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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 Oct 2010
This review is from: Plenty (Hardcover)
This was one of the least risky purchases I've ever made, I knew I was going to like it. Ottolenghi's weekly column in the Grauniad always makes my mouth water, but too often I realise I've put the paper into the recycling without saving the recipe. This book which includes many of his Guardian offerings (or variations on them) was absolutely perfect for me. The great thing about Ottolenghi is his originality. I really don't know of another (vegetarian) cookery author who uses ingredients so imaginatively. Yes his ingredient lists are long and sometimes difficult to find outside the large metropolises, but what the heck, this is not every day cooking. This is special occasion cooking. Cooking for visitors, or simply cooking when you want to spend a bit of time over it and create something different.

The chapters are ingredient based, Onions, mushrooms, Aubergines, "Green things", Pulses etc.

To whet your appetite, some of my favourites from this book are:-
* Garlic soup and harissa
* Mushroom ragout with poached duck egg
* Mushroom lasagne
* Courgette and cobnut salad
* Multi vegetable paella
* Soba noodles with aubergine and mango (fabulous)
* Quesadillas
* Caramelised fennel with goats (cheese)
* Mee gorgeng (spicy malaysian noodles with beans and tofu)

This is not a cook book just for vegetarians, it is a cookbook for anyone who likes exciting vibrant food.
Oh, and marvellously it is just a cookbook, we're not asked to buy into a lifestyle or a decolletage.

Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2010 22:54:32 GMT
Vienna Gal says:
As this is a veggie cookbook, I assume you meant to write caramelised fennel with goats cheese, not goat?! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2011 13:21:23 GMT
P. G. Harris says:
Brilliant, thank you !!
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