LEON Big Salads

Conran. (LEON Big). Apr. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781840918250. $24.99. COOKING
LEON, the prolific cookbook producers (LEON Happy One-Pot Vegetarian) and the group behind the UK fast-food restaurants, are back with their latest effort to encourage the masses to eat more plants, although some recipes also include meat. These salads break stereotypes and are mains and sides, hot and cold, and can be served all year. First, cooks are given an introduction to salad construction that provides the foundation for substitution and improvisation in the kitchen. Recipes are labeled for dietary preference and are accompanied by accurate prep and cooking times. Design color schemes are warm and inviting and are accompanied by beautifully styled photography. The vegetables genuinely shine on the occasional two-page spreads, which brim with tempting dishes. Included is a wide variety of flavors, and the chapter for making salads from leftovers is perfect for weekday lunches. Dressings and crunchy things, an extensive index, and a glossary of UK versus US terms finish the book and provide great pantry practicality. Recommended for libraries with LEON fans and those searching for easy cooking that doesn’t skimp on flavor or fresh ingredients.
VERDICT A diversity of recipes with big flavor and vibrant energy will make this a hit with library patrons.
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