COOKING & FOOD

Very Good Salads: Middle-Eastern Salads and Plates for Sharing

Smith Street Oct. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781922417862. $29.95. COOKING
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Since 2016, Allan and Rosenboim’s wildly popular Very Good Falafel shop has served up Middle Eastern–inspired street food to eager customers in Melbourne, Australia. The shop’s menu changes daily and always includes four different seasonal salads or vegetable dishes, the best of which are presented in this cookbook. The recipes are organized by season and showcase the vibrant flavors of fresh produce in an inspiring array of unfussy combinations and arrangements. In most cases, the salads are finished with a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing. Along with raw salads, the book features some enticing cooked dishes including vegetable pilafs, grilled salads, and stuffed tomatoes. The final chapter features recipes for homemade condiments and accompaniments including preserved lemons, harissa, pita, and, of course, the shop’s famous falafel recipe. All recipes are vegetarian.
VERDICT This effervescent collection of salads and vegetable dishes offers plenty of inspiration for family dinners and casual entertaining. Expect reader interest.
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