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Twelve months of monastery salads : 200 divine recipes for all seasons
D'Avila-Latourrette, Victor-Antoine.
Publication Information:
Boston, Massachusetts : The Harvard Common Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xiii, 256 pages: illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TX837 .D235 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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People now savour and enjoy salads all year round. Some of the reasons salads are so popular are that they are easy to put together, there are endless variations to please every taste and palate, and they seem to always provide a wonderful contrast of flavours, textures, colour, and nuances. Monastic cooking relies a great deal on the seasonal harvest of our gardens, farms and orchards. Nothing is so deeply appreciated at the monastic table as a well-arranged, well-balanced salad, the end result of our own cultivation and the thrifty creativity of the monastic kitchen. The recipes here exalt the values of health, nutrition and the refinement of taste.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A Benedictine monk and nine-time author follows up his Twelve Months of Monastery Soups with a similar ode, this time to the healthful, palate-pleasing salad. D'Avila-Latourrette, resident monk at Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery, near Millbrook, N.Y., has collected hundreds of eclectic salad recipes from around the world. Arranged by the month, each of these mostly vegetarian salads (some contain egg, cheese or fish) call for the fruits, grains and vegetables appropriate to the season. Salads range from classics such as Caesar Salad and German Potato Salad to rustic Dutch-Style Egg and Cheese Salad, on to more exotic fare, such as Capered Deviled Eggs with Beets and Remoulade Sauce. The recipes are user-friendly and contain helpful suggestions on how and when to serve each dish, as d'Avila-Latourrette tells readers whether a salad is appropriate for a celebration or an outdoor picnic, if it should be served chilled or at room temperature and if it should be eaten before the entr?e or as a palate cleanser before dessert. Each page contains an appropriate and entertaining proverb or brief quote about eating, cooking or the spiritual life. A section on "Salad Basics" and another on "Salad Oils, Vinegars, and Dressings" frame the recipes at the beginning and end of the book, respectively. (Apr.) Forecast: National radio and print campaigns will put d'Avila-Latourrette's book in the spotlight. The book jacket, featuring the author dressed in his monk's robes standing among bowls of fresh produce, certainly stands out from the rest of the offerings on the cookbook shelf. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved