Salads

Spicy Desert Lime and Watermelon Salad

Spicy Desert Lime and Watermelon Salad excerpted from Mabu Mabu: An Australian Kitchen Cookbook by Nornie Bero. Photography © Armelle Habib 2022.

Mabu Mabu: An Australian Kitchen Cookbook by Nornie Bero

In Mabu Mabu, charismatic First Nations chef Nornie Bero champions the tastes of native flavours in everyday cooking by unlocking the secrets of Australian herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits.

Nornie grew up on the island of Mer in the Torres Strait and while her wanderlust would take her to Italian and Japanese kitchens in Melbourne and London via Townsville, her home now is Mabu Mabu, a restaurant renowned in Melbourne and beyond for its innovative and delicious Australian Indigenous food.

This book, also called Mabu Mabu—which means help yourself—reflects Nornie’s approach to cooking: simple, accessible, delicious, and colourful! Her native pantry (explored in a comprehensive glossary of native ingredients) includes seeds, succulents, nuts, plants and herbs, and her recipes range from Pumpkin and Wattleseed dampers (for which she is known) to Kangaroo Tail Bourguignon to Saltbush Butter, Quandong Relish, Pickled Karkalla and Pulled Wild Boar.

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Tomato and Peach Panzanella with Smoked Mozzarella

Tomato and Peach Panzanella with Smoked Mozzarella

Tomato and Peach Panzanella with Smoked Mozzarella excerpted from Tomato Love © by Joy Howard. Photography by © Joe St.Pierre Photography by © Joe St.Pierre

Tomato Love: 44 Mouthwatering Recipes for Salads, Sauces, Stews, and More by Joy Howard.

Tomato Love is a joyful collection of recipes that celebrate the favourite high-summer fruit. There’s nothing quite like a luscious Brandywine or a sweet Sungold freshly picked from the vine, but tasty canned and jarred products ensure tomatoes can be enjoyed year-round.

The recipes in this collection invite year-round eating, new takes on classic dishes like red sauce and tomato soup, along with a mix of fresh ideas ranging from Sweet, Spicy, Smoky Barbecue Sauce, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Pumpernickel Croutons, to Caprese Pasta Salad with Salami and Shakshuka with Extra Veg.

Home cooks, backyard gardeners, and CSA members overwhelmed with the bounty of the season will find dozens of inspiring ideas for introducing variety into the everyday repertoire of meals.

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Salade Niçoise

Salade Niçoise

Salade Niçoise excerpted from Salad Freak: Recipes to Feed a Healthy Obsession by Jess Damuck. Photography by Linda Pugliese.

Salad Freak: Recipes to Feed a Healthy Obsession by Jess Damuck

Offering more than 100 inspired recipes, recipe developer and food stylist Jess Damuck shares her passion for making truly delicious salads.

Salad Freak encourages readers to discover and embrace their own salad obsessions. With the right recipes, you will want to eat salad for every meal and never get bored. By playfully combining colour, texture, shape, and, of course, flavour, Damuck demonstrates how a little extra effort in the kitchen can be meditative, delicious, and fun.

The recipes—such as her Citrus Breakfast Salad; Tea-Smoked Chicken and Bitter Greens Salad; Caesar Salad Pizza Salad; and Roasted Grapes, Ricotta, Croutons, and Endive Salad—are meant to be hearty enough for a meal all year round but versatile enough to be incorporated into a larger menu.

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Split Pea Salad with Warm Bacon-Sherry Vinaigrette

Split Pea Salad with Warm Bacon-Sherry Vinaigrette

Split Pea Salad with Warm Bacon-Sherry Vinaigrette, Sunday Best: Cooking Up the Weekend Spirit Every Day: A Cookbook by Adrienne Cheatham. Photography by Kelly Marshall.

Sunday Best by Adrienne CheathamAt the core of chef Adrienne Cheatham’s debut book is the deep sense that everyday moments should be appreciated, celebrated, and made special for those you love. In this stunning personal collection, Adrienne showcases her signature style of cooking, sharing more than 100 recipes that combine her family’s Southern roots, her classical training in professional kitchens, and her distinct point of view, full of multicultural influences.

Adrienne captures the culinary essence of “Sunday best” with fresh but familiar recipes that include a feast-worthy pork roast crusted with pecans, charred okra roasted with tomatoes and warm spices, skirt steak topped with chimichurri of sharp mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts tossed with a nutty brown butter. She also shares tips and methods for upgrading classic, staple recipes into a dish worth talking about, like a roasted chicken that gets incredibly deep flavour from a marinade made with stout and soy sauce or a split pea salad that suddenly feels special when tossed with a bacon-sherry vinegar glaze. (more…)

Salmon Niçoise Salad with Olive Vinaigrette

Salmon Niçoise Salad with Olive Vinaigrette

Salmon Niçoise Salad with Olive Vinaigrette, Apres All Day: 65+ Cozy Recipes to Share with Family and Friends. Photography by Ren Fuller.

Apres All Day: 65+ Cozy Recipes to Share with Family and Friends

For ski bums and non-skiers who enjoy the snow, here is a cozy winter cookbook of 65+ hearty recipes, plus beautiful photography that captures the après-ski culture and mountain town life.

Après-ski is more than just an afternoon beer in the lodge. It’s an opportunity to gather with friends and family over delicious food and drinks during the cold winter months.

This cozy cookbook invites home cooks of all levels to embrace the après culture all season long, whether they’re the first skier on the slopes in the morning or a nonskier who prefers to snuggle up by the fireplace.

There are recipes for every meal—because yes, you really can “après all day”—including Apple Pie Oatmeal as pre-ski fuel, Tater Tot Nachos, a.k.a. “Tatchos” for an indulgent snack on the couch, Classic Beef Stew with Cheesy Garlic Bread for a family potluck, and a well-deserved Kitchen Sink Skillet Cookie to end the day.

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Spicy Cherry Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Basil

Spicy Cherry Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Basil

Spicy Cherry Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Basil, Tables & Spreads: A Go-To Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings, and Inviting Feasts by Shelly Westerhausen Worcel.

Tables & Spreads by Shelly Westerhausen WorcelTables & Spreads is a must-have cookbook and resourceful styling guide from bestselling author Shelly Westerhausen.

Here are more than 60 easy-to-prepare recipes plus behind-the-scenes insight into creating a beautiful, inviting table for every occasion, including tips on choosing a theme, styling your food in creative ways, and achieving that “wow factor” with linens, flowers, music, and more.

There are 20 visually striking spreads that range from Ladies Night Lettuce Wraps to a Christmas Morning Dutch Baby Party, Dips for Dinner, and a Boozy Bloody Mary Bar.

Rich with gorgeous and instructive photography, Tables & Spreads is inspiring yet totally accessible, perfect for home cooks who like to host gatherings of all sizes, and those who loved Shelly’s first book, Platters & Boards. Complete with timelines, shopping lists, diagrams, and more, this book includes all the tools you need to make every meal delicious and unforgettable.

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Tuscan-Style Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella

Tuscan-Style Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella

Tuscan-Style Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella, We Can All Eat That!: Raise healthy, adventurous eaters and help prevent food allergies by Pam Brook. Photography © Alan Benson 2021.

We Can All Eat That!: Raise healthy, adventurous eaters and help prevent food allergies | 95 wholefood recipes for the family that eats together A must for parents of babies and toddlers (four to twenty-four months), We Can All Eat That! gives you everything in one place: a demystified understanding of the latest food allergy research and how changes over the past twenty years in the way we live, shop and eat have led to a food allergy crisis; eighty delicious recipes for the whole family developed in conjunction with leading chefs Sarah Swan and Sam Gowing; Royal Prince Alfred Hospital dietician Dr. Anne Swain’s extensive knowledge of nutrition and the interplay with allergic disease, food reactions and dietary restrictions; and everything you need to know about major food allergies and allergic reactions.

More than simply a book about allergies, the meals and ideas in We Can All Eat That! are created by a cook who takes great satisfaction in creating and sharing delicious, unprocessed food, and whose mission is to spark that joy in others. She does so in this book across nine beautifully photographed chapters: Breakfast; Soups & Salads; Pasta & Rice; Asian & Gentle Curries; Sides & Vegetables; Mains; Cakes, Puddings & Desserts; Dips & Snacks; and Saucy Sauces.

We Can All Eat That!: Raise healthy, adventurous eaters and help prevent food allergies | 95 wholefood recipes for the family that eats together is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Tuna, Bean & Onion Salad

Tuna, Bean & Onion Salad

Tuna, Bean & Onion Salad, Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence by Emiko Davies. Photography by Lauren Bamford.

Florentine: The True Cuisine of FlorenceStroll through the streets of Florence with the 2020 edition of Emiko Davies’ award-winning Florentine. This new format cookbook beautifully packages Emiko’s recipes, photographs and insights, each informed by her experience of Tuscany’s capital over more than a decade. As well, it includes new neighbourhood itineraries—from 24 Hours in Florence, to Day Trips Outside the City Centre, to Best Bistecca and Pastry Shops, to Shopping for Cook’s Tools.

Emiko’s recipes transport readers to the piazzas of Florence. From her torta di mele—a reassuringly nonna-esque apple cake—to ravioli pera e ricotta, mouthwateringly buttery pear and ricotta ravioloni—she shares an enchanting culinary tour of the city. Visit pastry shops bustling with espresso-sippers, hole-in-the-wall wine bars, busy food vans and lunchtime trattorias, and learn how and why the people of Florence remain so proudly attached to their unchanging cuisine.

It’s a cuisine that tells the unique story of its city, dish by dish. From the morning ritual of la pasticceria (the pastry shop) and il forno (the bakery), the tantalizing fresh produce of il mercato (the market) and il maccellaio (the butcher) through to the romance of la trattoria.

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Lady Lima Succotash Salad with Fresh Mint

Meals, Music and muses. Recipes from my African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls.

Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions―food and music―in Meals, Music, and Muses. More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region. Each chapter is named for a type of music to help readers understand the spirit that animates these recipes.

Filled with classic Southern recipes and twists on old favourites, this cookbook includes starters such as Hoppin’ John Cakes with Sweet Pepper Remoulade and Carolina Bourbon Barbecue Shrimp and Okra Skewers, and main dishes like Roast Quail in Bourbon Cream Sauce and Prime Rib Roast with Crawfish Onion Gravy.

Complete with anecdotes of Smalls’s childhood in the Low Country and examinations of Southern musical tradition, Meals, Music, and Muses is a heritage cookbook in the tradition of Edna Lewis’s A Taste of Country Cooking.

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Tender Lettuces, Haricot Verts with Green Goddess-ish Dressing

Salad Party by Kristy Mucci. Illustrated by Ophelia Pang.  Salad Party by Kristy Mucci. Illustrated by Ophelia Pang.

Greens, grains, veggies, dressings, and toppings—Salad Party is full of mix-and-match recipes for delicious, fresh, and flavorful salads. With a unique board book format, this playful cookbook makes healthy eating easy. The pages are split into thirds, featuring toppings, dressings, and salad bases.

The recipes in this book can be combined into thousands of different salads, with 30 recipes for each component. All you have to do is flip and pick, or open it at random for a unique and delicious dish.

  • Features everything from leafy greens and hearty grains to roasted vegetables, crunchy toppings, and creamy dressings
  • The board pages and flip format make this a one-of-a-kind cookbook
  • Playful illustrations accompany each ingredient and recipe

Salad Party is a fun board book for grown-ups filled with endless ideas to make delicious salads. (more…)