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30 review for The Complete Salad Cookbook: A Fresh Guide to 200+ Vibrant Dishes Using Greens, Vegetables, Grains, Proteins, and More (The Complete ATK Cookbook Series)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Roberts

    I am crazy about salads. This is by far the best salad cookbook I have ever seen. Stylish, flavorsome, and yet never pretentious and hoity toity! Every recipe is preceded by a brilliant paragraph headed why this recipe works. That enables you to take the principles behind the recipe and adjust them easily, or use them in other dishes.For example, here is why this recipe works for celery root, celery, and apple slaw.The word "slaw" brings cabbage to mind, but it can be delicious with other vegeta I am crazy about salads. This is by far the best salad cookbook I have ever seen. Stylish, flavorsome, and yet never pretentious and hoity toity! Every recipe is preceded by a brilliant paragraph headed why this recipe works. That enables you to take the principles behind the recipe and adjust them easily, or use them in other dishes.For example, here is why this recipe works for celery root, celery, and apple slaw.The word "slaw" brings cabbage to mind, but it can be delicious with other vegetables too. Celery root stays just as crisp as cabbage and brings distinctive texture and flavor to a slaw. Both salt and sugar help remove excess moisture from vegetables, with the added benefit of flavoring them, so we tossed shredded celery root with salt and sugar before draining it. Then we complemented its flavor with aboveground celery ribs and apples. A vinaigrette made with cider vinegar (to echo the apples) and Dijon mustard was a fresher, more flavorful alternative to a mayonnaise-based slaw dressing. To save time, we recommend treating the celery root before prepping the other ingredients. Use the large holes of a box grater or the shredding disk of a food processor to shred the celery root.America's Test Kitchen is the ant's pants! The recipes must be written by e.e. cummings.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Nooney

    I’m old enough to admit to being a fan of ATK/Cook’s Illustrated from the beginning. While I have not prepared or enjoyed all of their recipes, I have learned so much about food preparation and ingredients. Even if I am not a fan of a particular recipe, I still learn things about food prep, ingredients, and techniques. I own a dozen or so of the ATK/CI cookbooks and use them on a regular basis. Overall, I find most of the cookbooks to be “keepers”, to be books I return to again and again. That s I’m old enough to admit to being a fan of ATK/Cook’s Illustrated from the beginning. While I have not prepared or enjoyed all of their recipes, I have learned so much about food preparation and ingredients. Even if I am not a fan of a particular recipe, I still learn things about food prep, ingredients, and techniques. I own a dozen or so of the ATK/CI cookbooks and use them on a regular basis. Overall, I find most of the cookbooks to be “keepers”, to be books I return to again and again. That said, I find the salad cookbook disappointing. Some of the recipes I recognize from their other books. (I mention this because if you own a lot of their books, this book is rather redundant. This is, however, their new trend: make a cook book of one topic culled from recipes over the past decade or two.) If you are a long time follower of ATK/CI, this doesn’t feel like a book of brand new recipes. Another fault of this book is recipe time. I get that when you’re cooking beef or chicken for a salad, prep time can be longer, as the protein can take awhile to cook. In this book, recipes often take a long time to prepare: meats need to be marinated, veggies need to be picked, grains need to be cooked and cooled. I have made a few salads from this book, ones that have come together quickly. They have been good. As with most ATK/CI books, there are many good recipes. I’m b this book, I imagine many of the recipes may be good, however, the effort and timing do not make me want to rush out and try the recipes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Great recipes for salads of all kinds...so many recipes!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. This is a beautiful book! America's Test Kitchen does it again with this hardcover book of salads. With beautiful, colorful pictures and a variety of recipes this is a great cook book! The recipes are broken down by type and include easy instructions and tips. I like being able to see what the finished salad should look like. I also didn't expect so many recipes. Some are standard veggies-and-greens sa I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. This is a beautiful book! America's Test Kitchen does it again with this hardcover book of salads. With beautiful, colorful pictures and a variety of recipes this is a great cook book! The recipes are broken down by type and include easy instructions and tips. I like being able to see what the finished salad should look like. I also didn't expect so many recipes. Some are standard veggies-and-greens salads and others are more unique or complex. Overall an interesting find!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Denise McQuillen

    As with most of the cookbooks put out by America's Test Kitchen, there are many awesome recipes in here that go beyond the stereotypical "salad." If you haven't used these books before, know that these are "step-by-step" so can seem a bit tedious as first. However, I made the grilled Caesar Salad this past weekend, and it was fabulous! I will never use store bought Caesar dressing again, and a quick char on the romaine brought out serious flavor to something that can be fairly flavorless. I can' As with most of the cookbooks put out by America's Test Kitchen, there are many awesome recipes in here that go beyond the stereotypical "salad." If you haven't used these books before, know that these are "step-by-step" so can seem a bit tedious as first. However, I made the grilled Caesar Salad this past weekend, and it was fabulous! I will never use store bought Caesar dressing again, and a quick char on the romaine brought out serious flavor to something that can be fairly flavorless. I can't wait to make some of the 20+ others that I marked!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dray

    test Kitchen almost always does a great job in presenting a topic and this book is not an exception. There are probably not a load of salad books out there but this one is worthy, worthy, worthy. I always enjoy the beginning blurb - "why this salad works". The intro orientation to salad composition is remarkable. If you love salads and want to up your game this is a fantastic resource. Recommended. test Kitchen almost always does a great job in presenting a topic and this book is not an exception. There are probably not a load of salad books out there but this one is worthy, worthy, worthy. I always enjoy the beginning blurb - "why this salad works". The intro orientation to salad composition is remarkable. If you love salads and want to up your game this is a fantastic resource. Recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I'm having to return this cook book back to the public library, but there were a few recipes I had to copy and put into my own binder of recipes: Nam Tok (Thai beef salad), German potato salad, arugula salad with fennel and shaved parmesan, Gado Gado (Indonesian) and a Mediterranean Turmeric Rice and Chicken Salad with herbs. I'm having to return this cook book back to the public library, but there were a few recipes I had to copy and put into my own binder of recipes: Nam Tok (Thai beef salad), German potato salad, arugula salad with fennel and shaved parmesan, Gado Gado (Indonesian) and a Mediterranean Turmeric Rice and Chicken Salad with herbs.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Salads galore everything from your basic spinach salads to pasta and potato salads. Excited to try the Gajarachi Koshimbir, Roasted Grape and Cauliflower salad, and the Crispy Eggplant Salad recipes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    So many varied, delicious and intricate ways to enhance lettuce. An amazing new world of the salad is opening up for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pattie

    I've bought 3 copies of this book so far. It's just too wonderful not to share! Buy this book!! I've bought 3 copies of this book so far. It's just too wonderful not to share! Buy this book!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Delicious, healthy, easy to make salads. The photos make me want to try every recipe.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Good book and extremely helpful.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Lots of really good-looking recipes but can we not with all the onions in everything? Shoutout to r/onionhate

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy Friedman

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    Julaine

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    Stephanie Duff

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elisha

  18. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Andrews

  19. 4 out of 5

    Greena Simon

  20. 4 out of 5

    Judith

  21. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  23. 4 out of 5

    Doan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kit

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pati

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy G

  28. 5 out of 5

    Prontoreader

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Starr Zizza

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