- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (29 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091933684
- ISBN-13: 978-0091933685
- Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 3.1 x 27.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Plenty Hardcover – 29 Apr 2010
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"Plenty is one of those cookbooks you dribble over while flicking through its pages. [The recipes] demand to be eaten." (The Guardian)
"Plenty takes an inspired and fresh approach to vegetarian cooking. Sumptuous photographs make this an ideal gift for all foodies." (The Independent)
"The hottest cookbook of the year" (The Guardian)
"He's a genius: his isn't exactly Middle eastern cooking - he's from Jerusalem - but it draws its very breath from the explosive colours and tastes of the region." (The Scotsman)
"The man who sexed up veg." (Evening Standard)
Award-winning follow-up to 2008's bestselling Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, vegetarian recipes from chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi. Winner of Observer Food Monthly's Cookbook of the Year 2011.See all Product Description
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I absolutely believe that this is the best book of vegetarian food I've ever read or cooked from. The reason for that is, I genuinely never once felt like I was reading or cooking from a vegetarian book. Some vegetarian cookbooks speak 'meat' as a kind of Derridean absent subtext almost as loudly as they speak vegetables; I'm thinking of recipes I remember reading in other books like 'vegetable toad in the hole'.
In Ottolenghi's cookbook the absence of meat is silenced, easy-to-forget, totally squashed and rendered unimportant in culinary terms. Of course there is no meat or fish in the 'Artichoke Gratin' (p.178) or the 'Ultimate winter couscous' (p.262) or the 'Saffron tagliatelle with spiced butter' (p.260), 'Halloween Souffles' (p.64) or 'Egg spinach and pecorino pizza' (p.156) because these recipes are complete and perfect and authentic as they are, meat would be an unnecessary embellishment.Read more ›
We actually completely failed to notice that the book was a "vegetarian" book, at least in the narrow sense that it doesn't have recipes for meat. We are avowed carnivores; but the dishes are so inspiring that you might well forget meat for a meal!
The overall accent for the food in this book is Middle Eastern, with an emphasis on fresh everything, especially herbs. It does not include much for dessert, but I like that the focus is on main dishes. The photography/illustrations are lush and the food actually turns out pretty much as pictured. This is an unusually well written cookbook that actually adds something to vegetarian cooking. I just bought three more copies to send to friends for Christmas--it's that good! Highly recommended.
Recipes are ordered in chapters like:
The mighty Aubergine
Pasta, Polenta, Couscous
Fruit with Cheese
To name a few I particularly like.
What came as a complete surprise though, was the beautiful design of this book. A nice heavy padded hardback, which stays open on the page of your recipe. Beautiful photographs and drawings, as well as a writing style that encourages you to have a go (often providing variation ideas and side dishes by-the-by).
Reassuring bedtime reading, as well as great recipes.
If you like Middle Eastern Veggie Food, you can also find many more, less fancy but nonetheless delicious, recipes in 'Classic Vegetarian Cooking: From the Middle East and North Africa' by Habeeb Salloum that I have reviewed as well.
Plenty to enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book and have bought the Plenty more book as well. Not obviously vegetarian as the recipes just happen not to have meat etc in them. All delicious.Published 2 days ago by Mr William L Henwood
If your someone who has been reluctant to try vegetarian food, not convinced it will be as tasty as meat; prepare to be AMAZED.Published 20 days ago by Nadine S.
Amazing quality, perfect gift for my parents they loved it! Really great recipes which are nice and simple made with ingredients that are't too hard to come by.Published 23 days ago by hets27
This was a Christmas present to our daughter.She was delighted!Published 1 month ago by john brien kelly