Salad Days: Main Course Salads for a First Class Meal

Salad Days: Main Course Salads for a First Class Meal

by Marcel Desaulniers
     
 
Marcel Desaulniers, the prizewinning, bestselling author of such classics as Death by Chocolate, The Burger Meisters, Desserts to Die For, and Death by Chocolate Cookies, has finally had his fill of sweets -- at least for a while -- and he's ready to get to the main course. In the same way that Marcel turned chocolate on its head, with Salad Days

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Marcel Desaulniers, the prizewinning, bestselling author of such classics as Death by Chocolate, The Burger Meisters, Desserts to Die For, and Death by Chocolate Cookies, has finally had his fill of sweets -- at least for a while -- and he's ready to get to the main course. In the same way that Marcel turned chocolate on its head, with Salad Days he expands our idea of what salads should be: not salad-bar fare, but full meals melding the flavors of such savories as grilled eggplant, scallions, and plum tomatoes with leaf spinach, herbed couscous, and roasted garlic dressing.


We are all now aware that to improve our diets and our health, we need to boost our vegetable, fruit, and complex carbohydrate intake. With Salad Days, Marcel makes that easier to do and more fun and delicious in the process. Organized into four main sections -- Greens, Beans, Grains, and Fruits -- each of the thirty salad recipes is accompanied by two variations. These variations, like the original salads themselves, show the real care Marcel has taken to tantalize even the most finicky eater. For example, he rounds out the Roasted Root Vegetable Slaw by adding either Spiced Pork Burger or Ale-Steamed Chicken Breast. Likewise, the Oven-Roasted Fruit with Belgian Endive is still deliciously light enough for a summer afternoon when accented by either Lamb with Jicama and Anaheim Peppers or Pan-Seared Maple-and-Ginger-Coated Sea Scallops.


Salad Days makes a great addition to any cookbook collection because there's something for everyone. Each element of the salads is so delicious and clearly detailed that you just might want to make the Grilled Skewer of Ginger Chicken, the Crispy Corn Biscuits, the Panfried Black Turtle Bean Cakes, or the Peppered Honey-Lime Dressing on its own and forget about adding the leafy greens. As in his previous award-winning cookbooks, Marcel tells you exactly what equipment to use and which pantry items to stock; in his Chef's Touch section following each recipe, he supplies additional cooking tips, shares personal anecdotes of a lifetime of food, and complements each meal with a wine or beverage selection.


Whether you need an impressive dish for special guests or simply a delicious indulgence for one, Salad Days provides the inspiration and instruction for a first-class meal.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Desaulniers, executive chef of The Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, VA, is the prolific author of six other cookbooks, three of which feature fabulous desserts. In fact, his irresistible Death by Chocolate Cookies (LJ 12/97) was published just a few months ago, and perhaps that's partly why Salad Days doesn't seem to convey the same enthusiasm as the more indulgent dessert books. It includes 30 master salad recipes, grouped under Greens, Beans, Grains, and Fruits, with two variations for each; the basic recipes are vegetarian, the variations add meat, fish, or poultry. The recipes are clearly written, as always, but many of them are on the complicated side, and the tone of the lengthy chef's notes sometimes seems forced. Nevertheless, Desaulniers (who has had several TV cooking series) and his books are popular, and most collections will want to consider his latest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684822617
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.62(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.89(d)

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