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Mediterranean Fresh: A Compendium of One-Plate Salad Meals and Mix-and-Match Dressings Hardcover – May 17, 2008
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About the Author
Dan Barber is a chef and owner of several restaurants including Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York.
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Mediterranean Fresh is one of those cookbooks that become a kitchen staple. The 351 pages between the covers are chock full of recipes, pairings, tips, and anecdotes that we all felt that Joyce was with us in the kitchen while we were cooking. Her voice is so natural, tips so forthcoming that her years of experience in the kitchen and writing cookbooks shine right through and make the book extremely readable and interesting.
Headnotes were all relevant to the recipe, most contained tips, suggestions, and stories. We ended up reading several out loud when discussing a respective recipe. One guest even chose the Beets and Greens with Yogurt Dressing p.124 because of the headnote - "This dish is a visual bombshell because the beets tint the yogurt an electric pink" - how often do we get to make and serve something that's electric pink?!
The recipes were all pretty easy - on a 1-10 scale, most were ranked in the 2-4 range. And while they were not terribly difficult to make, some were time consuming and some have several ingredients which could be intimidating.
We all loved that each recipe had a primary dressing then alternate dressings as well as ingredients that could be added to offer options and variety. We also liked the dressing section in the back and appreciated the lists of recipes that the dressing worked with.
The favorite dressing was the Moroccan Charmoula p.326 - it was served with Moroccan Lamb Sausage p.255. We coined it "secret sauce" and decided that it went well on the Cheese-Stuffed Eggplant Rolls p.89, mixed into the Greek Country Salad, p.77, and drizzled atop the Couscous Salad p.176.Read more ›
From Tunisian Cauliflower, Artichoke and Potato Salad to Gazpacho Bread Salad to Turkish Chicken Salad with Walnut Tahini Dressing, Goldstein offers cool, healthy and different solutions to summer meals. The book is divided into two sections - 250 pages of salads and then almost 70 pages of dressings. Each salad includes a brief introduction, possible variations, and several suggested alternative dressings. Many are accompanied by sumptuous full-page photos.
There are seven salad chapters including the basic five - leafy greens, vegetables, fruit, grain, and bean, many of which can be augmented with protein. She also includes two chapters that feature meat or seafood as the star ingredient. Each chapter begins with a primer on the basic ingredients and some Mediterranean preparations tips.
From the simplest (Zucchini with Mint and Vinegar; Lentil) to the simply elegant (Duck Breast with Pears, Walnuts, and Belgian Endive; Green and White Asparagus with Hazelnut Cream Dressing; Smoked Trout Salad with Lemon Cream Dressing), from the homey (Bean Puree with Toasted Cumin Dressing; Spanish Rice Salad) to the refreshing (Moroccan Salad of Raw Grated Carrots with Citrus Cinnamon Dressing; Couscous with Almonds, Raisin, and Saffron Onions), Goldstein supplies plenty of opportunities for spicing up the summer palate.
There are also traditional salads - Greek Salad with Feta, Tabbouleh, Salade Nicoise and variations on tradition - Paella Rice, Pasta with Pesto Vinaigrette, Turkish Chopped Salad.
An attractive, inspirational book, which should gain a prominent place in any summer kitchen.
Tuna Tartare, Escabeche, Catalan Salt cod, Mussel and potato salad, Radicchio salad agrodolce, Veal & Tuna Vitello Tonnato, will have you cooking for days. There was no photo of the grilled squid stuffed with rice and shrimp but it sounded intriguing. There are few pictures, the pages are glossy so they would wipe clean. Most of the recipes are one plate meals.
"Mediterranean Fresh"...this book has those mouth-watering full-color pics that I always love to see. Don't be hasty in drawing a conclusion on a book about salads; this book goes waaaaay beyond a plateful of leafy greens. You'll be surprised at the salad recipes included here, plus Goldstein goes a step further by providing recipes for meat dishes that involve some of the marinades she presents (i.e., Grilled Chicken in Hot Pepper Citrus Marinade).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding cookbook- one of the best I have seen. High recommend for a purchase in this area of food prep.Published 29 days ago by Janet Roseblatt
Great recipes for this style of cooking with a lot more included. Excellent reference for herbs, greens, complimentary flavors and home made dressing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CoastalGal
This book has helped me cook better, eat better and feel better. Recipies are easy to use.Published 12 months ago by P. Agatstein
This book must have only 2 or 3 photos altogether. I might not use it as a result, though the recipes do sound wonderful.Published 12 months ago by Sarah
Would have liked to see more pictures of the finished product.Published 12 months ago by Louise Dasler