Hetty Mckinnon of Arthur Street Kitchen is my salad guru.

Community brings together sixty of Arthur Street Kitchen's best-loved seasonal, hearty, big-flavoured salads. 

Leaving no vegetable, herb, legume, nut or spice unturned, Community shows the reader how to effortlessly and confidently dish up healthy, meat-free comfort food, perfect heart-and-soul meals to share with family, friends and neighbours.

Hetty got her start in the salad game delivering salad boxes to the locals in Surry Hills in Sydney. Made at home and delivered by bicycle, Hetty became the Surry Hills salad lady! 

Hetty with her ride in Surry Hills. Photo credit: Luisa Brimble

Hetty with her ride in Surry Hills. Photo credit: Luisa Brimble

There's a great interview with Hetty on The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry 


Yes, Joy is an utter fangirl of Community. Fool-proof, hearty and wholesome salad. Every. Time. I picked up a copy of Community at Maple Store in Newtown back in early 2016, it sat on my nightstand and I would occasionally pick it up and flick through the incredible vibrant salads - making promises to myself to cook them. Fast forward 18 months later and I've cooked a quarter of the recipes in the book and have learnt SO MUCH about the art of making salads from Hetty's sage advice. 

My favourites (so far) (which you'll often find featured in Yes, Joy's salad menu)

- Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Kale, Freekah and blood orange-maple dressing

- Chargrilled Zucchini & Pearl Barley with Whipped Feta & Dill

- Roasted Eggplant with Sofrito, Chickpeas and Almonds

- Pumpkin with Chickpeas, Toasted Coconut and Lemon Tahini


Want a copy of Community too? Purchase here and share the Yes, Joy love. 

Hetty now has a second book, Neighbourhood, which just as good as the first. More on that later. 

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