A recipe is not a commandment; it is a record of something someone once cooked. And perhaps another person ate, perchance enjoyed.
I was drawn to this cookbook by the beautiful cover, and I was further left smitten when I opened the pages and took in all the simple beauty that is contained inside. I love the writing, the pictures, and I especially love Planck's food philosophies, as evidenced by the quote above. I haven't actually attempted any recipes from this cookbook yet, but even if I never cook anything from it, just owning it would be enough for me as it is a feast for the eyes and a treat to read. The recipe below is one I'm especially excited to try since it sounds refreshing, and I've never tried or even seen a watermelon radish before. It also happens to be the recipe from which I pulled the quote above, as you can see by the lack of measurements. It is also the dish featured on the cover of this cookbook.
Shaved Fennel, Apple, and Radish Salad
salt and pepper
green and red apples
chives or parsley
1. Juice the orange. Whisk a dressing using four parts olive oil to one part juice. Season.
2. Shave the radishes, fennel, and apples in very thin slice on a mandolin.
3. Mince the herbs.
4. Toss it all, coating the vegetables thoroughly with the dressing.
5. Scatter walnuts on top.
The Real Food Cookbook: Traditional Dishes for Modern Cooks
by Nina Planck
June 10, 2014
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