Mighty Salads

Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner--and Make-Ahead Lunches, TooTitle: Food52 Mighty Salads
Authors: Editors of Food52
Photographer: James Ransom
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-0-399-57804-5

“Salads are a place to play – to use up vegetables, sure, but also to have fun in the kitchen without the fear of messing up,” the editors of Food52 write in the introduction to their book, Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixty-page hardbound targets those interested in making a salad that is exciting, unique, and not boring tasting. Containing sixty recipes, it also adds tips in storing, cooking, do-it-yourself food projects, alternative additives, salad dressings, and garnishes.

After a foreword, introduction, and building blocks, six chapters include recipes and full color, full page photographs of most completed dishes. It ends with acknowledgments and an index.

Covering leafy, less-leafy, grain and bean, pasta and bread, fish and seafood, and meat salads, each recipe begins with a title, followed by a simplified content overview, serving size, and creator. The ingredients are listed down one side of the page with the directions beginning in paragraph form and then numbered bullet points. Often there are tips and tricks printed at the bottom of the instruction page with the colored illustration on the opposite side.

Some of the interesting recipes include Radicchio and Cauliflower with Currant-Anchovy Vinaigrette, Charred Broccoli and Lentil Salad, Radish and Pecan Grain Salad, Peanut Noodle Salad, Fresh Corn Cakes with Crab-Tomato Salad, and Slow-Roasted Duck and Apple Salad.

~Why ~
This cookbook focuses on all types of salads, especially eclectic combinations. I like the mix of many different items. The tips and tricks on every few pages are helpful and save time. The index is sorted by ingredient, not name of the salad, so it is a quick look-up if you have a particular item you want to use in the salad.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like salads or care for such odd combinations. There are no listings of preparation time or caloric information that some people must have due to their diet. Many of the recipes have hard to find ingredients that a regular food store may not carry.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included calories and a breakdown of carbohydrates, salt, fat, et cetera so that I knew what I would be eating. Too many of the recipes include items I do not have or would not buy.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book dedicated to hearty salads that contain unique ingredients and different combinations, this may be a nice choice, but it did not pique my interest.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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