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Insalate: Authentic Italian Salads for All Seasons
Published: June, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Just when it seems that all possible Italian cookbook topics have been exhausted, along comes a book illuminating a little-discussed course in the Italian meal: the salad. Simon (The Nantucket Table; The Nantucket Holiday Table)
provides more than 60 simple recipes for traditional, composed, entr‚e and numerous other salads, organized by season. Casual headnotes explain the origins of, and Simon's connection to, each recipe many are provided by Simon's Italian friends and
acquaintances. An introduction explains the history and subtleties of the Italian salad, noting that while the recent American trend has been to eat salad at the end of a meal, Italians may begin with, make a meal of, or conclude a meal with salad.
Simon, who runs a catering business in New York City, serves up favorites like Seafood Salad and Arugula with Parmesan and Pine Nuts, along with inventions like Italo-Sri Lankan Salad with pineapple, Asparagus and Vegetable Citronette. The Summer section
includes a Salad of Wild Greens and Herbs and a Tomato and Mozzarella Salad. Not all of Simon's salads rely on greens (e.g., Pasta Salad with Eggplant and Mixed Berry Salad with Blueberry Sauce), and many (Fontina and Roasted Yellow Pepper Salad, for
instance) are more likely to be presented as antipasto than as salad courses. What all these recipes have in common is their inventive use of fresh, in-season produce. 40 color photos. Agent, Marian Young. (June)Forecast: This little volume arrives just
in time for summer's lighter eating, and has an appealing look and feel that will translate into healthy sales.
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Since the first insalata on Sicily, tossed together
from the wild herbs and greens that covered the island, Italians have been enjoying the bounty of their fields and waters, creating fresh, flavorful salads. Insalate offers a delectable sampler of refreshing, authentic Italian favorites accompanied by
enchanting photographs of open-air markets, artisans, and vineyards. Organized by season to take advantage of produce picked at the peak of ripeness, over 50 simple yet exuberant recipes use fruits and vegetables to create glorious palate-pleasers. With
selections ranging from classic to contemporary, served as appetizers, main courses, or the crisp finale to a meal, Insalate offers a colorful way to recreate the flavors of Italy in your very own salad bowl.
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