12 Months of Monastery Salads

Monastery SaladsWell, guess what I got for Christmas.

A dear friend, knowing my interest in cooking, decided to give me a cookbook.  And it is a lovely one!

Brother Victor-Antoine clearly loves his calling. The book is neatly arranged by month with 15-20 recipes for each, 200 recipes in all.  The recipes are well laid out, mostly for 6 servings each with a dressing or vinaigrette for almost every one. Simple line drawings of vegetables adorn the pages and many include bits of inspirational food-related wisdom.  For example, “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” (Goethe) or “Hospitality consists of a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The recipes are preceded by a section on Salad Basics and followed by sections on vinegars and dressings and tables of measurement equivalents

200 more salad recipes when I already have over 200!  But they certainly look too good not to try.  Lots of good eating ahead.  This book is a companion to an earlier one,  12 Months of Monastery Soups.  I’ll have to put that on my wish list for next Christmas.