200 Ways to Make a Salad – The Handy 1914 Guide is a new look at salads and plenty of them! Before I begin, I will state that I can’t comment on what the full final book will look like because I received an ARC (advanced reader copy). This particular copy did not have any photos in the book. This would have been a welcome addition and it’s possible they will be present in the final copy. With that in mind, my review is strictly related to the text and recipes that are included in the book.
Alfred Suzanne and Charles Herman Senn present this cookbook, of sorts, that first reared its head in the early 20th century. There are hundreds of recipes here, though they are not laid out in traditional recipe/cookbook fashion. This doesn’t appear to be a modern look at this old cookbook though, so it’s possible that this is how recipes were offered at the time of original printing. Myself, I am partial to having an ingredients list and instructions afterward.
I think the main appeal to this cookbook is to see the kinds of things that used to be considered common or acceptable when whipping up dinner parties or cooking for your family. You’re probably not going to make anything with aspic these days. You’re also unlikely to make a molded vegetable salad or many of these recipes. Multiple recipes, because they are salads, are written plainly and without measurements. Add in vinegar and mayonnaise might be listed, but you won’t find the suggested amount to add. On the plus side, they teach you how to make mayonnaise for yourself and even take a cheeky jab at those home cooks that think making mayo is too hard for them. (Hint: It’s not that hard, though it is faster to jazz up the jarred stuff).
Is 200 Ways to Make a Salad Recommended?
If you’re looking to cook with a specific ingredient, you’ll find 200 Salads to be pristinely organized. Sections include things like green and vegetable salads, meat, fish, and fruit salads. There is even a section for dressing. Each section has some witty commentary about various ingredients and the history behind some foods. The commentary and the historical look at what was popular back then (and what I won’t be eating today) made this book worth the read.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.