There's a book signing happening this Sunday, September 10th for Toss Your Own Salad by Eddie McNamara at the outdoor Beacon Farmers Market on Veteran's Place (next to Towne Crier Cafe) for a cookbook featuring meatless recipes. I'm a meat and potatoes kind of gal, but I'm always looking for ways to jazz up a salad instead of letting food waste happen in the 'fridge because of a lack of creativity or fear of knowing what to do with veggies, aka salad-tossing-block (think writer's block, but for making salads).
The timing is right as we enter the season for autumn detoxes and The Harvest, but something else caught my attention when people interested in this book signing emailed into A Little Beacon Blog about it. The author, Eddie McNamara, is an ex-NYC cop, having entered the force right after college. He then spent several months at Ground Zero after 9/11 to help out, which led to his desire to retire due to PTSD and took up cooking. Eddie started a blog of the same name as his book, and I investigated a bit to get to know him. Here is is below, on a blip of his book tour:
His writing is hilarious and makes salad tossing actually sound tough - as tough as the tattoos on his arm - as well as delicious. For any man wanting to eat more salads, this is the cookbook to get (get it online - I prefer Barnes and Noble because Amazon is trying to take over the world) or a signed copy at the Beacon Farmers Market - maybe Beacon's local bookstore, Binnacle Books near the library, has a few copies). He even has a skull and crossbones in his blog logo! Not that salad making is gender specific at all. The literary approach to his salad making is just so funny, you must read his blog. His style reminds of me of the Ink and Coffee blog, penned by our very own Marilyn Perez, an editor here at A Little Beacon Blog.
"Toss Your Own Salad" was just added to a 12 Must-Read Summer Cookbooks list at People Magazine. In Eddie's words: "People Magazine said you MUST READ my book. Bieber, every Kardashian, Drake, and J-Lo agree."
So with that, enjoy it, and maybe talk to him on Sunday. His people claim he will be providing recipes on the spot if you give him a vegetable that you want to eat, he'll tell you how and with what. For the carnivores in the room, fear not, you can always toss in some hamburger, fish or chicken into any recipe and just get more veggies into your life.