Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October Book Giveaway: Mediterranean Fresh

It's time to give away another book! As I write that, I realize my birthday is 1 week away. Turning 30 is...fine. I'm actually too busy to get philosophical about it. The closest I've come to deep thoughts on aging is carefully conducted research into my skin care options. Which is kind of fun.

Last week, a clerk at the grocery store gave me what I can only describe as a verbal sneer as she demanded my I.D. for a wine purchase. Like she was disgusted by this 14 year old in front her trying to buy alcohol. When she saw my driver's license, she apologized and went on and on about how I look young for my age (but not young enough to be sneered at, seriously). She may have been a little wacky--or rude, if you want to get technical--but I'll take it:)

Now about this book: Joyce Goldstein's Mediterranean Fresh: A compendium of one-plate salad meals and mix-and-match dressings --pausing to catch my breath-- has a long subtitle. But, it only sort of sums up the recipes. If you think a book of salad recipes would get old, you'd be right. Luckily, this book uses the most expansive definition of "salad" available. It encompasses salads like Baba Ganoush (the Middle Eastern eggplant puree), shredded carrot salad with citrus dressing, lentil salad with chorizo, and collard green salad with yogurt dressing.

These salads could be mains, sides or appetizers. Some are meatless, some aren't. Roughly the first two-thirds of the book is composed of the salad recipes divided into various categories. The remainder is a collection of dressings that will delight anyone who prefers their food with something drizzled on top. I like how she points out that some dressings double as dips and some start out as something else entirely--think pesto, tapenade, harissa. These three examples are actually sauces or spreads that may be converted into dressings.

As before, I'll be giving this book away through a random drawing. Here's how you enter:

1) Leave a comment telling me what you typically have for lunch on a workday. I have been so tired of lunch lately, and I want to know what other people do. Yesterday I had one and a half pieces of whole grain toast with butter, cottage cheese and black pepper. Sounds weird, really tasty. But not much of a lunch.

2) Tell me your first name and your city. You must be located in the continental U.S. to win. Sorry, snail mail is pricey!

3) Leave your comment by Sunday, October 26, at 6 pm eastern time. The winner will be selected at random and posted by Monday, so check back to find out if it's you! Then email me your address so I can send your prize.

A copy of Mediterranean Fresh was generously provided by the publisher, W.W. Norton.


Eva said...

I usually pack a piece of fruit, some carrots, and indulge in a piece or two of dark chocolate. I have huge breakfasts, so I don't eat much in the afternoon. I enjoy waking up early and eating my breakfast, my favorite meal of the day.

I'm Eva and am in Beltsville, MD.

ttfn300 said...

This week it's a wrap, some veggies and hummus, an apple... and usually a little something sweet to end it :) I like to mix it up, too... soup's good with the cooler months coming!

shannon, boston :)

Chrissy said...

I usually have some type of sandwich (turkey or chicken) and some fruit. In the winter I love having vegetable soup. Thanks!


Chrissy said...

I usually have a sandwich (turkey or chicken) and fruit. Soup is great in the winter. Thanks!


Sarah said...

This will sound weird, unless you're Southern. I often rinse and drain a 15-oz can of black-eyed peas, dress the peas with a homemade vinaigrette, add some pickled jalepenos and a bit of chopped shallot, and eat them with some fresh spinach or arugula. This lunch is low-fat and tasty, even if it may sound odd!

Katie Kermeen Swisher said...

My lunch changes from day to day. Sometimes I bring in soup that I made the night before, or I'll bring in a can of soup to heat up. Other times I have groceries stocked in the office, and I'll have peanut butter on whole wheat bread or I'll make a salad or something. When I want to spoil myself a little, I'll go down the street to Cafe Patachou and indulge in one of their yummy salads!

I am Katie, and I live near Indianapolis.

RecipeGirl said...

Hi Julie, Lori from San Diego here.

I usually make lunch for my husband and myself since we both work from home. On a good day, I'll make a crustless quiche or whip up a great salad with grilled chicken. On a quickie day, it's pb and j! Leftovers always work too. Love a nice bowl of soup on a chilly day.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, I had a hard boiled egg chopped up with some sliced olives and low-fat ranch dressing. I had six saltines with it and a glass of unsweetened iced tea. No pleasure, no excitement, no good taste. Meg in Powder Springs, Georgia

Anonymous said...

Most of the time we have a salad and maybe some left over chicken.
Clemmons, NC

Anonymous said...

Hello there! I had some homemade chicken broth with veggies (my husband makes it on weekends to eat through the week), crackers and an apple from the local orchard.

Happy lunching,
Boulder Creek, CA

Diana Burrell said...

Sarah, I'm not from the south, but I think your lunch sounds divine!

My typical lunch is a big salad. I buy a spring herb mix from our local grocer, and top it with chopped cucumbers, quartered Campari tomatoes, and either buffalo mozzarella or Trader Joe's fake chicken strips. I dress it with a splash of balsamic vinegar, EVOO, and smoked salt. Believe it or not, the smoked salt makes *all* the difference here. It's just not my lunch salad without it. ;-)

Crystal Adkins said...

HI :) ok my lunch is usually whatever my son decides he wants.. you know the mommy usually will eat whatever I do or what is left over? Today it was pizza rolls and water.. not so healthy:(
My city is Ashland and the State is Kentucky :)
I hope to win! Crystal Adkins

Lauren said...

I pack a Mr. Bento every day that has 4 containers. In the bottom goes miso soup, in the next container some sort of protein (today turkey breast with sweet potato).
The top two have sliced veggies and fruit which is usually a mid morning and mid afternoon snack.
I am in Philadelphia, PA

maygirl7 said...

I am totally in a soup phase, so I often make soup and bring in the leftovers for lunch. If I don't have leftovers then I heat up a tamale.

Jennifer in Tucson

nicole said...

Lunch ... well, sometimes it's leftovers, but more usually I make up a big pot of something (like my quinoa soup, or a vegetable soup) on the weekend and eat that. It sometimes gets a bit boring but maybe I'll intersperse it with a lunch out with the work girls. And sometimes my mom gives me some of her yummy vegetarian chili (like this week) and I eat that :)

(SF, bien sur!)

Mo said...

Most often lunch is a big salad with leftover protein from the night before, goat cheese or gorgonzola, nuts, avacado and jicama. If I don't have that, I have a turkey sandwich with jicama, tomato, and avacado. I could eat either of these 2 lunches every single day.

I'm in Scottsdale, AZ

Topher said...

I usually get something at the cafeteria, something along the lines of a salad with broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and tomatoes with salsa instead of dressing and throw a grilled chicken breast on top. Mmmm..

Chris and I'm from Grand Haven, Michigan.

Lynn said...

For almost 60 years I have hated peanut butter. Peanut butter crackers, peanut butter frosting, YUCK! I always assumed I would hate peanut butter and jelly, too, but earlier this year I tried it, and Yum-O! I like it! It's my new favorite (and simple) lunch.

Cora said...

This time of year I love taking soup to work and heating it in the microwave. If I don't have homemade soup to take, I'll stop at Panera and pick some up, along with a chunk of fresh baguette. Also a Honey Crisp apple.
Carbondale IL

Andrew's Mom said...

Jenny from New York. Lunch is usually a hollowed out pumpernickel bagel, toasted with cream cheese and a little orange marmalade - yummy (that is usually breakfast too).

Jada Ach said...

For lunch this afternoon I enjoyed a black bean burrito filled to the brim with egg, jalapeno, red bell pepper, hot sauce, and avocado. Last weekend I made a big pot of beans & peppers, and I changed up the ingredients of the burrito throughout the week.

-Jada from Wilmington, NC

Anonymous said...

with apples in season I love an apple and a jar of peanut butter with some dates on the side. And i always keep some nuts to snack on during the day

Starre in Arizona

dlynthomas said...

I have unusual taste. I get stuck on one thing and have it over and over again. Lately it has been oatmeal. But other than my cravings, I usually eat leftovers from supper the night before.

Deidre'-Little Rock