If you know me in real life, you know that I love to cook and bake and make all sorts of things! So of course, when I get the opportunity to review a cookbook I jump on it!
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Bring on Mighty Salads by food52! This book is fabulous! What an absolutely Gorgeous book. From the moment I looked at the cover my mouth was watering. A good book description found right inside the cover of the book is “Does anybody need a recipe to make a salad? Of course not. But if you want your salad to hold strong in your lunch bag or carry the day as a one-bowl dinner, dressing on lettuce is t going to cut it.” The book is full of beautiful pictures not only of the recipes, but of different types of greens, herbs, vegetables, fruits etc.
There is a detailed table of contents divided by salad type: leafy salads, Less-leafy vegetable salads, grain & bean salads, pasta & bread salads, fish & seafood salads, and meat salads. A few pages later you will find a building blocks table of contents including: Go Greens, Cooking Smarter, Just DIY it, Power Proteins, dress well, and to garnish. I love that you can find the different recipes for dressings from this page. Maybe I have a taste for an orange flavored salad. I can look on the list and find the Orange Dressing on page 74! The only thing that might make this easier to use is if the dressings were listed in alphabetical order instead of by page number.
Each recipe comes accompanied by a picture (there were a few that were missing pictures but that’s ok!), which in my opinion, tips my decision to buy or not buy a cook book. If there are lots of pictures I am much more likely to buy the book than if there are recipes without pictures.
The recipe page of the two page spreads lists the ingredients clearly in an easy to read font. Number of servings are included as well as a quick description of the salad followed by a little more info about the salad. These descriptions really make me want to try to make every salad in the book. They make me hungry just reading them! Directions for each recipe are given with easy to follow numbers by each point. There are also short reasons why you do what it’s telling you to do. I find this incredibly helpful and a great learning tool that I can use while cooking other dishes. At the bottom of the page are some genius tips (not found on every single recipe.. but on most). These vary by recipe but are very helpful for substitutions if necessary or just tips to make salads better.
There are also pages about herbs and other items like eggs etc. How to take care of them, how to prepare them, how to store them etc. so very helpful! Overall I love this book. I can’t wait to make more recipes from it. Right now my favorite is the Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za’atar found on page 78, the Bagna Cauda Egg Salad on Rye Toast found on 89 and the Lemony Green Pasta Salad on page 90. Amazing book. You won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait to try some of Food52’s other books too.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Pictures from my kitchen will have to come later because sometimes you make something that just looks so good you can’t wait to eat it… and then you forget to take a picture!