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Fantastic, Whole Food, Vegetable Based, Satisfying Eating
on April 11, 2012
I LOVE this cookbook! I was a little intimidated when I read how many of her own vegetables Jeanne grows, but while there are a lot of somewhat exotic ingredients included in the book, she gives clear advice on where to find them or how to make substitutions if they're not available. The book is broken up into four sections: Vegetarian, Fish & Seafood, Poultry, and Meat (I'm sure a gourmet chef would disagree with me, but I've found that even the non-vegetarian salads can be made vegetarian quite easily without a great sacrifice to taste).
Along with countless salad recipes, the book also provides instructions on how to make a plethora of side items: dressings, breads, and sauces, along with salad elements (like roasted beets) required in the recipes.
There is a handy list of salads that can be made a day (or more) ahead of time, if you want to plan for tomorrow's lunch, as well as a timeline for which items can be prepared one, two, or three days in advance to save yourself time when you're ready to throw it all together (she also provides clear instructions on how to pack a salad to preserve flavor and crispness). The book also contains a list of salads which can be made without lettuce, if you have difficulty procuring it or want to find one at quick glance, a wheel to identify what is most likely to be in season at a given time, and an incredibly detailed and inspiring index of different greens you might use in a salad. This cookbook is quickly becoming my favorite go-to for any occasion!
There is no nutrition information provided for the recipes, so if that's important to you you'll need to estimate that yourself.
The only thing I wish this book provided was a list or glossary with recipes sorted based on some of the more hard-to-find ingredients (if I'm traveling an hour out of my way to pick up a few ingredients, it would be great to be able to easily glance and see which different salads I might plan on making with them that week) - but that is nitpicking an excellent, usable cookbook!