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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580080576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The founder and executive chef of San Francisco's boutique salad joint Mixt Greens, Swallow gives top billing to the humble salad in a collection that is by turns lush, lavish and imaginative, including signature dishes like the Park Ave (grilled chicken, herb-roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus and Parmesan), its meaty mate the Bachelor (with Yukon Gold potatoes, filet mignon and Roquefort), the Tokyo (Kobe beef carpaccio with fried leeks) and the Grove (Honeycrisp apples, fennel, spiced walnuts and blue cheese). Organized by season, and prefaced with a guide to maximizing on-hand produce, this volume gives salad makers an imaginative push, though they may hit a wall trying to source key ingredients like aged sherry vinegar, sweetbreads, quail eggs, and hedgehog mushrooms. The salad-averse will appreciate the Porky-mixed greens, roasted butternut squash, pork tenderloin and port reduction-and Swallow's bunless Kobe beef cheeseburger, served atop butter lettuce. Though some may be disappointed in the selection of dressings, nearly all of which are vinaigrette variations, this is a vital, inspired and varied collection that even steak-and-potatoes fans can appreciate.
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"If you only envision lettuce and carrots when you think of salad, this cookbook will widen your horizons."
--Library Journal, Best Books 2010: How-To list, 11/18/10

"Andrew Swallow, founder and executive chef at Mixt Greens, heard about your salad slump. And he's here to expand your horizons beyond boring lettuce with his new cookbook, Mixt Salads. Turn over a new leaf."
--VitalJuice.com, 5/19/10

"With the book organized by season, Swallow proves that salad is right for every occasion."
--Condé Nast Traveler, 5/17/10

"[I]ntriguing and fun to explore."
--San Francisco Chronicle, 3/21/10

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A creative and fun exploration of branching out from the same old boring salad.
E. Wells
What's more important, to me at least, is that the book has _AMAZING_ photos of the food.
Derek Dukes
The ingredient combination are really innovative and blend together amazingly well.
Martha M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By twilight58 on August 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As most of the other reviews have mentioned, the book is gorgeous--beautiful photos and clear easy-to-read text. But I totally disagree with the quick, easy, readily available ingredients claims made by other reviewers. I live in the far north suburbs of Chicago and shop at local farmer's markets (only available during the summer and early fall), but I do not have access to many of these ingredients. Also techniques are not explained, i.e. chiffonade of basil, which means to cut into thin strips. If I lived in California (where the author's restaurant is located) I might have access to opal basil, squash blossoms, pea sprouts, Blue Lake beans, hedgehog mushrooms, summer truffle, sharlyn melon, Gypsy peppers, sea beans, and yuzu juice (and those are just some of the uncommon ingredients from the first 86 of the 146 pages). The next time I plan a trip to California I would love to eat at his restaurant, but I won't be making any of these recipes myself. I definitely recommend checking the book out of your local library before making the decision to purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek Dukes on May 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
So we're all trying to eat healthier right? I've been doing my part, trying to eat more veggies, more salads etc., but it's so easy to fall in to a slump, get stuck in a rut of 'Chicken Caesar' or 'The Iceberg Wedge'. This book breaks you out of the ruts, throws in the concept of fresh, seasonal ingredients and will keep you going with a ton of fresh ideas you can either take right out of the book or use as a jumping off point for your own creation. What's more important, to me at least, is that the book has _AMAZING_ photos of the food. The really great thing is that as you nosh away, you'll forget you're actually eating something that's good for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Wells on June 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A creative and fun exploration of branching out from the same old boring salad. The voice of the author can be easily heard guiding you through fun and inventive recipes that will change your views of salad medleys forever. The photos are beautiful and show the reader how to make healthy salad creations that are perfect for an afternoon lunch at the office or to impress dinner guests alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Mayer on December 1, 2012
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The recipes in this book are very inspiring.. There are good photographs, but not for all of the recipes, I wish there were more photos. I haven't made one recipe from this book and I've owned it for over 1 year.. It needs special ingredients and seems to be a lot of work for making just a salad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha M. on May 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have already made three of the recipes in this book and been blown away by the results. The ingredient combination are really innovative and blend together amazingly well. Chef Swallow definitely seems like a passionate character - I love reading where he gets his inspiration. This is definitely a great gift book as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamison Otoole on May 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
...on salad.

No, really. Well executed and well done all around. I especially like the sustainable practices concept throughout.

Nice job.
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By Eric Gregg on October 15, 2010
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What I love about this book it provides three things - outstanding recipes, sumptuous pictures and teaches you how to cook remarkable things on the way to preparing these hearty salads. Whether its learning how to make delicious duck confit, how to adeptly prepare a tuna steak or how to smartly and savoringly cook asparagus, this is a true cookbook (and how to eat book) surreptitiously masquerading as a salad book. Strong recommendation is that when you make any of the dressings, go ahead and make extra. A+
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