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Salad Love: Crunchy, Savory, and Filling Meals You Can Make Every Day    by David Bez order for
Salad Love
by David Bez
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Clarkson Potter, 2015 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's a rather different kind of recipe book. In David Bez's Salad Love: Crunchy, Savory, and Filling Meals You Can Make Every Day, there's more assembly than cooking required - and you can even do it at your desk just as he did!

In his This is Not a Cookbook intro, Bez tells us that he's 'a designer and food lover raised in Milan.' A salad lover, he was inspired to make a different one every day for his lunch and wanted it to be 'healthy, fresh, tasty and quick'. He found that the desktop preparation, and enjoyment of the result became 'a little Zen moment.' He has been making these healthy lunchtime treats now for three years!

Salad Love begins with instructions on salad layering and assembly - of a Base, Vegetables & fruit, Protein, Toppings, Fresh herbs, and finally Dressings & spices. The recipes (each essentially a list of ingredients for salad and dressing, underneath a mouthwatering color photograph) are grouped by season and labelled as Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian or Omnivore.

These appeal to me - you'll find your own favorites. For summer there's the Strawberries, Melon & Almonds combo or how about Anchovies, Cucumber, Red Pepper & Black Olives? In the Fall I'll try Shrimp, Red Rice, Cucumber & Nori and perhaps Feta, Couscous & Roasted Eggplant. In winter, I like the look of Apple, Celery, Walnuts & Pomegranate Seeds. And for spring (may it arrive soon!) I look forward to Sashimi Salmon, Avocado & Jasmine Rice. The dressings are mouthwatering too.

In my home, we enjoy salads almost every night with dinner so it's good to have new ideas of what to include in them. Whether, like me, you're simply looking for inspiration to impress family and guests, or - like the author - you're ready to dazzle colleagues with colorful lunch combinations, Salad Love has a lot to offer.

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