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and treating ourselves to indulgences the
other 10%. When we eat carbohydrates
such as pasta, potatoes, grains, or sugary
foods such as fresh or dried fruit, natural
unprocessed forms of sugar, we eat them
with protein and fat so as not to raise blood
sugar levels. Looking back this is the way
that Giancarlo's family ate in Tuscany when
he was growing up. Small portions of pasta
with ragu sauce, meat went further with
plenty of vegetables, and salad from the
garden accompanied bread and cheese.
His family were all lean and healthy. It
was in the UK Giancarlo started to have
huge portions of pasta, milky coffee all
day, cravings the sweet fruits and sugary
biscuits. To stop it we needed our family to
cross over to the greener side of life.
"Together we set out to discover new
ways of eating vegetables with a focus
on salads from all corners of the world.
We travelled to Southeast Asia, Morocco,
Italy and the US to discover a new way of
eating. We worked with family cooks and
chefs from countries such as India, Nepal,
Sri Lanka, Cambodia, North and South
America, China, Japan, France, Kuwait,
Greece, Peru, Korea , and more. We
wanted to understand and be confident
in using unfamiliar ingredients to prepare
dressings, marinades and spice rubs. We
also learned to cut vegetables differently,
how presentation makes a huge difference,
how to play with textures and to balance
"From our travels we have broadened
our culinary horizons. We have been
inspired by other cultures and have been
enthused by the people we have met, all
those cooks who have generously brought
their salads to life for us. We have increased
our repertoire of family meals and found a
healthier way to eat.
"As well as being restauranteurs,
. Giancarlo and I are both enthusiastic
teachers in our cookery school. In writing
our book we wanted to say 'look how easy
it is to prepare', 'try this, it's really good for
you and tastes amazing' and above all 'look
how you can make every day vegetables
into magnificent and moreish salads'."
Around the World in Salads by Katie
& Giancarlo Caldesi, published by Kyle
Books. Photography by Helen Cathcart.
See over the page for a recipe from the
book (the front cover is on the page
opposite). RRP £16.99.