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3.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good vegetarian cookbook, February 9, 2012
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This review is from: Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi (Hardcover)
This book is for you if:

-You are a vegetarian, vegan or would like to cook less meat since there are no meat or fish recipes in this book. Maybe 50% of the recipes are vegan.
-You are sick of eating pasta, pizza, and veggie burgers because there's only maybe a handful of these recipes.
-Are an intermediate cook that knows you need to boil something before you simmer it, and how to use your oven pretty well in case you need to explode an eggplant in the broiler.
-If you like the challenge of hunting down rare spices, ie. fresh curry leaves, persian limes, whole coriander seed, za'tar, somac, pink peppercorn. I ordered mine from the very affordable <...>
-If you like mediterranean, middle eastern style food.
-The food you will make will be highly presentable, though honestly not always tasty. Makes a great photo though.

Not for you:
-If you don't want a dozen spices in your kitchen that you will probably never use again.
-Are a starter cook. These recipes have long ingredient lists and often require maybe an hour or so in prep.
-Hate cilantro, I made the mistake of actually adding 2 cups of cilantro, and ending up throwing out the entire pot after 2 bites.

I give this cookbook mixed reviews because half the recipes just didn't taste good, and honestly that's inexcusable to me. While some were really good like the fried eggplant soba nooodle, it just didn't make up for the fact that some nights I had to recook dinner. I also had to make way too many adjustments, too much oil, too much butter, too much cilantro. This cookbook has made me realize I really don't like cilantro all that much (soba with wakame an utter disaster). Exactly where am I suppose to find fresh curry leaves and fresh kaffir. Give us a substitution please. I also found the recipes to be overly complex, I think the rice with cardamon can just stay on the stove, why bother putting it in the oven? Hell, the whole things could have been made in a rice cooker.
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2012 12:31:17 PM PST
firesprings says:
Just because you asked--fresh curry leaves can be found in Indian grocery stores and kaffir lime can usually be found in Asian grocery stores.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 1:09:37 AM PDT
M. Daams says:
Thank you for this recommendation. I have been looking at reviews all morning for a new cook book to add to my collection. I cook a lot and I love exotic meals with different ingredients. I think this book will be right up my alley. Thank you again!

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 5:44:02 PM PST
Asian grocery stores are not common outside of big cities.
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