By Sally Butcher

Salmagundi is a 17th-century English observe denoting a salad dish comprising, good, every thing. the closest smooth similar is Fiambre, a Guatemalan salad containing in far more than twenty parts. This complete new booklet from acclaimed writer Sally Butcher seems at salad bowls internationally in one hundred fifty recipes. The recipes characteristic a few archaic, conventional and staple dishes – and a complete lot of funky new stuff besides. Divided into fourteen chapters (Herbs and Leaves; greens; Beans; Roots; Grains and Pasta, Rice, Cheese, Fish, Meat, Dips, Fruity Salads, Salads for Pudding, The Dressing Room, The Prop Cupboard), no stone is left unturned in pursuit of the final word salad recipe. Recipes are flagged the place proper with tags equivalent to 'super-healthy' or 'skinny-minny' or 'main course' to make it extra elementary. professional with Sally's trademark mix of folklore and anecdotes, and with images from popular meals photographer Yuki Sugiura, this can be a necessary replace for the foodie bookshelf.

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