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chartz's picture

Salad Cookbook (post #62958)

Recently we found a cookbook dedicated to eggs, by Michelle Roux... an excellent book!

Now we are looking for a cookbook dedicated to salads. Does anybody have any suggestions? We have found many excellent salads in Fine Cooking that we make on a regular basis.

I'm sure there are some readers here who have extensive collections and meaningful opinions!

Regards, Charlie

Marie Louise's picture

YES!

http://www.amazon.com/Mediterranean-Fresh-Compendium-Mix-Match/dp/0393065006/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1218669984&sr=8-1

I've been meaning to come back and write a report about Joyce Goldstein's Mediterranean Fresh. I haven't actually cooked anything out of it yet-although her recipes are always stellar-but I have read it. I am so impressed with how it is written. Lots of great ideas for salads; each salad has a suggested dressing recipe and suggestions for alternative dressings. What is particularly nice is that the alternative dressings have page numbers listed!

The back half of the book is a 70-page chapter "Mediterranean Vinaigrettes, Salad Dressings and Sauces." Under each recipe is a list of the salads that this recipe is used on-again, with all the pages listed.

This is one of those rare cookbooks that I'd really like to just cook my way through.

Here's one example of a recipe:

Smoked Trout, Carrots and Cucumbers. The suggested dressing is Mixed Citrus Dressing I, w/ Lemon Cream Dressing and Caper and Garlic Citrus Dressing as alternates.

SallyBR1's picture

I just ordered it.

WHY, OH WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME????????????????

Research is to see what everybody has seen and to think what nobody else has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

(through MadMom, March 2008).
Marcia's picture

I don't have the book which Marie Louise recommended, but I do have several other Joyce Goldstein books; you cannot go wrong with her -- it's likely to be a book you will use often.

Edited because I screwed up the tagline. Gotta go back to profile and try again. sigh.

Edited 8/16/2008 10:36 am ET by Marcia


Edited 8/16/2008 10:36 am ET by Marcia

Marie Louise's picture

Because I love you, and I know you will LOVE this book.

SallyBR1's picture

Well, what can I say?

I know I'll love the book, every single thing you recommend I have a tough time resisting.....

'cause I am EAAAASY, I AM EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING.... YEAAAAAAAH!

Research is to see what everybody has seen and to think what nobody else has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

(through MadMom, March 2008).
Jean's picture

I'm tempted myself.  Just the idea of pages of dressings sounds--- maybe too confusing. I'll wait till the feeling passes.



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Marie Louise's picture

Here's an example of some of the dressings:

One section is "Creamy dressings that double as dips":

Creamy Dressings-Tahini, Tarator (toasted nuts added to tahini dressing, w/ yogurt; yogurt dressing.

Cream-Based Dressings-Lemon0Cream; Tarragon-Mustard

Nut-Based Cream Dressings-hazelnut; walnut-cream

Cheese-Based Creamy Dressing -Gorgonzola or Roquefort Cream

Mayonnaise-Based Dressings and 8 variations.

The tahini dressing has a few paragraphs about tahini. She discusses how to use it, how to turn it into a salad dressing and how to use it as "a superb finishing sauce." There are 22 recipes that use this tahini dressing, so I could make it on Sunday and use it a few times.

SallyBR1's picture

I can hardly wait.... really!

the tahini will be my first to try, I am absolutely crazy for it....

Research is to see what everybody has seen and to think what nobody else has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

(through MadMom, March 2008).
Jean's picture

I feel myself weakening by the minute.  sigh.



A merry heart does good like a medicine: Prov. 22:17



http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Marcia's picture

I feel myself weakening by the minute.

To add another note, the recipes are healthy, not to mention delicious. Hee.

Jean's picture

It's a conspiracy.



A merry heart does good like a medicine: Prov. 22:17



http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
SallyBR1's picture

I am shocked. Not in a million years would I, or Marcia - participate in anything remotely close to a conspiracy.

We are simply trying to help you, because you seem to be in need of guidance.

that is all.

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).
Jean's picture

I snuck a peek on the NPR site. I think I'll check it out at the library before I commit, but it's in my basket on Amazon. :)



A merry heart does good like a medicine: Prov. 22:17



http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Marcia's picture

That's not a bad idea, even if you do cast aspersions on innocents like Sally and myself. Another sniff.

Jean's picture

You have to do something about that runny nose! :)



A merry heart does good like a medicine: Prov. 22:17



http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Marcia's picture

You are a smarty pants, but I actually DO have a runny nose -- that's what *I* get for being the same. ;-)

Marcia's picture

Thank you, Sally; you and I are simply too high minded for Jean to comprehend. Sniff,sniff.

Heather's picture

It's a great book Jean--you really need it!

SallyBR1's picture

Thanks for helping, Heather - I am sure Jean will come to her senses real soon

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).

Marie Louise's picture

I bought it after thumbing through it at Heather's house. She started it! :-)

SallyBR1's picture

On Friday I told PHil I was feeling so overwhelmed with my list of recipes "to try soon", that it was now a done deal: no need to even think about getting another cookbook

he does not know yet that one more is on its way. I guess I COULD say I placed the order long ago and it was back ordered and I forgot all about it and so it does not count, and it would be unfair to make fun of me, and I am basically a very nice person full with good intentions.

oh, well

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).
Marcia's picture

Um, Sally, are you familiar with the saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."? LOL

SallyBR1's picture

Very familiar. We have a similar saying back home....

:-)

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).
Marcia's picture

Some things are universal.

Marie Louise's picture

Just imagine if you lived near enough to drop in at Heather's and my homes! Each time we see each other, one of us shows the other cool stuff to buy. A casual, "Have you seen this cookbook?" or "Check out this knife..." No pressure, just wonderful sharing among friends.

We could have such fun if you came here on your sabbatical...

Heather's picture

Marie is right--and I have a new rolling pin coming in the mail any day to prove it!

Come visit us--we will outfit your kitchen!

Marie Louise's picture

Hee, hee.

Mine came on Wednesday; I got it in red-much cuter than the mint green and lavender ones we saw. I haven't done anything but heft it yet-it is a perfect weight.

Heather's picture

Let me know how it performs--I may need one of those too. Yes, that red was a lovely color!

Edited to add--we can't get together again until I save up some money!


Edited 8/17/2008 11:10 pm by Heather

SallyBR1's picture

Until 2010 I will have time to save money.... I might need it

:-)

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).
SallyBR1's picture

GOT IT!

SO glad I did.... Fantastic book, I am in love! Made the salad with lettuce and garbanzo beans, wow, wow, wow!

this book is a MUST HAVE FOR EVERY CTer. If you do not have it, order it right away. Period

(I guess a THANK YOU is in order, Marie Louise.... :-)

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).