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In Ottolenghi Simple, powerhouse author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern-inspired flavors. Each dish can be made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals. Brunch gets a make-over with Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za'atar; Cauliflower, Pomegranate, and Pistachio Salad refreshes the side-dish rotation; Lamb and Feta Meatballs bring ease to the weeknight table; and every sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied by the spectacular Fig and Thyme Clafoutis. With more than 130 photographs, this is elemental Ottolenghi for everyone--
Publisher: California : Ten Speed Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781607749165
Branch Call Number: 641.555 OTTOLENGHI
Characteristics: xiii, 307 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Alternative Title: Ottolenghi Simple


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Oct 14, 2019

I agree with what some of the other reviewers stated - these recipes aren't actually all that "simple," though they sure do taste good! I tried three of the recipes before returning the book. Perhaps someone with more time on their hands (and a larger budget for ingredients) would enjoy this book more than I did.

VaughanPLGraeme Sep 17, 2019

While many of the recipes in this book are not what I would consider "simple", all four of the ones I tried turned out very well and I will definitely make three of them again. The one I probably wouldn't make again was the bulgur with mushrooms and feta. It was actually very tasty, but a bit fussy to make and more effort than I generally want to put in for a side dish (or just two servings as a main course).

The other three recipes I tried were the 5-spice peach and raspberry salad, the curried lentil, tomato, and coconut soup, and the vanilla custard with roasted strawberries and rhubarb. In the salad, I loved the combination of the fresh fruit with the slightly spicy, anise flavour of the dressing. The soup was great and is one I can see myself making regularly. It's easy to double the recipe and the soup freezes well. I like it with the optional squeeze of lime juice. The custard with strawberries and rhubarb was also very good and really easy, although I would say it serves six to eight rather than eight to ten (unless you want very small servings). Overall, I was really pleased with the recipes I tried and there are quite a few other recipes I'd like to make at some point as well. I would definitely recommend checking out this book for some new and different recipes.

kristina_rad Jun 21, 2019

This is my first Ottolenghi experience. I know, shocking! The word 'Simple' won me over, along with great reviews from colleagues. It must be more simple then his other cookbooks, however the recipes we tried at home were not that 'simple' and we found ourselves substituting/ improvising because not all ingredients were in our pantry. A great experience non-the-less and even more curious to visit one of his veg restaurants in London. Oh, yes, food photography is on point!

ChelseaJM Mar 18, 2019

I made a few recipes out of Simple, by Yotam Ottolenghi, one of my favorite "celebrity chefs." As compared to the recipes in Plenty, Plenty More, and Jerusalem, everything in Simple is easy to prepare, with ingredients you can find at your regular grocery stores. (That's not exactly true, since the store in Squamish ran out of harissa and I had to get it in Whistler instead, but that was unusual.) Like all the Ottolenghi cookbooks, you can expect beautiful photos and some simple but ingenious recipes. We really liked the papardelle with harissa, leeks and eggs, and roasted cherry tomatoes with Greek yogurt. I'm sure I will borrow this book more than once to try a few others. I think it will be very popular with everyone!

Jan 03, 2019

For me the starting point of an excellent cookbook occurs when I open the book, flip through a few pages and upon looking at the photos and scanning the recipes, I immediately am motivated to start shopping for ingredients, cooking and eating. I wanted to feel this way about Simple, but the food combinations seem odd and unappealing, the photos were similarly uninspiring. I keep on reopening the book in the hope of being "stirred" to begin cooking even just once or twice, to no avail. Neither an upscale sophisticated feel nor a warm homey sense were forthcoming. I know this book is in high demand- makes me think of the story " The Emperor's New Clothes". It will have a very short stint in my possession- I suspect it won't make it into my kitchen.

Nov 15, 2018

I was not enchanted with Yotam Ottolenghi's recent cookbooks. But "Simple" is one of the better cookbooks from him in the sense that it contains interesting recipes for dishes with ingredients that are mostly available to a normal home cook and do not require fancy preparation techniques while still adding a twist to a lot of dishes. It contains mostly vegetable dishes, but also has limited meat, seafood and dessert sections.

debwalker Nov 13, 2018

Simplicity + Ottolenghi's flavour magic = a top cookbook of the season.


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