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- Era commented on the following inSat 12 Jan 2013 13:43:52 GMT
I do love this book - a chapter after dinner. Other than making croutons from stale bread and roasting veg in big trayloads, I actually do very few of these frugal-tastic type exercises. Nevertheless, this is a fully satisfying book. A bit like Kingsolver's year of living seasonally, or whatever that's called, where you get to enjoy someone else's hard work and moral superiority from the comfort of your sofa!
I borrowed this from the local library, and confess that there are only a couple of recipes I have made that I'll make again - but these are total classics, like the tofu lasagne, and the cauliflower chowder, and the miso marinade she uses on fish (but I used on veggies). It looks a bit lifestyle-y at first (too many pics of la Dahl laughing to herself tra la la) but is actually a pretty good cookbook!
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- Era voted for and commented on the following inSun 24 Apr 2011 19:47:21 GMT
As a huge fan of 101 Cookbooks, I thought the book might just feel like a collection of recipes I've already made. But it's totally surpassed expectations - beautiful images to go with the recipes, and that lovely heavy paper, makes this a future treasure. I've already made several new dishes, that will become regulars, as the recipes are accessible and tasty. And lots of repeat flavours - so you can re-use the cilantro pesto in a number of dishes for example. There's a number of core ingredients, and a sense that it's good to get creative - add in...
What I find about Ottolenghi's recipes is that they take ages the first time you make it, but really speeds up when you're making it a second, third, fourth time.And though they can be time consuming, they're not difficult (though they may have a complicated number of steps, and usually involve a lot of prep). This means that the recipes are surprisingly accessible, given the ambition of the flavours.
Sometimes I question the recipes because they call for an inordinately long list of ingredients. But you have to trust him and go with it and I find that there are tastes...
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