Salad Freak: Recipes to Feed a Healthy Obsession
When a cookbook author or chef asks me to review, write a blurb, or compose a foreword for a new book, I request a galley or an early copy. Then I wait until I am very hungry to open it and start to read. If I immediately begin to salivate, make mental notes about this or that, or dog-ear pages for future reference, I know I am going to like the book, and I know the readers who buy it are going to be pleased to try many of the recipes. This is what happened immediately with Salad Freak. Jess Damuck’s first book is a pure joy to look at, to read, and to cook from.
I have known Jess for several years—in fact, she worked in the test kitchens and on the television sets of Martha Stewart Living. Dressed in her signature, colorful (primarily acid yellow) cotton jumpsuits, with her straight dark brown hair caught in an unruly ponytail, she was always serious about any task she had to undertake, thorough in her preparation, and fastidious without being fussy about her presentation of each and every recipe.
This book is full of practical, smart, and sometimes unusual solutions to a vast subject matter—the matter being SALADS: their ingredients, their preparation, their seasoning, their dressing, and their serving.
I happen to crave salads and eat at least one each day. Many of these recipes caused me to rethink combinations of ingredients—the incorporation of fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, spices, dairy products, and even meats and fish into one-dish wonders. I now have a whole new encyclopedia of combinations to last me many months and even years, for the mix-and-match approach really is limitless when it comes to making a salad.
The valuable glossaries—lists of pantry staples, dressings, fresh ingredients, etc.—are imperative to read and remember. And the glorious photography captures the essence of each salad, as well as clearly illustrating each and every ingredient contained in that salad. Jess is a very accomplished artist/illustrator/art director—skills she has been honing her whole life! And the no-nonsense but fun dialogue Jess has with her recipes is fresh and different from other books.
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