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Community : Salad Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen - Hetty McKinnon

Community

Salad Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen

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Published: 1st May 2014
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Community is all about sharing good food, giving you endless ideas on delicious salads to serve up for your family, friends and neighbours. These simple, sustainable and healthy recipes feature fresh, seasonal produce and inject colour, life and flair into that most modest of everyday meals: the salad. Rather than being simply sides,Community's salads are meals in their own right, giving vegetables, legumes, herbs and nuts their moment to shine.

The recipes in Community are inspired by author Hetty McKinnon's community kitchen, Arthur Street Kitchen, where Hetty single-handedly makes and delivers homemade salads to residents in Surry Hills, Sydney, on Thursday and Friday every week. All by bike! Hetty's salads use only the freshest produce, sourced locally wherever possible. Inspired first and foremost by the seasons, Hetty also takes cues from what she sees, smells and experiences from the world around her. At the heart of every dish is a core vegetable, around which a thoughtful culinary story is built, resulting in honest, inventive and hearty salads that deliver big, punchy flavours.

About the Author

Hetty McKinnon is a home cook who grew up devouring the colours, aromas and flavours of her mother's ebullient Cantonese cooking. Formerly a beauty PR, she is now the one-woman show behind the incredibly successful Arthur Street Kitchen, whipping up flavour-packed salads and sweets in her home kitchen then delivering them by bike to hungry Surry Hills locals. Hetty lives in Sydney with her husband, Ross, and three children, Scout, Dash and Huck. Community is her first cookbook.

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4.7

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Easy to read (10)
  • Deserves multiple readings (9)
  • Well written (8)
  • Informative (5)
  • Page-turner (3)

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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual reader (7), Bookworm (6), Everyday reader (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A real staple.

I first discovered Community after I was fortunate enough to be fed one of the salads in it by a work colleague.

Many of it's recipes are now staples in my...Read complete review

I first discovered Community after I was fortunate enough to be fed one of the salads in it by a work colleague.

Many of it's recipes are now staples in my weekly menu.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

While completely vegetarian, the salads are so delicious and hearty they will even convert the most stubborn of meat eaters!

In my opinion, Community proves unequivocally: you DO make friends with salad.

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simple

The recipes in this cookbook are definitely simple and nutritious. It is a simple cookbook to read and the layout and photography is beautiful.

However, the majority of these recipes are...Read complete review

The recipes in this cookbook are definitely simple and nutritious. It is a simple cookbook to read and the layout and photography is beautiful.

However, the majority of these recipes are very VERY similar to Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes. As someone who owns and regularly uses Ottolenghi's cookbooks, I did not learn anything new, nor was I greatly inspires. It was disappointing to me that some of the recipes are exactly the same to recipes in Ottolenghi's Plenty and Plenty more. The only changes seem to be adding a spice here or some cheese there. I believe it is important to credit other chefs/cooks if you lean on their ideas so heavily. Interestingly, Ottolenghi regularly credits where/who inspires his recipes, which has allowed me to look up other cookbooks and interesting recipes.

If you are looking for a great collection of vegetarian recipes, look no further than Ottolenghi.

Don't get me wrong, the recipes are delicious and simple to make. However, they are not original.

This cookbook would potentially be good for someone who is new to cooking and may be a bit overwhelmed with a larger cookbook.

If you do own the Ottolenghi cookbooks, then don't bother with community. Save your dollars!

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5.0

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    Quite possibly one of the best cookbooks in my collection

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    5.0

    Perfect salad meals

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    from Newcastle

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      Simple, delicious easy to make salad recipes. Salads that can be eaten as a meal or as sides.
      The style and layout of the book makes it a delight to use. The story of Arthur Street kitchen is heart warming and a wonderful reminder of the importance of sharing and community.

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      5.0

      A real staple.

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      from Newcastle, NSW

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        I first discovered Community after I was fortunate enough to be fed one of the salads in it by a work colleague.

        Many of it's recipes are now staples in my weekly menu.

        I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

        While completely vegetarian, the salads are so delicious and hearty they will even convert the most stubborn of meat eaters!

        In my opinion, Community proves unequivocally: you DO make friends with salad.

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        5.0

        Delicious

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        from Perth, AU

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        This book is fabulous, gorgeous layout, easy to read, great photos and every recipe is just delicious.
        It would make a beautiful gift but is a handy at home reference of some yummy vegetarian dishes that are hearty enough to be meals in themselves.

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        5.0

        Beautiful recipes

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        from Melbourne, AU

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          Beautiful salads that I had never ever thought to make.

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          2.0

          simple

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          from sydney

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          • Easy To Read
          • Well Written

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          • Disappointing

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            The recipes in this cookbook are definitely simple and nutritious. It is a simple cookbook to read and the layout and photography is beautiful.

            However, the majority of these recipes are very VERY similar to Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes. As someone who owns and regularly uses Ottolenghi's cookbooks, I did not learn anything new, nor was I greatly inspires. It was disappointing to me that some of the recipes are exactly the same to recipes in Ottolenghi's Plenty and Plenty more. The only changes seem to be adding a spice here or some cheese there. I believe it is important to credit other chefs/cooks if you lean on their ideas so heavily. Interestingly, Ottolenghi regularly credits where/who inspires his recipes, which has allowed me to look up other cookbooks and interesting recipes.

            If you are looking for a great collection of vegetarian recipes, look no further than Ottolenghi.

            Don't get me wrong, the recipes are delicious and simple to make. However, they are not original.

            This cookbook would potentially be good for someone who is new to cooking and may be a bit overwhelmed with a larger cookbook.

            If you do own the Ottolenghi cookbooks, then don't bother with community. Save your dollars!

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            3.0

            simple

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            from sydney

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            • Disappointing

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              This is a simple cookbook that provides simple and easy to follow veg recipes.

              I was disappointed that a lot of the recipes in this book are very VERY similar to Yotam Ottolenghi's cookbooks. Some of the recipes are exactly the same, with slight amendments such as adding a slightly different spice or a cheese. As someone who owns all the Ottolenghi cookbooks, I did not feel that I learnt anything new or was greatly inspired.

              I would recommend Plenty or Plenty More, Ottolenghi's cookbooks for interesting and delicious vegetarian food. These are also larger cookbooks, with exponentially more recipes.

              Community would perhaps be a good cookbook for someone who is new to cooking and may be a bit overwhelmed by a larger cookbook.

              Don't get me wrong, the recipes are delicious, but definitely not original.

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              5.0

              Great Service

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              from Perth

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              Great easy to follow information.

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              5.0

              perfect Xmas gift

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              from Perth

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              • Easy To Read
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                This is a book that you hear about through health conscious, salad lovers.
                I've already bought two copies. I gifted one. My neighbour, on studying it over a cuppa has ordered a copy too.
                My co-workers will go crazy over it, as we have a "Salad Club" four days a week, during Summer.
                It takes an inspiring cook book, for me to buy one these days. This is the one.

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                5.0

                Delicious healthy eating

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                from Coffs Harbour

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                  A wonderful variety of healthy and delicious salads.

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                  ISBN: 9781743530405
                  ISBN-10: 1743530404
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 184
                  Published: 1st May 2014
                  Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 27.4 x 21.8  x 1.5
                  Weight (kg): 0.75