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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612432891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612432892
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mirabella offers delicious recipes for salad combos, dressings, smoothies, and other light meal ideas to perk up your lunch."—The Christian Science Monitor

"This cookbook is all about feeding you idea after idea, and then showing you just how to execute each on. Plus, salads layered in jars just look pretty! Who wouldn't want to eat these beautiful salads?!" —TheKitchn.com

About the Author

Julia Mirabella grew up in a household that emphasized Italian food and taught her to love cooking with fresh ingredients. When starting her first job as an attorney, she realized she needed to rethink her work lunches and started making Mason jar salads as a way of eating better. She lives in Washington, DC.

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I love the concept and I use her books for flavor ideas.
Shaunna T. Burnett
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to spice up their lunch routine, or looking for great on-the-go recipes you can prepare a day or a week in advance!
Holly Mattocks
The book would make a wonderful gift for that cook who has it all.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Hayes on April 5, 2014
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I bought another Mason jar salad book that didn't give any information about what size mason jars, or other things one could do with Mason jars. Ms. Mirabella has provided in-depth information about tools and processes - and excellent recipes. The pictures are wonderful, the ideas are brilliant. I have a problem with limited time to prepare and eat breakfast and lunch during the week. These are terrific make-ahead items to store in Mason jars, just grab a pre-made meal from the refrigerator and go. Thank you for the excellent inspiration!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matt & Chelsea Haynes on May 19, 2014
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I made my first 10 salads this week - 5 for me, 5 for my husband -- and am loving lunch every day. I've also taken to breakfast in a mason jar -- oatmeal, honey and cinnamon soaked in milk overnight is now my go-to.

The recipes in this book aren't complicated; anyone who can chop vegetables or boil water will be successful. Even better, the ingredients aren't exotic and can be found at any grocery store. The salads themselves are filling and scrumptious. The photography is lovely and the author gives helpful tips about how best to layer your ingredients (which is really the trick to a good MJS!).

Great purchase!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pattie on June 21, 2014
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Food in jars has surged in popularity over the last number of years, and no one is more appreciative of this clever way to store, serve, and display food than I am. That's why I didn't hesitate for a moment when I was offered a copy of this book to review by the publisher. I am in love with this book! While its subtitle is "50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go," it is so much more than that. Lunches, yes, but dinners, side dishes, and the convenience of having a fresh, delicious meal at arm's reach makes this book a necessity in every kitchen library. Imagine a busy day, no time or energy to prepare a meal, but a delicious and healthful one readily at hand, previously prepared and stored in the fridge in a Mason jar. This is the stuff dreams are made of.

It's a lovely book, loaded with mouthwatering pictures - so important in cookbooks - with an incredible variety of succulent salads from more commonplace green salads (though there is nothing at all common about these ingenious recipes and unique combinations) to breakfast, pasta, rice, snacks, you name it! I'm talking curried chicken salad, chili, potato salad, and ratatouille. I may need to buy an additional fridge, and certainly cases of Mason jars, to hold the ample and diverse jarred meals included in this book. The Porcini Mushroom Risotto is excellent, the Mango Salsa I could eat right from the jar. Who needs chips when you have something this good?

If you are a fan of homemade salad dressings like I am, let me tell you that this book is worth having for the vinaigrette recipes alone. I have had a different salad dressing every day this week and am stymied as to which one I like best. All of them have a summery freshness that makes me feel as if I am dining at some Oceanside resort.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Harrison on June 3, 2014
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After our wedding I had about a million mason jars, and nothing to do with them. I came across this book and immediately thought it was a wonderful, affordable, and practical idea. Since taking the mason jars to work, I have had no lunch spills in my purse, which is an impressive and positive statistic considering my track record before with pyrex! I have made several of these salads and breakfasts and enjoyed all of them. I appreciate that the author offers a few novel items, keeping with the season and the farmer’s market like sorrel, but unlike a top chef cookbook, I can easily find most of the ingredients in the book, even if I am not sourcing at the same places as the author. These recipes are quick, healthy, and portioned well. I find myself better able concentrate in the afternoon after making one of these salads, instead of the old 2 pm crash. I am filled, but not weighted down. I would highly recommend this book to busy people looking for healthy food.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathy L Thomson on May 8, 2014
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This cookbook is fabulous. It is filled with creative, healthy recipes all packed beautifully in mason jars. The size of this cookbook is perfect, more on the small size which is practical. The photos and layout are beautiful, and the directions are easy to follow. The recipes are delicious and colorful. I love the healthy smoothies, the snacks and dips, and the pomegranate and pear salad is out of this world! There are so many great recipes to choose from, I can't wait to try them all! I am preparing mason jar salads to bring to my next dinner party.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Holly Downes on May 12, 2014
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I got my copy on Friday and and immediately began to read through it - flagging my must try recipes. Before I knew it I had flagged every smoothie, salad, snack, dip and dressing. I love it!! The photography is beautiful, the size of the book is perfect, the tips and helpful hints are really helpful... But it's the recipes that are outstanding! Mason jars in various sizes and colors are readily available and I now have quite an assortment to choose from. Ms. Mirabella has made bringing my breakfast and my lunch fun again! And it is perfect for anyone on the go who wants to eat healthy, portion controlled meals presented in an imaginative fun way.
The ideas in this book aren't exclusively for the person who wants to bring breakfast, lunch or a snack to the office - the presentation is so inviting I can see myself making several of the varieties and serving them as pictured in mason jars on a buffet or as part of my place settings for a luncheon or dinner party.
This book also makes an excellent gift to a co-worker or a friend. Just pair it with a mason jar, tie a ribbon around it and you're good to go!
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