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Lettuce in Your Kitchen: Flavorful And Unexpected Main-Dish Salads And Dressings Paperback – April 22, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (April 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068816062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688160623
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

If you have a thing for lettuce, a craving for greens, a garden begging to be eaten, or just a plain and simple passion for salads, Lettuce in Your Kitchen is the book for you. Coauthors Chris Schlesinger and John "Doc" Willoughby have written what might be the definitive volume on salads. Everything from the history of greens--they appear in Egyptian tomb drawings that are at least 4,500 years old--to a myriad of recipes is included. And these aren't iceberg-lettuce salads smothered in Thousand Island dressing, either. The authors believe in the full-meal deal in which salads can be appetizer, entree, or even dessert.

How about a Watercress and Grilled Chicken Salad with Mangoes and Grapes livened up with a curry-lime vinaigrette? Chris and Doc are masters of juxtaposition and tend to be more adventurous than classicists like Alice Waters. Try the Bitter Greens with Fiery Seared Squid, or Escarole with Papayas and Fried Plantains for a culinary experience not soon to be forgotten. Their approach isn't always as dramatic. There is an excellent chapter on simple salads, and gardeners looking for new ideas in late summer will appreciate the chapter on tomatoes. The most refreshing declaration the authors make is that there are no hard and fast rules in making salads. They openly encourage experimentation and substitution from the outset, and 100 different dressing recipes provide an exponential level of combinations. The ingredients guide references greens and other major ingredients, and shows what can be substituted in those desperate moments when arugula just can't be found. This is the third book from Chris and Doc. Their earlier works, Big Flavors of the Hot Sun and The Thrill of the Grill were both critically and popularly acclaimed, and Lettuce in Your Kitchen continues their tradition of bold, innovative cookbooks. --Mark O. Howerton

From Publishers Weekly

Schlesinger and Willoughby (The Thrill of the Grill) dazzle with this array of salads and dressings varied in texture, color and flavor. There are simple salads with few ingredients (Cary's Leaf Lettuce Salad with Orange, Fennel and Red Onion, tossed with a briny green olive dressing) and fancy salads featuring special-occasion ingredients such as lobster, shiitakes or foie gras. Unexpected combinations occur in Oak Leaf Lettuce with Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus, served with cashews and an orange-dill-sour cream dressing, or Mixed Cabbage Salad with Poached Shrimp and Hearts of Palm and a dressing made with avocado, cilantro, cumin seeds and lime. Beginning chapters include a glossary of 25 greens, another glossary for general-use ingredients and a guide to choosing, cleaning and substituting greens. Chapters range from Salads for the Perfect Tomato through Main Course Salads to Salads for a Crowd. Substitute greens are suggested for each recipe, as are additional uses for the dressing. Although it wouldn't work for a title, the authors spin a thrill into salads too, transforming a usually familiar course into an inventive, unexpected eating experience.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By the way, you can't miss with The Thrill of the Grill either!!!
J. Moore
Whether you need a refreshing main course for a hot summer day, or just some extra veggies in your diet, this book offers more ideas than you can imagine!
Jennifer Ann Horowitz
This is a great book to try interesting and healthy new salad combinations.
C. Walker

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in hopes of having a real tool for eating better. So many cookbooks have a few ho-hum salad recipes here and there, and some of the other salad cookbooks I've seen have recipes that are just too elaborate for everyday cooking. This book has a broad range of interesting and tasty salads that are easy to make. You will never get bored, and your friends and guests won't either. The dressing part of each recipe makes a large amount so that you can have extra to use later (I always make half of the dressing recipe, toss the salad with just a few tablespoons, and still have a lot left over). So if you can only muster the energy to throw some lettuce in a bowl some night, you will have great leftover dressing to toss it with. Since I've been using this book, I have stopped buying bottled dressing and have even started growing my own salad greens.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful. The recipes go a long ways towards helping with our ongoing effort to improve our eating habits and watch our weight, while still enjoying good food. Every salad I have made has been excellent. There is a large variety - side salads and main dish salads, substitutions are easily accomodated, and the author even has suggestions for alternative uses for left over dressing. One of my most used cookbooks.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
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After borrowing this book from the library...I can't wait to go home to try out the recipes...wasn't disappointed. Now I plan to order 3 copies of this book. One to keep, one for my sister and another for my brother.. all of whom are watching our diets.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2006
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The authors of Lettuce in Your Kitchen are far better known for their grilling cookbooks than for the vegetable plate. That's a darned shame, because this cookbook is an excellent resource for those of us who want to add something more to the meal than a standard greens-and-vinegarette.

Let me point out one omission that may make a difference to you: to Schlesinger and Willoughby, a salad encompasses some sort of greens, even if it's only as a garnish. As a result, you won't find a whole chapter of pasta salads or a dozen potato salads. That's fine with me, but you should be clear about what to expect.

What you SHOULD expect are clearly written recipes for salads that you probably wouldn't have invented by yourself. The book is organized by simple salads; salads for the perfect tomato; vegetable salads; salads with meat and fish; main course salads; salads with exotic flavors; fancy salads; and salads for a crowd. It's prefaced by an extrememly useful section in which the various greens are identified (with line drawings -- not quite as useful as a photo but it works), and categories that help you discover that, should your market be out of spinach, you can use baby chard or baby beet greens instead. The book has only a few photos, but they're enough for inspiration.

But what about their recipes? I've tried two with excellent success, and I have a list of additional salads to try. My "starter salad" for Thanksgiving was watercress salad with plums and scallions and a hoisin-based dressing. (Most of the dressings are more than you need, and the authors suggest that, say, the hoisin dressing is a good dip for veggies or with roast chicken.) Every plate was cleaned off, even the token non-foodie (he was instructed that he could NOT bring his own Budweiser to the meal).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Walker on November 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whoever thought you could say that about a salad? But they do. They rock! For a niche cookbook, this one has a lot of variety in flavors. Each recipe gives lettuce alternatives, which is helpful if you live in an area that doesn't carry a large selection of lettuces. Some of the combinations are quiet unique, such as one concoction of watermelon, red onion and vinegar - sounds a little kooky, but once you taste it, it all makes perfect sense. This is a great book to try interesting and healthy new salad combinations. I hope you enjoy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1999
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Found this book at the library, and have to own it! Includes useful charts so you can substitute available greens for those called for in the recipe. Eat your greens, they are good for you, and with this book you can make them delicious!
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