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A work of culinary genius,
This review is from: Ottolenghi: The Cookbook (Hardcover)
I bought this book because I was cooking from Ottolenghi's Plenty, which I love for its creative combinations of vegetables, herbs, and spices. This second book, based on dishes prepared at the authors' London restaurant, also named Ottolenghi, is equally superb. I started with the broccoli salad because I adore broccoli and because the author noted that restaurant customers picketed when it was removed from the menu. I love it! Parboiled and charred broccoli dressed with garlic and pepper and the oil they're cooked in. Just exquisite!
I have owned and cooked from many notable cookbooks over the years, and this is the first, along with Plenty, that really enchants my primal tastebuds. One can really taste what one is eating, and appreciate the different ingredients. The recipes are stunningly creative. I am just fascinated by this book!
Some reviewers complain about the recipes being "fiddly" or full of difficult to locate ingredients. One reviewer said she found the recipes almost intimidating. I think they're fun...and one can always punt.
To those for whom photos make a cookbook--these are gorgeous and arty and sparkly, and some can make one drool.