I want to jump in here to highlight a ringer of a cucumber salad. There were four recipe contenders in the cucumber section of the book I’m going to reference, and if the other three are as good as this, it’s going to be a very cu-centric summer. The salad. It’s crisp and refreshing, beautiful, and surprisingly substantial. The main players: cucumbers, ice-bathed scallions, toasted walnuts, mint, rose, and a vinegar-spiked yogurt dressing. I’ve been adding a scoop of lentils and making a meal out of it all week. The recipe is from the new Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables cookbook by Joshua McFadden, and I knew the whole thing was going to be good when I saw who was working on it. If you know Tuskor Ava Gene’s in Portland you know the author. For the book he worked with Toni Tajima(design / you all know her from both Super Natural books, and Near & Far), Laura Dart did the photography (she took this shot of me & Wayne years ago at one of the early Kinfolk brunches), Martha Holmberg (former editor of Fine Cooking), and Melinda Josie(illustration). A lot of heart on this team. Keep your eyes peeled if you haven’t see it already – 400 pages of inspiration.