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The creator of the immensely popular Salad for President blog presents a visually rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists/creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters.   Julia Sherman loves salad. In the book named after her popular blog, Sherman encourages her readers to c The creator of the immensely popular Salad for President blog presents a visually rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists/creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters.   Julia Sherman loves salad. In the book named after her popular blog, Sherman encourages her readers to consider salad an everyday indulgence that can include cocktails, soups, family style brunch dishes, and dinner-party entrées. Every part of the meal is reimagined with a fresh, vegetable obsessed perspective. This compendium of savory recipes will tempt readers in search of diverse offerings from light to hearty: Collard Chiffonade Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing and Crouton Crumble, Heirloom Tomatoes with Crunchy Polenta Croutons, or Flank Steak and Bean Sprouts with Miso-Kimchi Dressing. On the lighter end there are Grilled Hearts of Palm with Mint and Triple Citrus, Persimmon Caprese, and fresh Blood Marys. The recipes, while not exclusively vegetarian, are vegetable-forward and focused on high-quality seasonal produce. Sherman also includes insider tips on pantry staples and growing your own salad garden of herbs and greens.   Salad—with its infinite possibilities—is a game of endless combinations, not stifling rules. And with that in mind, Salad for President offers a window into how artists approach preparing their favorite dishes. She visits sculptors, painters, photographers, and musicians in their homes and gardens, interviewing and photographing them as they cook. Utterly unique in its look into the worlds of food, art, and everyday practices, Salad for President is at once a practical resource for healthy, satisfying recipes and an inspiring look at creativity.


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The creator of the immensely popular Salad for President blog presents a visually rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists/creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters.   Julia Sherman loves salad. In the book named after her popular blog, Sherman encourages her readers to c The creator of the immensely popular Salad for President blog presents a visually rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists/creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters.   Julia Sherman loves salad. In the book named after her popular blog, Sherman encourages her readers to consider salad an everyday indulgence that can include cocktails, soups, family style brunch dishes, and dinner-party entrées. Every part of the meal is reimagined with a fresh, vegetable obsessed perspective. This compendium of savory recipes will tempt readers in search of diverse offerings from light to hearty: Collard Chiffonade Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing and Crouton Crumble, Heirloom Tomatoes with Crunchy Polenta Croutons, or Flank Steak and Bean Sprouts with Miso-Kimchi Dressing. On the lighter end there are Grilled Hearts of Palm with Mint and Triple Citrus, Persimmon Caprese, and fresh Blood Marys. The recipes, while not exclusively vegetarian, are vegetable-forward and focused on high-quality seasonal produce. Sherman also includes insider tips on pantry staples and growing your own salad garden of herbs and greens.   Salad—with its infinite possibilities—is a game of endless combinations, not stifling rules. And with that in mind, Salad for President offers a window into how artists approach preparing their favorite dishes. She visits sculptors, painters, photographers, and musicians in their homes and gardens, interviewing and photographing them as they cook. Utterly unique in its look into the worlds of food, art, and everyday practices, Salad for President is at once a practical resource for healthy, satisfying recipes and an inspiring look at creativity.

30 review for Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    I was drawn to this cookbook because of its' unique concept. Once I dug in, I could feel Julia’s love for healthful salads and fresh ingredients. I enjoyed her creative approach, ingredient mixes, tips and the interviewing of artists who provide inspiration for the recipes. It was a super combo. I love salads but am lacking in the creativity department. Julia has given me hope that I will be able to more easily diversify my salad plates. A fine example of a cookbook that not only has beautiful p I was drawn to this cookbook because of its' unique concept. Once I dug in, I could feel Julia’s love for healthful salads and fresh ingredients. I enjoyed her creative approach, ingredient mixes, tips and the interviewing of artists who provide inspiration for the recipes. It was a super combo. I love salads but am lacking in the creativity department. Julia has given me hope that I will be able to more easily diversify my salad plates. A fine example of a cookbook that not only has beautiful photos but has so much more inside - substance and inspiration. Thanks to ABRAMS books for providing me an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love salad and when I heard about this book, I had to see it. Julia Sherman has created a brilliant book where she visits artists and finds that they all love salad. Each of these artists share one of their favorite recipes. Not only do you get a glimpse of the artists but you get so many healthful creative recipes, this is a sure win for anyone who can appreciate visual and flavorful art! In this book, you will meet Alice Waters, William Wegman, among others. The photography makes you want to I love salad and when I heard about this book, I had to see it. Julia Sherman has created a brilliant book where she visits artists and finds that they all love salad. Each of these artists share one of their favorite recipes. Not only do you get a glimpse of the artists but you get so many healthful creative recipes, this is a sure win for anyone who can appreciate visual and flavorful art! In this book, you will meet Alice Waters, William Wegman, among others. The photography makes you want to grab a fork and dig in! There are also drawings, like the cover. Simple, creative and beautiful. What I love about this book, is it breaks out of the typical lettuce and vegetable mold. It's exhausting to think of salad as only that, and this book shows you so many more ways to celebrate produce and healthy living with colorful, nutrient dense dishes. From main meals, to appetizers, side salads...this is a complete and delicious addition to your kitchen.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan Raggiani

    This book has a lot of good recipes for salads if you like a fancy schmancy salad. I don't usually have the ingredients for most of these salads at home and I know my husband who is has a simpler pallet would never eat most of these. That being said, I would order many of these recipes in a restaurant. The pictures are amazing and make them look delish. The best part of this book is all the interviews and stories with fellow salad lovers. Just a great combination of a good recipes and a good rea This book has a lot of good recipes for salads if you like a fancy schmancy salad. I don't usually have the ingredients for most of these salads at home and I know my husband who is has a simpler pallet would never eat most of these. That being said, I would order many of these recipes in a restaurant. The pictures are amazing and make them look delish. The best part of this book is all the interviews and stories with fellow salad lovers. Just a great combination of a good recipes and a good read!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eric Peterson

    Beautifully laid out book (illustrations, photography, design) and the artist conversations and anecdotes are more enlightening than not but damn if 95% of these recipes aren’t wildly expensive or rarified due to their ingredient lists—super intimidating (but I marked a few down to try)!

  5. 4 out of 5

    i r e n e

    A good book for decorative purposes. The spine looks good when it comes to home decor. As for the actual recipes, I quite liked their simpler recipes. I was obsessed with the za'atar recipe. I enjoyed skimming through the profiles about cool LA people. Some of the ingredients were a little bougie so I couldn't always find them, which prevented me from trying out some of the recipes. A good book for decorative purposes. The spine looks good when it comes to home decor. As for the actual recipes, I quite liked their simpler recipes. I was obsessed with the za'atar recipe. I enjoyed skimming through the profiles about cool LA people. Some of the ingredients were a little bougie so I couldn't always find them, which prevented me from trying out some of the recipes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate M

    As a cookbook it was just ok, nothing groundbreaking or earth shattering, nothing new in salads. But as an art book it was beautifully done, more like 3 stars. I didn’t think I’d care about reading about the artists but that was what I enjoyed most.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nanya

    Beautiful, unattainable salads and interviews with friends or connections of the author. A book blind to its own privilege. Definitely not a cookbook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    This book has creative stuff in it but it's got a fair amount of esoterica in the ingredients a few people cringe that the book is overlong on the artists and you can't find a book that's more cliquey, pretentious and esoteric... someone said that this book appeared in a few lists for quarantine cooking, and i think that's pretty amusing because when the book calls out for black mint, myoga flowers, bee pollen and pomegranate molasses, we haven't even touched the pea shoots (oops tendrils) and othe This book has creative stuff in it but it's got a fair amount of esoterica in the ingredients a few people cringe that the book is overlong on the artists and you can't find a book that's more cliquey, pretentious and esoteric... someone said that this book appeared in a few lists for quarantine cooking, and i think that's pretty amusing because when the book calls out for black mint, myoga flowers, bee pollen and pomegranate molasses, we haven't even touched the pea shoots (oops tendrils) and other wacky vegetables and mushrooms and crap you got to buy that you'll rarely see in a Ruth Reichl cookbook! Red Kuri Squash that tastes like roasted chestnuts, watermelon radishes, lacinato kale, sunflower shoots, and pea tendrils. but for an artsy cookbook, it's acceptable ...if you know what you're getting into one review i say had this interesting remark: "What other words can I come up with to let you know how much I hated this book? When cookbooks disappoint, I am often amused, or perhaps annoyed. But this one made me truly angry... I have cooked professionally and know how to source out ingredients. I would have a very hard time finding every ingredient for most of these recipes." another "even the comfort food salads are ridiculously esoteric" if you like seeing freaky salads in strange restaurant menus and say, i think i might even 'try' that! this is the book for you! I feel that making a salad isn't Modernist Cooking techniques or cooking with foam, or sous vide, and it's just a couple of crazy vegetables and 'black mint' and bee pollen, so it's no big deal. Make three salads out of the book in your lifetime, and the book served its purpose! oh yes... Julia Sherman was born and raised in New York City, so the goodreads listing with Minsk is just putting two different people together. I think the Alice Waters bit squeaked the book into a buy for me, and though i feel ambivalent about some of the wackiness going on, the creativity is okay... I can think of a lot of hyped restaurants with way way less imaginative stuff.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rooks

    4.5 stars, but I’m waiting to make more recipes before bumping it up. I really dig this book, and I thought the concept was intriguing. Have made one dish, it was delicious if I liked that sort of thing, and though my tepid relationship with mint in savory or fruity combinations prevented the recipe from being a 100% as-is keeper for me personally, it made me A LOT more open minded about trusting the author’s palate.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    4.5… maybe even a full 5 after I try a few more recipes. This is an absolutely beautiful book! Some of the ingredients are seasonal or a bit uncommon but most of the recipes tell you that from the beginning, tell you exactly where you can find said ingredient, and several even included substitution recommendations. I loved the interviews and the sections in the back on pantry staples, tools, and the several different index’s that organize recipes by season, artisan, and ingredient.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Beautifully put together. Love the stories and the casual notes on preparing the dishes. For example, in the Grilled Prociutto-Wrapped Treviso with Hidden Boquerones, when substituting endive for treviso: "Endive has a higher water content than treviso, so it won't crisp in the same way, but the prosciutto will, so who's complaining?" Beautifully put together. Love the stories and the casual notes on preparing the dishes. For example, in the Grilled Prociutto-Wrapped Treviso with Hidden Boquerones, when substituting endive for treviso: "Endive has a higher water content than treviso, so it won't crisp in the same way, but the prosciutto will, so who's complaining?"

  12. 4 out of 5

    ohm

    Can’t live without salad!! Great recipes ( kale lentil, cumin cauliflower, golden beet carpaccio are all astounding). Some are complicated, some easy as heck, but all great and using ingredients in new ways. This cookbook is a keeper and also a good read😀

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Floreano

    Lots of recipes here that were out of my comfort zone; some I tried, some not so much. I loved the stories quite a bit and the book left me inspired to try combining different ingredients in new dishes for 2018.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette Guerzon Mills

    The artist/musician/architect/landscaper/activist interviews that are interspersed between recipes are excellent. The photography is gorgeous. The ingredients in many of the recipes are on the more exotic end for the average American kitchen, but look tasty. I enjoyed this very unique cookbook.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    At times, it just felt like a bit or two of veg or fruit vs a straight-up salad, but she's got a whole gorgeous book so I'll let it slide. That said, I'm kind of into making my own creative salads so this book wouldn't be super useful to me. At times, it just felt like a bit or two of veg or fruit vs a straight-up salad, but she's got a whole gorgeous book so I'll let it slide. That said, I'm kind of into making my own creative salads so this book wouldn't be super useful to me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    Beautiful cookbook, creative fresh salad recipes and lots of photos. Most of the recipes were beyond what I am willing to do as a home cook, one of those "this is how I would eat if I had a personal chef" type books. Fun to look at though! Beautiful cookbook, creative fresh salad recipes and lots of photos. Most of the recipes were beyond what I am willing to do as a home cook, one of those "this is how I would eat if I had a personal chef" type books. Fun to look at though!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Favorite new cookbook. Everything I've made has been quick and scrumptious. Favorite new cookbook. Everything I've made has been quick and scrumptious.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Cross

    Nice try; some interesting recipes, some simple artwork and commentary --little unique or notable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    hey there sara

    Still cooking my way through it, but really enjoying the recipes and visuals. Not quite as salad-y as I thought it would be.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Not one I'd buy, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's way beyond salad (in my view). I found myself drawn in to the visits with artists when I thought I was only there for the recipes. Not one I'd buy, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's way beyond salad (in my view). I found myself drawn in to the visits with artists when I thought I was only there for the recipes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This book is both beautiful and informative. If you like art, artists or food, you will revel in the beauty of this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Juliet

    Salad reading made fun!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ania Gaska

    Salad is fun! fancy! delightful!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vjera

    Super creative and artistic. Fun interviews with artists. Crazy salads. Not sure I was a fan of the ingredients down the middle of the recipe. And not going to make any of the recipes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gaye

    What a beautiful book! Vibrant images and a variety of recipes from artists around the world make this a book to savor. Each chapter has information about the Artist Salad/Salad Artist. Readers are sure to find at least one salad they're eager to make and eat! (read on NetGalley) What a beautiful book! Vibrant images and a variety of recipes from artists around the world make this a book to savor. Each chapter has information about the Artist Salad/Salad Artist. Readers are sure to find at least one salad they're eager to make and eat! (read on NetGalley)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Murdock

    Oh my goodness! If I had this book January 2nd, I certainly would have followed through on my resolution to eat more salad! Not to worry, though. It is the perfect time to plant many of the greens and other ingredients found in this book for future enjoyment. When I first started the book, I thought that I would comment that I liked someone who elevated a humble side dish to sit on a pedestal. Now that I've cracked the spine, I take that back, and then some. Each salad is composed with careful t Oh my goodness! If I had this book January 2nd, I certainly would have followed through on my resolution to eat more salad! Not to worry, though. It is the perfect time to plant many of the greens and other ingredients found in this book for future enjoyment. When I first started the book, I thought that I would comment that I liked someone who elevated a humble side dish to sit on a pedestal. Now that I've cracked the spine, I take that back, and then some. Each salad is composed with careful thought to textures, and flavors. Spices are balanced with creamy labneh, capers, anchovies, ghee, black pumpkin oil, banana flowers which are all explained and blended with perfect partners. I may never eat a non-salad meal again. The recipes and their introductions are bookended by interviews with artists. I found myself leaving the pages to visit long time favorites such as the William Wegman and his beloved Man Ray in videos, and Laurie Anderson's wonderful concerts for dogs. Artists unfamiliar to me, such as Yui Tsujimura's natural glazed tea bowls or Ron Finley's activism via gardening, opened new worlds for me, through which I hope to often travel. After having taste buds shocked and sated, and imagination provoked through the first part of the book, my left brain was engaged with recipes for staples like preserved lemons and picked mustard seeds, a list of pantry staples to be purchased, and tools for the task. Lastly, a thorough collection, and description of, greens and vegetables that can be grown in my own garden. All of this, with gorgeous photos, and joyful drawings. I highly recommend this book. It is a treat for all the senses, and engages us all in the artistry of the earth and the palate. Thank you, Netgalley.com, for the advance copy for review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Muriel

    Salad for President has a formula of profiles and recipes. The recipes are not entirely vegetarian but are plant forward. If interested in creative types lives or commentary the profiles can be interesting but if not a waste of space. I was not fully invested in this book because I was not interested in the people. Note: I was allowed an advance copy of this book to review. In no way did that affect my opinions

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Salad For President is more than a book of salad recipes, it also contains photos and interviews. The photos are of the food, not a lifestyle, and the interviews are with artists across a range of mediums. After each artist interview a recipe is presented that blends their art and personality, it is a pretty cool idea.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Guldenbrein

    Whoa. This cookbook totally took me by surprise. I had enjoyed Sherman's blog and was excited for a whole book of salads, and was confident the recipes would deliver. They did. But what really got me was the introduction, where Sherman describes how her art practice came to be about service and sharing. Since I'm thinking a lot right now about developing my own art practice, and how it can fit into my academic career, Sherman's unpacking of her unusual but relatable practice really spoke to me. Whoa. This cookbook totally took me by surprise. I had enjoyed Sherman's blog and was excited for a whole book of salads, and was confident the recipes would deliver. They did. But what really got me was the introduction, where Sherman describes how her art practice came to be about service and sharing. Since I'm thinking a lot right now about developing my own art practice, and how it can fit into my academic career, Sherman's unpacking of her unusual but relatable practice really spoke to me.

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