by Sybil PrattJune 2006
The seasonal spirit
And the beat goes on: the buy locally, stay seasonal beat, that is. Annie Wayte's Keep It Seasonal may be the most gorgeously illustrated ode to the fresh and flavorsome ingredients that change with passing months. It's also the only seasonal soup, salad and sandwich book I've come across (forgive me if I've overlooked a gem!). Wayte, the chef-owner of chic restaurants on both sides of the Atlantic, has observed a trend of moving away from multicourse power lunches toward the smaller and simpler that goes for dinner, too in our health-conscience, time-challenged world. Each season has its own section, and each section has truly fabulous recipes for soups, salads and sandwiches starring the ingredients that abound at that time. It's almost summer, so try the cool, refreshing chilled melon, ginger and mint soup. Follow that with Marinated Salmon and Fennel Salad with Mustard-Dill Dressing or a tuna burger with avocado relish and you'll have a wonderful convergence of the satisfying and the superbly simple. Keep Keep It Seasonal in mind when you're looking for a house gift.