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The graphic design of this book leaves something to be desired, not nearly as good as the design in Plenty, which I absolutely love, or Jerusalem, which is also great. I find that i don't want to peruse it and it seems like there are more photos of people standing around his restaurant kitchen (might as well be stock photos) then of the food itself.
As always I love Ottolenghi's unique take on some of my favorite foods though, and his cooking shows are fun and inspiring, he is a fun guy.
Having followed Yotam Ottolenghi for years in The Guardian, I was delighted when he began to write cookbooks. I am a vegetarian and my husband is not, but he is a great cook. Since buying 'The Cookbook' he has become more and more enthused about cooking meatless dishes which we both enjoy. As I understand it, Yotam's books ( with Sami sometimes) are influencing many people to try his food and they are loving it. Sales of aubergines have gone up - some of which ended up in our kitchen. All the recipes we have tried have worked and are delicious - the photos are inspirational and let us hope that some of the ingredients he uses in the UK will become more available here as a result of the rise in popularity of these books.
This is one of my favourite cookbooks, and that is saying something as I have a Lot of cookbooks. Beautifully photographed, carefully written and full of easy to produce and inspiring recipes. Ottolenghi's first book is not overloaded on personality, it's not a celebrity chef du jour kind of piece, but what is it is original, workable and the sort of book you constantly go back to. I particularly love the cakes and the veggie dishes, but they are famous for their meringues if you like that sort of thing (I think they only good for crumbling in Eton messes, but maybe that's just me). Worth every penny. Now I'm hoping to treat myself to Plenty at some point.
This is just as good as 'Plenty', only with the inclusion of traditional Mediterranean recipes, it makes it even better. The photographs are wonderful and give a good idea of the end result. The recipes are laid out so well, that you can actually have the same results as the photos! Excellent choices of recipes and wonderful tips and information as well. Makes anyone ready to cook and love doing it.
Very Happy with the cookbook. I tried some of the recipes on friends before Christmas and got very high praise on the dishes cooked. It was not difficult getting the basic herbs and spices required as I drove to a great supermarket that stocks all middle eastern food. The recipes are easy to follow - especially the chicken. The herb salad is a huge hit each time I have served it.
This is a good book that differs from "Jerusalem" in that it has more baked goods/dessert items. Since I am not a huge baking fan, I wouldn't consider this to be an outstanding book. However, the one dessert my daughter made from this book - the brownies (with variations) were hands-down the best brownies I have ever tasted (especially warm). THEY were outstanding. Could be that there are other great recipes in the book but I haven't tried them yet.