This love letter to salad grew out of a blog, Salad Pride, which grew out of a personal challenge set by London-based designer and home cook David Bez. Determined to improve his workday lunches, but confined by a makeshift desk kitchen and just 30 minutes to an hour to both prep and eat his meal, Bez made a different salad every day for three years. His book features real lunches that were made, shot and enjoyed in his office, all in less than an hour. Bez has a knack for interesting, satisfying ingredient combinations—Crabmeat, Avocado, Nori and Cucumber comes to mind—and isn't afraid to enlist unexpected elements like chorizo or hemp seeds. If you're in a salad rut, this is your salvation.

Price: $25