to eat more vegetables for lunch, David Bez embarked on a personal challenge to create one new salad every day using seasonal, healthy ingredients. In Salad Love, he shares his favorite recipes from his yearlong experience.
Crunchy, savory, and incredibly satisfying, these salads go beyond your typical combination of lettuce, protein, and toppings to create vibrant, plant-based meals that offer something for every palate. In summer, try Oak-Smoked Cheddar, Peaches, and Blueberries; for fall, savor hearty Roast Chicken, Quinoa, Red Pepper, and Peanuts; in winter, fuel up with Ham, Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, and Dried Cranberries; and in spring, enjoy Egg, Asparagus, Croutons, and Pecorino.
Complemented by 280 full-color photographs, Salad Love invites to you explore inspired salads any day of the year.

MrsK's Review:
Today... it's all about the salad. This is such a scrumptiously designed book. Every salad has its own "photographed' page which brings the salad up close to your senses and taste-buds. The book is organized by seasons, so creating a "harvested" meal is quick.

David explains that he is not a chef (I disagree), he simply wanted to eat "healthier." Once inspired, he began researching "nutrition, eating seasonally, various ingredients: grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables."  He wanted to finish his lunch "feeling energized and ready to work." So he transformed a desk drawer and began shopping for what was "fresh, tasty, and quick." Using various cold ingredients, fresh or previously cooked vegetables, and fresh dressings... he was able to create his "fresh" salads at his desk for over 1,000 lunches. David "sets" your salad with simple tips: assembling the salad; basic ingredients; "raw" veggie combinations; "enhancing" proteins; tantalizing toppings-herbs-spices-dressings; plus which preparation tools will be needed.

After a year of salad lunches, David noticed how co-workers began "embracing healthier" habits. They even started "Salad Clubs!" An added bonus... these salads will fit "everyone's" time constraints, tastes, moods, and budgets!

Salads that "caught" my eyes:
  • Chickpeas, Couscous, & Cherry Tomatoes: pg. 43 5 summer ingredients with a refreshing vinegar/olive oil dressing
  • New Potatoes, Green Beans & Black Olives: pg.49 add in the chicken strips and top it with a basil vinaigrette
  • Feta, Watermelon & Fennel: pg.52 with a topping of pomegranate seeds and cashews (excellent hot August dinner)
  • Oak-Smoked Cheddar, Peaches & Blueberries: pg.59 goodness gracious this is one designed for company!
  • Roasted Peppers, Chickpeas & Barley: pg.65 a light and hearty salad for those August/September meals
  • Tuna, Couscous, Green Beans & Cherry Tomatoes: pg.133 add olives, feta, and olive oil with a splash of lemon
  • Celery, Chickpeas, Pumpkin Seeds & Mint: pg.189 surprising taste combo, add some light yogurt to olive oil/vinegar
  • Cauliflower, Green Beans & Spinach: pg.236 add shaved almonds and pesto for a full-filling meal
  • Pasta, Green Beans, Kale & Cottage Cheese: pg.268 so many possibilities with this salad (change out topping "go-to)
  • Cauliflower, Hazelnuts & Dried Apricots: pg.283 simplistic yum!
Salads that tantalize... ingredients that create new combinations, simple dressings which enhances the flavors...
Your salads will never be the same!
MrsK
golden,star,christmas,favourite,bookmark
Amazing... Satisfying... Goodness
Added to my shelf, my children's shelves, friends and Booked to Dine book club!
Do not forget this book... perfect year-round gift!

Meet the Author:
  DAVID BEZ is the author of Salad Pride, a blog that chronicles his personal challenge to make one new salad a day for an entire year. A home cook, David created the blog after his coworkers expressed interest in his daily lunches. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
BookLook Bloggers  
 http://crownpublishing.com/bookcat/cooking/3/?sort=Release%20Date

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