After years developing and sharing a sensory collaboration unlike any other, author and artist Julia Sherman has reshaped her famed Salad for President blog into book form. “Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists” incorporates a little bit of everything that one fell in love with on Sherman’s site. There’s visually stunning food photography, thoughtful interviews with artists and those living artistic lifestyles, and (of course) recipes drawn from the experience.
The book organizes the 70+ recipes neatly into sections. From “F*%K BRUNCH” to “Salad For The People: The Main Event” and “Salad On The Rocks: Cocktails, Soups Desserts and Other Abuses of the Format,” Sherman’s recipes extend beyond the ordinary. Recipes vary in complexity, but the sheer diversity of components, flavors and ultimate outcomes demonstrates the beautiful elasticity of the word salad. There is so much imagination at play, readers will understand that only an artist could have assembled such a guide to the senses. And yet, with all its inspired elements, nothing here is out of reach for the at home cook. Whether it’s “Laurie Anderson’s Roasted Eggplant Dip and Pile of Herbs” or “Yui Tsujimura’s Persimmon Caprese,” salad-lovers will find the unexpected—the hearty and savory, the fresh and light, all of it. Plus, it’s a window to how artists prepare the dishes themselves.
“Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists” can be pre-ordered online now for $23. It’s expected to ship 16 May.
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