If you read this blog regularly you know that my vegan idol is Isa Moskowitz. I have made her recipes, participated in Chopped/Vegan, follow her on FB, and even went to a book party that wasn’t even for her because I knew she would be there.
That book party was for Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero who is now tied for the title of “My Vegan Idol!” Even thought she coauthored several books with Isa, my idea of Terry’s cooking was limited to what I saw of her on Vegan Mashup where I got this really great recipe for Chipocado Cookies.
And now I find myself sitting here totally impressed with Terry’s recipes. Her ideas are brilliant and creative and her writing is totally accessible and humorous.
I bought Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-To-Make Salads You Don’t Have To Be Vegan To Love at the book launch party at Mooshoes and had a great conversation with Terry. She is totally down to earth and lovable!
And yes, this book is an entire book of salads! ! couldn’t believe it to be possible but Terry has put together 100 super creative recipes that take salad to the next level. Terry organizes the book by seasons, uses regular ingredients that can be found in any store, and opines about the best ways to prepare salad. One of the best pieces of advice: use long tongs for tossing.
I read through the book and marked at least half of the recipes to try. I decided to start with the Mexican Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado (Esquites) and the Curried Tempeh & Apple Salad in Radicchio Cups. I also took Terry’s idea to roast chickpeas in myy chimichurri sauce (which I had in the refrigerator) and just served them on the side.
All three recipes deliver! Layers of flavor and easy to make. Not only that, but the book is loaded with deliciously beautiful and artsy photos and the design is simple and easy to follow.
Mexican Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado (Esquites)
Curried Tempeh & Apple Salad in Radicchio Cups