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Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 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.

One of my favorite salads so far is the Corn and Blueberry Salad with Lime Vinaigrette. I have been crazy about the inclusion corn in salad ever since first having it in Italy in 2000. They must have had a bumper corn crop that year because every restaurant in every city we visited featured corn in the salad. I love that tasty, colorful little addition. Blueberries are another favorite, undervalued in salads, I think, providing a blast of juicy deliciousness and welcome hint of sweet. I customized the original recipe by using a mixture of romaine lettuce and my own homegrown sorrel, and layering it in a quart jar. Sorrel has a bit of a lemony taste making it perfect with this salad combination. It pairs beautifully with the lime vinaigrette and really makes the flavor of the berries pop. (For the complete recipe, check my blog [...]) This salad, and many others, are restaurant quality, and make a satisfying and filling meal when paired with a crusty piece of bread or tasty biscuit or muffin.

I highly recommend this wonderful book. No matter how many cookbooks you have in your collection, make room for this one. You'll thank me later.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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
on May 9, 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
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book is amazing!!! The recipes are creative, interesting, delicious, and best of all healthy!! The layout is beautiful, the pictures make me drool, and the recipes are easy to understand and follow. My favorite part is that there is something for every meal in this book: salads, smoothies, breakfasts, soups, entrees, and even dressings! It also has a ton of recipes for vegetarians. This book is perfect for busy people who don't have a lot of time but who want to eat healthier and save money. I can't wait to try all the recipes!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2015
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First of all, the number of salad recipes in this book is rather small. There are also smoothie recipes and other lunch recipes, like pasta or potato salad that can be put in a mason jar. The salad recipes are good but the amount of olive oil used is astronomical. For instance, one recipe calls for half of a zucchini to be cooked in 2 tablespoons of oil. Most of the dressing recipes contain 3 tablespoons of oil to make 1 to 2 servings. I cut down significantly on the oil with no problems. Also, she calls for a pint sized jar on most recipes but I have found if I follow her measurements, even with smooshing down the ingredients, I have trouble fitting it into a pint sized jar.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2014
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I got this for my mom, a salad enthusiast who has gotten bored with her usual lunches. She loved it. The recipes are creative, unique, and delicious!

Now I'm the favorite child!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2014
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I just got my Mason Jar Salad cookbook today and I am so excited about it. It comes just in time when I am tired of the same old lunches for work everyday. The recipes make me want to try summer picnics for parks, concerts and other outings. Ms. Mirabella has some great ideas here for making healthy salads that are both portable and delicious. Since we are now so concerned with the environmental and health issues surrounding plastic using mason jars as containers is a great way to address those concerns. Mason Jars are easy to find in any grocery store and can be reused. I am fondly reminded of all my grandmother's jams, jellies and pickles and yet these are all fresh recipes that can be whole meals or satisfying sides. The pictures are lovely and enticing and the recipes are clear and easy to follow. Also, I think this is a great book for inspiring young people to eat healthy.
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