Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks October 2, 2012
Author Jessica Grose is a writer and editor, previously a senior editor at Slate and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, Marie Claire, Spin, and several other publications, and on Salon.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Sad Desk Salad is a light chick-lit read, funny--in a snarky way which appeals to me. I relate well to snarky. ;-) It paints an entertaining picture of blogging and how obsessed with celebrity screw-ups the media is with lots of pop culture references. At the end of the day, it's not at all deep and meaningful, but it entertains and is a quick and easy read to enjoy over a few days of consuming your own sad desk salads.
For my book-inspired dish--although it is always a little sad eating lunch at your desk, your meal itself doesn't have to be sad at all. I livened up that sad desk salad and gave it some Aloha and some Hawaiian-style inspiration because, as a good friend from the rainy Northwest once reminded me as I was "bitching" about a particularly bad day I was having, "It can't be that bad! You live in Hawaii--one of the most beautiful places on earth!" I can't argue that fact. A quick walk outside or peek at the beach, or being stuck in traffic with a water view seems much less harsh than a gloomy day that matches your mood. Elevate that salad and it becomes something to look forward to instead of something to endure.
My "Much Happier Hawaiian-Inspired Desk Salad" features a bed of local mixed baby greens and little sweet tomatoes, local avocado and papaya. It's topped with some seaweed salad, edamame and fresh ahi poke (if you don't know the Hawaiian staple poke look here ), and is garnished with green onion and black sesame seeds. There is a little of one of my stand-by salad dressings on the greens, a Creamy Miso Dressing (recipe below).
It is impossible not to be happy when feeding yourself this sun-soaked flavorful (savory, sweet, tangy, briny, with a kick of chile) salad with a favorite pair of chopsticks. (Tip from Deb--most salads should be consumed with chopsticks--makes it more fun!). Even consumed at a desk or work table, this salad is an escape to paradise. ;-)
by Deb, Kahakai Kitchen
(Makes about 1 Cup of dressing)
1/3 cup, light (white) miso
2/3 cup soft tofu
1 tsp, honey or agave
1/2 tsp, dry yellow mustard
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons, rice wine vinegar or brown rice vinegar
black sesame seeds (optional)
In a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients except sesame seeds if using, together until smooth. Stir in sesame seeds. Taste and add additional seasoning as needed. Store in a tightly-closed jar in the refrigerator for--should keep 4-5 days or more.
Note: A review copy of Sad Desk Salad was provided by the publisher and TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.