In Neighborhood: Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes from Home and Abroad (available June 27, 2017), Hetty McKinnon explains that her book is a "collection of salad recipes inspired by 'places,' journeying from Brooklyn in New York to the greater Americas, the Mediterranean, Asia, France, my native Australia, and many other places around the world for salad-making inspiration."
The book is organized into sections of vegetable-laden recipes that are inspired by each place Hetty has lived and visited.
In the "To Asia with Love" section of the book, she says: "Asian fare is my comfort food. Though I was born and raised in Sydney, I am Chinese deep in my heart. The flavors of my childhood still transport me to my happy place. When I am homesick or need a big hit of flavor, I always turn to dumplings, a rambling bowl of noodles, braised shiitake mushrooms with tofu, or stir-fried broccoli. Now, Asian salads are my favorite dishes to make, affording me the ultimate opportunity to flex my multicultural muscle—I can experiment with a deep umami dressing, splash out with something spicy or adorned with peanuts, pursue a dish with a tropical twist, or opt for a finish that is a little sweet and a little savory. In an Asian salad, there is heart, home, and love."
Get a taste of Neighborhood with this beautiful salad recipe below that incorporates delicious crisp vegetables, rice noodles, and a recipe for pho dressing with wonderful spices.