loved the recipes in this book but the publishers have not created an ebook that is easy to read on an iPad, choosing to merely reproduce the paper based structure. A failure in editing/publishing rather than in content I think
I was gifted this book for my birthday as I'm an avid cook and had heard amazing things about Ottolenghi's food. I've cooked 5 dishes from it and they were all STAND-OUTS. The heavy emphasis on herbs and spices, this collection of recipes kicks vegetables up to a much higher level. So far I have tried the green couscous (amazing); cauliflower frittata; black pepper tofu (I've cooked this 3 times now, it's so good), mushroom and herb polenta (the best polenta dish we've ever had - the kids loved it) and the ultimate mushroom lasagna. And a huge bonus--most of the dishes that I've tried so far are relatively QUICK and EASY to prepare. This is an unusually well written cookbook that actually adds something to vegetarian cooking, it makes it an experience. I have just bought 2 copies for Christmas gifts for my cousins. You don't have to be vegetarian to enjoy this food - it's for everyone. Incredible!
In his introduction to this book, Yotam Ottolenghi writes that that each dish is based around one of his favourite ingredients. This has led to an idiosyncratic organisation of recipes: some components (such as aubergines) have their own chapter; others are organised botanically (such as brassicas) and others reflect associations that are part of the way Ottolenghi shapes his menus. These recipes are based on meatless dishes and reflect eclectic influences including the Middle East, South East Asia and Latin America. The book is full of delicious, mouth-watering recipes. The chapter headings may give some idea:
Roots Funny Onions Mushrooms Courgettes and Other Squashes Capsicums Brassicas The Mighty Aubergine Tomatoes Leaves Cooked and Raw Green Things Green Beans Pulses Cereals Pasta, Polenta, Couscous Fruit with Cheese
The recipes are accompanied by anecdotes and by mouth-wateringly beautiful photographs. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The amount of preparation required varies between dishes: some are quick and easy, others will require more time. But it's worth it. There is a recipe here for just about any occasion.