One thing most of you don’t know about me (until now) is that I love to read cookbooks. From cover to cover, like a novel. I am much better now, but I used to ask for cookbooks almost as much as other kinds of books. They are just so pretty and delicious and hard to resist.
So, when I saw Salad Love, I couldn’t resist. I have a lot of cookbooks, but not one that is solely about salads. And, if you are anything like me, you have good intentions about making salad more often, but then end up not doing it. Especially in the winter, it is hard to come up with something new and interesting, using seasonal and local ingredients.
Salad Love is full of pictures of colourful salads. And, they are categorized according to season. Sometimes in Canada and other cold countries, it’s hard to eat entirely by season if you want to eat any kind of fresh fruit or vegetable ever in the winter. But, this book gives ideas on how to make a salad using colder weather ingredients such as beans and lentils, rice, barley, couscous, cabbage, kale, and grated root vegetables.
The best thing about Salad Love, is that it inspires me to want to eat salad. When I look through it, my mouth starts to water and I want to rush to the store to get some fresh vegies and feta cheese (mmm… greek salad). What a refreshing change from looking through my usual books filled with cookie and cake recipes, and getting out the butter and sugar to start baking. Although, I have to admit that this will never stop happening. Still, it’s good to have a salad first.
Here is the one salad my whole family will eat, Taco salad:
We do try to eat healthy around here most of the time:
But sometimes these are just more fun to browse through:
David Bez’s book is a result of his popular blog Salad Pride, which he created after his co-workers expressed interest in the different lunches he prepared for himself each day.
Do you like to read cookbooks cover to cover? Do you have too many cookbooks, but find it hard to give any away, just in case you might suddenly need one of the recipes within (even though most of your recipe browsing is now done online)? Do you have a favourite salad recipe? A favourite cookbook?
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.