Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

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    • Categories: Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: baby carrots; baby fennel; baby asparagus; courgettes; baby leeks; dill; white wine; lemons; bay leaves; celery; egg yolks; capers; olive oil
  • Spicy Moroccan carrot salad
    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Moroccan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: carrots; onions; caster sugar; green chiles; spring onions; ground cloves; ground ginger; ground coriander; ground cinnamon; paprika; ground cumin; preserved lemons; coriander leaves; Greek yogurt
    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: beetroots; oranges; red endive; red onions; parsley; black olives; rapeseed oil; orange blossom water
  • Roasted parsnips and sweet potatoes with caper vinaigrette
    • Categories: Side dish; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: parsnips; red onions; thyme; rosemary; garlic; sweet potatoes; cherry tomatoes; capers; maple syrup; sesame seeds
  • Two-potato vindaloo
    • Categories: Curry; Main course; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: black cardamom pods; cumin seeds; coriander seeds; ground cloves; turmeric; paprika; ground cinnamon; shallots; brown mustard seeds; fenugreek seeds; curry leaves; fresh ginger; red chiles; tomatoes; apple cider vinegar; caster sugar; potatoes; red peppers; sweet potatoes
  • Beetroot, yoghurt and preserved lemon relish
    • Categories: Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: beetroots; dill; red onions; Greek yogurt; yellow peppers; coriander seeds; canned tomatoes; preserved lemons; parsley; coriander leaves
    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: quail eggs; frozen peas; Jersey Royal potatoes; basil; parsley; pine nuts; Parmesan cheese; sorrel
    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Main course; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cherry tomatoes; baby potatoes; onions; dried oregano; puff pastry; hard goat cheese
  • Jerusalem artichokes with manouri and basil oil
    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: Jerusalem artichokes; lemons; thyme; cherry tomatoes; manouri cheese; endive; basil; parsley; olive oil
    • Categories: Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: sweet potatoes; ground coriander; red chiles; coriander leaves; lemongrass; crème fraîche; limes; fresh ginger
    • Categories: Soups; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: carrots; celery; onions; celeriac; garlic; thyme; parsley; black peppercorns; bay leaves; prunes; parsnips; semolina
  • Seasonal tempura
    • Categories: Side dish; Japanese; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: Jerusalem artichokes; beetroots; baby broccoli; potatoes; sweet potatoes; carrots; cauliflower; celeriac; baby leeks; parsnips; kohlrabi; salsify; turnips; cornflour; rapeseed oil; nigella seeds; chile flakes; black cardamom pods; sunflower oil; limes; green chiles; caster sugar
    • Categories: Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: sweet potatoes; soy sauce; caster sugar; spring onions; red chiles; Greek yogurt; sour cream; coriander leaves
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: leeks; shallots; red chiles; parsley; ground coriander; ground cumin; turmeric; ground cinnamon; Greek yogurt; sour cream; coriander leaves
  • Caramelized garlic tart
    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: puff pastry; garlic; balsamic vinegar; caster sugar; rosemary; thyme; goat cheese; double cream; crème fraîche
    • Categories: Main course; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: vegetable stock; white wine; onions; tomatoes; breadcrumbs; feta cheese; parsley; spring onions
  • Fried leeks
    • Categories: Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: red peppers; caster sugar; apple cider vinegar; pink peppercorns; coriander seeds; black cardamom pods; leeks; crème fraîche; capers; spring onions; panko breadcrumbs
  • Black pepper tofu
    • Categories: Main course; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: firm tofu; cornflour; butter; shallots; red chiles; garlic; fresh ginger; sweet soy sauce; soy sauce; caster sugar; black peppercorns; spring onions
  • Garlic soup and harissa
    • Categories: Soups; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: shallots; celery; garlic; fresh ginger; thyme; white wine; saffron; bay leaves; vegetable stock; parsley; coriander leaves; red peppers; coriander seeds; cumin seeds; caraway seeds; red onions; red chiles; tomato purée
  • Mushroom ragout with poached duck egg
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: dried porcini mushrooms; assorted mushrooms; sourdough bread; onions; carrots; celery; thyme; duck eggs; sour cream; tarragon; parsley
  • Bánh xèo
    • Categories: Pancakes, waffles & crêpes; Main course; Vietnamese; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: rice flour; turmeric; coconut milk; limes; sesame oil; rice vinegar; sweet soy sauce; fresh ginger; red chiles; carrots; mooli; spring onions; green chiles; mangetout; coriander leaves; Thai basil; mung bean sprouts; enoki mushrooms; mint
  • Stuffed portobello with melting Taleggio
    • Categories: Appetizers / starters; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: portabello mushrooms; onions; celery; sun-dried tomatoes; Parmesan cheese; tarragon; basil; Taleggio cheese
  • Marinated mushrooms with walnut and tahini yogurt
    • Categories: Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: maple syrup; crystallized lemons; chestnut mushrooms; shimeiji mushrooms; Greek yogurt; tahini; broad beans; walnuts; ground cumin; dill; dried oregano
  • Mushroom lasagne
    • Categories: Pasta, baked; Main course; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: dried porcini mushrooms; thyme; assorted mushrooms; tarragon; parsley; shallots; milk; ricotta cheese; feta cheese; Gruyère cheese; spinach lasagne pasta; Fontina cheese; Parmesan cheese
    • Categories: Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: wild mushrooms; button mushrooms; baby potatoes; garlic; chervil; tarragon; double cream; Pernod

Notes about this book

  • Beebopalulu on December 03, 2019

    Pictures are beautiful and recipes are inspiring but suffer from a few flaws. Most recipes require a long shopping list and a special trip to the store; they are also quite involved and have numerous components for each recipe. These are mostly faults on my side. However, some of the recipes seem to be poorly tested or adapted for the home kitchen. So overall - great for inspiration, but a less practical book.

  • IvyManning on September 13, 2012

    I love the look of this book, and the ideas, but as always it's best to follow your instincts in the kitchen. I made the roasted portobellos with Tallegio and was not thrilled. Ottolenghi doesn't remove the gills or stems from the mushrooms, so the dish tasted muddy. He also uses a vast quantity of sundried tomatoes, which overwhelmed everything else in the dish. The Tallegio was a nice touch, but that much of any strong cheese just overwhelms the nostrils! Recipe fail this time, though other recipes in this book did better.

  • lisapopp on December 30, 2010

    I completely agree with the other comments- this may be the first book that I cook cover to cover. I received it for Christmas- 5 days ago- and have already tried 6 of the recipes, with 2 more planned for tomorrow. My only note would be that I cut out some of the butter and used a little less oil (because some of the amounts seemed outlandishly large for everyday eating) but everything still tasted divine. If I could eat the Ultimate Winter Couscous and Stuffed Onions every day I would.

  • Nik on December 29, 2010

    This is my favorite cookbook of 2010! This summer I made the Green Gazpacho almost every week and the Barley and Pomegranate Salad became a staple on the holiday table - so pretty and a lovely chewy/crunchy contrast. I could eat my weight in Leek Fritters dipped the green, lemony sauce! I might just end up cooking everything in this book.

  • Slynchie on June 22, 2010

    I love this book. For the first time in years I am cooking my way through each and every recipe. This has brought me back to a range of vegtables and pulses that I had sadly wandered away from (cauliflower, broad beans, lentils, broccoli). Luckily I have easy access to a wide range of the spices/veg used - living close to some great Turkish/Cypriot shops. Might be a bit irritating otherwise....

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Brussels sprouts and tofu

    • jaelsne on December 01, 2017

      Absolutely delicious-as others have mentioned, it uses a lot of oil. I'll cut back next time.

    • Jane on April 12, 2014

      This a recipe I could easily have passed by but I happened to have Brussels and tofu to use and up came this recipe in my search. It was surprisingly good and I will definitely make it again - next time with the mushrooms which I didn't have. It did use a lot of oil so I halved it and I thought it was fine. I didn't add all the marinade at the end as my chilli sauce was quite hot (I didn't use sweet sauce as I'm trying to cut out sugar - I also skipped the maple syrup). Even with my changes I thought this was a really good, healthy dinner.

    • Cheri on March 09, 2015

      We liked this, it surely is comfort food for us. Also used Trader Joe's sweet chili sauce in the marinade. Tofu pressed and then marinated for 24 hours. Don't think it needed that long in the marinade. I felt the texture of the tofu could have been firmer, overall and agree with cilantrolime, may try baking next time. Also did not include mushrooms this time (didn't have them), but I'm sure they would be a nice add. Overall liked the flavor palate Cut down on oil quantity. Served over steamed basmati rice. Filling and satisfying. Will make again.

    • lorloff on August 19, 2021

      This was phenomenal. I used a whole package of firm tofu and increased the sauce slightly. I had delicious fresh shiitake mushrooms and scallions from the farmers market and it all worked perfectly. I cooked it in a large French carbon steel pan large enough to cook the Brussels sprouts and the tofu on one batch which reduced the oil needed. The tofu browned perfectly. Will definitely make again.

    • Astrid5555 on November 22, 2021

      I have been meaning to cook this dish for ages, and I am so glad I finally did. Actually quite quick to make (not counting trimming the sprouts) for an Ottolenghi recipe from Plenty. Great marinade, will definitely go into our regular winter dinner rotation.

    • meggan on September 02, 2020

      So good!

    • oddkitchen on January 19, 2013

      Quick, easy, very flavorful and tasty. It does use a lot of oil, which I believe could be reduced. Most of the cooking is done in one pan, making cleanup relatively easy. Good for a weeknight meal, and the leftovers are also quite nice.

    • Zosia on January 15, 2018

      This is as delicious as everyone else has said but does call for far too much oil. I dry fried the tofu first and then used only about 3tbsp oil to cook the other ingredients. I had only dried shiitake mushrooms which were a little rubbery in this but they did add good flavour.

    • ksg518 on March 28, 2019

      This was wonderful. Thanks to all the previous comments, I used about half the oil Ottolenghi calls for. I almost felt he wrote the recipe for a regular pan and then switched to non-stick without reducing the oil. I doubled the tofu just to use up what I had. Like others, my tofu didn't crisp up the way I would like, so I may try baking next time. But it was still great!

    • cilantrolime on August 22, 2014

      I used sweet chili sauce from Trader Joe's. It's not very important. It was very tasty and relatively easy, but frying marinated tofu makes a lot of mess. Maybe I'll try baking the tofu next time.

    • KIGirl on May 28, 2020

      Following the advice of the wonderful EYB members below I reduced the oil quantity for my non-stick pan. I also substituted: * kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) for the soy/maple syrup, and * fried tofu puffs for the tofu, which did absorb the sauce nicely as well as turning a nice shade of brown, and * button mushrooms for the shiitake. Great tasty recipe, which will be added to my vegan highlights repertoire.

    • Hannaha100 on January 03, 2019

      Cheated by using marinated tofu but would like to try from scratch one day. Love this method for Brussels. Whole family ate although M wouldn't touch mushroom.

    • rubytuby on August 23, 2015

      I love this dish. It's very flavorful and the brussels sprouts are delicious. The recipe calls for 5 oz of firm tofu. I use a normal-sized package of extra firm tofu, which is 14 oz, and then double the amount of the first five ingredients for the sauce. I don't think it would be enough food with just 5 oz of tofu

    • meginyeg on November 05, 2021

      This was delicious. Everything worked beautifully together.

    • clcorbi on November 18, 2016

      Very good. I didn't give the tofu enough time to get crispy because we were impatient to eat--won't make that mistake again. This is a lovely stirfry, the brussels sprouts are phenomenal.

    • urmami on August 22, 2016

      I love this recipe and make it at least a few times every fall and winter. To cut down on oil, mess, and time, I use the extra-firm tofu from Trader Joe's, which (as promised) is so firm it hardly requires any draining, and don't fry it - just cut into cubes and stir in at the end. The sprouts have enough crunch and the sprouts enough flavor to make up for crispy fried tofu edges. I think the mushroom funk is pretty important to the dish, but it's not necessary to use shiitakes; I generally use whatever kind happen to be on hand (usually cremini) and they do the job just fine.

    • Bwolfe2 on February 26, 2017

      This is easy, quick and delicious!!! One of the best tofu recipes I've tried.

    • Ganga108 on August 24, 2023

      I was looking forward to this dish, and it was Ok but not what I expect from Ottolenghi. However, the marinade/sauce is great and I will use that again. I'd love to do the recipe with steamed bok choi rather than pan fried sprouts - I love tofu, shiitake and bok choi together. UPDATE: The brussels sprouts and tofu taste even better the next day! I recommend making enough for leftovers. I can now imagine the dish made with broccoli or broccolini.

    • amystar on January 19, 2022

      This didn’t wow me. but funnily enough i couldn’t stop eating it. it was just a friendly stir fry. probably won’t make it again.

    • jaxcap on October 06, 2023

      This was excellent- the flavor of the marinaded tofu was really good. Like others, I used less oil (like 1/4 of what it said) and everything still got pretty crisp.

  • Lentils with grilled aubergine

    • Tommelise on July 10, 2011

      A very good recipe. The roasted tomatoes and carrots go well with the lentils and spice. The dish is a favorite of our (vegetarian) daughter with the grilled aubergine for dinner. But if we are out of aubergine the lentils are equally good as a side dish and in the lunchbox the next day.

    • annapanna on October 19, 2013

      Very good! The lentils cooked as described in this recipe had a wonderful flavour. I also found it very filling, we will be making this again and again I am sure. If the aubergines are not big I would suggest adding an extra one.

    • Margaretsmall on October 23, 2013

      Made this last night, and enjoyed it greatly. I grilled the eggplant over a gas burner until the skin was blackened then finished it off in the oven (figured that since the oven was on anyway for the vegetables I might as well use the energy). I added some bok choy to the vegetable/lentil mixture at the last moment for a bit more greenery. I'll make this again.

    • sonyarr on November 25, 2022

      We found this not that exciting, not a repeat.

    • Livia on October 23, 2020

      Added the extra half onion to the roasting vegtables which worked really well. Finally managed to cook the lentils to perfection. Really enjoyed it and healthy.

    • Dannausc on December 16, 2018

      Fairly easy. Fine but nothing to get excited about.

    • MelanieG on March 16, 2018

      Brilliant. Tasty lentils with or without aubergines.

  • Chard cakes with sorrel sauce

    • consortiumlibrary on July 09, 2016

      Bottom line: loved the chard cakes but the sauce wasn't great (too grassy). Might try sauce again made with full fat yogurt (I used 0%) and 60g sorrel instead of 90g. For cakes, used 1/2 chard & 1/2 kale, Panko for breadcrumbs, and Cantal for cheese. Also added 1.5 c yellow onion, sautéed in olive oil with salt & pepper, 1 T minced garlic, & 1 t Aleppo pepper. Also breaded cakes w Panko to make nice crispy crust. To prevent cakes from falling apart, shape, bread, and refrigerate for at least 30 min before frying. Update: To leftover patties, added half and half, water, and fontina, and mixed well over medium heat to make creamed greens. Cracked egg on top of greens, covered pan, and cooked until whites set and yolks runny. So good!

    • caitmcg on October 31, 2015

      A wonderful recipe. The chard cakes are really all about the greens, and with the punch of salty feta, are plenty flavorful on their own. The leftover sorrel sauce found its ideal match in avocado, a pairing even better than with the chard cakes.

    • RuthGo on March 06, 2015

      This was DELICIOUS. My cakes didn't hold together particularly well but it didn't matter. The cakes were delicious, sauce is yummy and they're great together. Will definitely make again.

    • Rradishes on September 13, 2023

      Makes about 6 small cakes with 1 medium bunch of chard. Didn’t make the sauce, but the cakes had a nice nutty flavor to it. Toddler ate some too, which was a win.

    • cilantrolime on July 08, 2014

      Nice sauce. Easy to make. We ate it with grilled vegetables.

    • cultus.girl on October 08, 2020

      Beautiful flavours in these little pancakes. Needed to use up both chard and sorrel from my garden so this was a great option. The sauce was so so we all thought, so we topped with a little tomato chilli chutney. Will make again.

    • stephengk on May 28, 2017

      One of my favourite versions of fritters. Great way to use chard. Sauce is very good. When didn't have sorrel subbed combination of watercress and rocket. Lovely with Salmon

  • Spicy Moroccan carrot salad

    • consortiumlibrary on May 22, 2017

      My current favorite carrot salad; the spices are well-balanced and exciting, without being over the top. It's excellent with grilled fresh halibut. Will definitely make again, as modified. With Yotam's recipes, including this one, we consistently prefer less cinnamon, more spice, and oil-cooked (vs water-cooked) vegetables. Used more green & yellow onions; jalapeño & red Fresno chiles; 1/4 tsp cinnamon; and parsley instead of cilantro (only because didn't have cilantro). After onion was caramelized, I stirred in raw julienned carrots and cooked 2 min over med high, until carrots were crunchy but not raw. Forgot yogurt! Next time...

    • SilverSage on May 11, 2015

      Fabulous! I also subbed out lemon zest for the preserved lemons, and I didn't have any green chiles, so I added a bit of harissa. Perfect foil for my tangine of short ribs, prunes, dates & olives.

    • DKennedy on December 28, 2017

      Had this at Amy's when she hosted Mah jong. Excellent. I will want to make it for myself. She served it with another salad from the Red Rooster cookbook - also fabulous. See Rutikazooty's notes below.

    • TippyCanoe on May 11, 2015

      Terrific. I had no preserved lemon so used a bit of grated rind. The spices were perfect.

    • L.Nightshade on June 04, 2011

      We really liked this salad. I made it when I made the lamb and apricot tagine from AMFT, thought the salad was better than the entree. I used whole baby carrots instead of slices. I added the spices part way through the onion saute as I think that really releases their aromas. I served the yogurt on the side. This recipe is rather similar to the Moroccan carrot salad in the ENYT Cookbook, with less time needed for marinating. I liked them both.

    • Melanie on October 04, 2014

      I served this with the suggested freekeh pilaf - they worked well together and I appreciated the addition of yoghurt to this dish. There is a long list of ingredients but it is easy and worth making.

    • michalow on November 03, 2012

      Very flexible recipe, delicious lots of ways. Haven't made it with preserved lemons yet, but used lime juice once and chopped fresh lemon another time. Both very tasty.

    • Yildiz100 on September 07, 2015

      This was my first time using preserved lemon, and unfortunately, I don't think I care for it. If I make this recipe again, I'll sub something else salty, like olives or capers. I reduced the cloves by half because mine were freshly ground and very strong. Next time, I think I'd reduce the cinnamon a little as well. I tried this both hot and cold and I strongly preferred it warm. I am on the fence as to whether or not I would make this again.

    • KarinaFrancis on November 02, 2014

      This was a nice side dish to serve with a tagine. I didn't have any preserved lemons, I think the dish missed them.

    • lhkelsey on July 21, 2014

      Super! A great way to use carrots from the garden. Kind of out of my comfort zone, and i loved it!

    • br22 on August 02, 2014

      Delicious. The contrast between the room temperature carrots and the cold yogurt is wonderful. The flavors blend together really nicely and it's visually beautiful, too.

    • stephengk on May 28, 2017

      Great side for a barbeque

    • ithyt on October 05, 2015

      6.15 660g. Had warm - delicious.

    • Rutikazooty on December 28, 2017

      10 minutes for cooking carrots does not leave them with crunch. Just a warning to check at 5. Based on reviews I used 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Nice blend of spices.

    • finebec on May 01, 2017

      Had the preserved lemons and used fresh carrots (with their green tops) yet I found it did not have the drama in the mouth of many of his other dishes. Will try again, this time with farmers market carrots when they become available as so many of you recommend it.

    • StoicLoofah on March 24, 2018

      Nice side dish. Maybe a lot of work, but it does make a ton of carrots. Don't boil for 10 minutes. Check it from maybe 5 minutes

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    • elysedc on June 16, 2022

      an all time favorite we go back to again and again. the mix of spices is so delicious.

  • Roasted parsnips and sweet potatoes with caper vinaigrette

    • Jane on June 06, 2017

      I followed the recipe exactly as I always like to do that the first time I make a recipe (though like other reviewers I used less oil). I wouldn't leave the skin on the sweet potatoes again unless they were a thin-skinned variety. I had to remove the skins off the wedges as they were inedible. It's definitely the dressing that makes this more interesting. I added half a finely chopped preserved lemon as I thought that went well with the capers. I like stephengk's idea of serving this with halloumi.

    • Laura on December 01, 2011

      Pg. 16. This was really good, and even better on the morning of the second day for breakfast! And I'm looking forward to more leftovers for dinner tonight -- this does make an enormous quantity. It's quite a versatile recipe in that you can basically use any root vegetable in this dish. I did stick with the parsnips and sweet potatoes because I had a lot of both and needed to use them up. I really liked that none of the vegetables burned; the cooking times and temperature seemed to be about perfect. The amount of olive oil seemed excessive to me, so I did halve the amount that was tossed with the vegetables. In the future, I would add the garlic cloves separately. To cut down on fat, I might also skip the vinaigrette, although not the capers -- they're a really nice addition. I did not add the sesame seeds.

    • ComeUndone on May 20, 2011

      One of my favourite way to enjoy parsnips. Incredible mix of flavours.

    • TrishaCP on June 27, 2013

      This works exactly as advertised in perking up roasted veg with the acid hit of the vinaigrette. Really wonderful dish.

    • eliza on January 31, 2017

      A nice mix of veggies, capers, and sharp/sweet dressing. I used less oil. Liked it.

    • eselque on August 04, 2012

      I used cauliflower, yellow onions, and sungold tomatoes. The cauliflower only needed to roast for about 20 minutes, then another 10 with the tomatoes. It was delicious.

    • bernalgirl on January 19, 2020

      Added roasted chickpeas. Delicious!

    • twoyolks on February 09, 2017

      This is just roasted vegetables with a caper-heavy dressing. I don't think the vinaigrette really added that much and the selection of vegetables was merely fine.

    • KarinaFrancis on December 25, 2017

      This was a hit at the Christmas table, especially with the silver fox who has just “discovered” sweet potato. I used white and gold sweet potato and left out the parsnips, and agree with previous reviewers, the dressing really makes it. Next time I’ll use a bigger pan so the veg really roast. We had leftovers last night as a salad on a bed of rocket. (Photo)

    • Rutabaga on March 30, 2014

      This combination of rich roasted vegetables and lemony vinaigrette was incredible. While we aren't big fans of sweet potatoes (except as fries or tempura), I decided to try it with the vegetables as written in the recipe, and both my husband and I loved it. Getting to squeeze the soft roasted garlic on top is definitely a bonus. This would also look gorgeous as a holiday vegetable dish, and the vegetables are very appropriate for winter.

    • stephengk on May 28, 2017

      Served with fried halloumi. The sweetness of the dish worked well with sharp tangy cheese. Have subbed carrots for sweet potatoes.

    • meginyeg on December 07, 2020

      This was simple and delicious. We will definitely be having it again.

    • raybun on January 31, 2017

      Another rave review here. We loved this, and the capers managed to go unnoticed by the suspicious 9 year old. I added a small squash that needed eating to the mix. I will bookmark this recipe in my 'favourites' file.

    • finebec on May 02, 2017

      My first impression was of a good simple recipe made unusual by the addition of the garlic heads. Then I made it in a Cuisinart roasting pan and became something else again, something excellent. I would however swap the parsnips for another vegetable. They are an acquired taste. And one member of my family has just not acquired It.

    • StoicLoofah on January 13, 2018

      Really enjoyed this recipe. I think it was my first time cooking with parsnips, and I liked them. I made it on a baking sheet with my silpat down, but there was a ton of liquid that came off of it and ran everywhere. Next time, I think I might try turning on convection to see if it crisps up the vegetables differently

    • sarahkalsbeek on February 10, 2020

      The dressing was really delicious! I used sweet potatoes only - a white variety of sweet potato that I think are harder than their orange cousins, so they needed a lot longer to cook, plus I overcrowded the pan with them, so they cooked unevenly. So that didn't turn out great for me, but I could see how this recipe would be very delicious if you didn't make those mistakes!

    • mademoisielle on February 02, 2021

      A standard winter recipe in my house! Also works well with other veg or potato... and some halloumi if I’m feeling fancy.

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      delicious, serve with chicken or sausages. bake parsnips at the same time.

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Magnificent! no, really, Magnificent! It is not just any roast vegetables – this is an Ottolenghi dish, one that takes a common dish and makes it extraordinary. It is a favourite - the note in the cookbook says “Magnificent” which is pencilled in the margin. It takes sweet potatoes and parsnips and roasts them with garlic and (later) some cherry tomatoes, before dressing them with a tangy vinaigrette that is both sweet and sour, full of capers for a saltiness. It’s the perfect dish for any festival, celebration, Sunday lunch, or any day of the week.

    • Darja on September 26, 2023

      This recipe is phenomenal. The capers dressing is delicious, although at first, I was skeptical about the strange-sounding mix of ingredients. I recommend not overcrowding the baking dish to make sure everything bakes evenly and is dry.

  • Roasted butternut squash with sweet spices, lime and green chilli

    • Jane on October 30, 2014

      About half way through making this I started to have doubts. There was a lot of cardamom on the butternut squash and I wondered how it would work with the sharp limes and the yogurt tahini sauce. I really shouldn't have doubted Mr Ottolenghi - he came through again with a wonderful combination of flavors that I could not created on my own. The longest part of the prep was getting all the seeds out of the cardamom pods and removing all the bits of the shells. But you must crush the seeds yourself - using ground cardamom would not work here. This didn't take anything like 2 hours - more like 40 minutes. As you can see from the photo, it's pretty with the orange squash and 3 different shades of green from the limes, thinly sliced green chile and cilantro/coriander.

    • Breadcrumbs on July 26, 2015

      Highly recommended by beetlebug on CH. Her review is here:

    • schambers on December 29, 2012

      My new favorite way to eat pumpkin. The freshly ground cardamom is important.

    • twoyolks on December 22, 2015

      I ended up using a delicata squash as it's what I had. I'd prefer to peel the squash in the future as the skin just made the texture unusual. The chiles seemed out of place as they provided occasional sharp heat.

    • Yildiz100 on April 29, 2018

      I peeled the squash before roasting and didn't really watch the time, just roasted to my liking. I also omitted the cilantro. It was a lot of cardamom and I enjoyed it on the squash but the process of grinding it was so overwhelmingly fragrant (never knew cardamom could be so like menthol) thay it almost put me off the dish. Next time around I would probably use a teaspoon of already podded seeds which would at least make the process faster. The final dish was really delicious in any case. The lime pieces are absolutely essential to cut the richness of the rest.

    • KarinaFrancis on July 08, 2022

      Delicious and relatively easy. The flavours work well together and it’s good in a wrap with some feta for lunch the next day

    • dinnermints on April 12, 2015

      This was really delicious, and I found it to be a fairly quick recipe (for an Ottolenghi recipe, that is). I also used a kabocha squash = time saved not having to peel it. The sauce wasn't runny enough to pour; next time I'd add more water or would add some chicken broth. I served it as a main dish over a bed of red rice with some home-canned tuna on the side.

    • Barb_N on October 02, 2014

      I played fast and loose with this recipe- subbing Kabocha for butternut squash, and skipping the chiles, cilantro and lime slices. I also sprinkled on the crispy chickpeas from Smitten Kitchen before adding the yogurt tahini sauce to make it more well rounded for the vegetarian in the house. Very nice flavors but still time consuming- even with the shortcuts it took me almost 2 hours to get dinner on the table.

    • MsMonsoon on February 08, 2018

      Love all the ingredients but not sure I like them together. My butternut squash was still too crunchy despite lots of extra time in the oven. That, plus the jarring spice combo, didn't make for an appetizing experience. If making again, use regular yogurt instead of Greek (no need to thin it with water). Wasn’t substantial enough for a meal but maybe with rice.

    • StoicLoofah on January 28, 2018

      Wasn't a fan. The butternut squash was still pretty crunchy even with an extra 5 minutes of cooking, and I didn't think the spices, limes, chile, and sauce melded together very well. I would also recommend peeling it ahead of time.

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      delicious, cold or lukewarm

    • elysedc on June 16, 2022

      made without the chilies, much less cardamom (only had a few pods on hand and no way to grind them) and even STILL was absolutely scrumptious.

  • Green bean salad with mustard seeds and tarragon

    • Jane on May 18, 2011

      Loved this though I must admit to missing out a few ingredients - nigella seeds (didn't have them), red onion (too pushed for time), tarragon (didn't feel like it) and baby chard leaves (which were optional anyway). But the ingredients I did use - French beans, snow peas, green peas, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, garlic, lemon zest made for a really refreshing, tasty vegetable dish. I served this with Quinoa salad on p.245 and the Chicken with sumac, za'atar and lemon on p.122 of Ottolenghi the Cookbook.

    • mziech on September 01, 2012

      liked the other Ottolenghi recipes I tried better. Strong tastes of lemon zest en coriander seeds, which I thought were too powerful. Tarragon taste was nice though.

    • DKennedy on May 18, 2018

      Enjoyed this salad at Amy’s house. Though the salad has no astringent agent, the seeds create a refreshing flavorful balanced dressing, flagging so I can make at home. Amy used a TJs power green bag in place of chard. Excellent! Served with a side of French feta.

    • michalow on January 04, 2013

      mangetout = snow pea

    • mharriman on November 20, 2017

      Great way to incorporate three green vegetables in one salad. We liked this but it was made without nigella seeds, without tarragon, without red chile pepper, without chard leaves. The cost would add up if you don’t have all the listed ingredients (14) on hand, and I decided it wasn’t worth it buy all the ingredients for a weeknight salad side dish. It was good with the lemon zest, mustard and coriander seeds, and garlic.

    • Penchantforproduce on November 29, 2014

      Reduced oil by 1 tbsp and omitted nigella seeds. I also softened the red onion in the microwave to reduce its punchiness Otherwise made as directed. My haricot vert were cooked in 2.5 mins. I disliked the tarragon and will sub for cilantro next time, otherwise it was great.

    • e_ballad on December 25, 2016

      Loved this. I did substitute spring onions for red onion & used Aleppo pepper instead of red chilli. Packed with flavour & remarkably for an Ottolenghi recipe, not too many steps! The recipe in the book is easier than the weblink as it uses grams rather than cups as its measure (2 cups of green beans??).

  • Baked eggs with yoghurt and chilli

    • Jane on February 08, 2019

      This was a tasty, quick and healthy lunch. I made it just for one. I didn't have enough arugula (150g is a lot!) so made up with baby spinach. The Ottolenghi touch that makes this special is the chile sage butter. I didn't have kirmizi biber so used Aleppo pepper and smoked paprika. This will enter my brunch/lunch egg dishes repertoire.

    • SheilaS on June 26, 2017

      I made crispy fried eggs instead of cooking them in with the greens in the oven. I loved it!

    • TrishaCP on February 01, 2021

      This was really delicious. I used a combination of arugula and baby spinach since I didn’t have enough arugula. Cooking the eggs in a 300 degree oven wasn’t doing the job so I cranked up the heat and my yolks overcooked. Still very good though.

    • trufflemutt on December 31, 2011

      I made this on the stove top and just covered the pan to finish cooking the egg. The recipe seems to simple to be good, but the yogurt is a perfect pairing.

    • L.Nightshade on May 22, 2011

      I made this with spinach and sorrel. While the spinach turned bright green in the pan, the sorrel immediately turned brown. I think that a 300 degree oven is too slow, at least when you turn the eggs into a cold dish for baking. But I had difficulty with the eggs anyway, by the time the whites had solidified, the yolks were a bit overdone. But still delicious. I used piment d'espelette with chile flakes and sage in the butter. Very tasty. I'll be happy to try this again with arugula (if my market ever again decides to carry it).

    • michalow on October 03, 2020

      Easy and delicious. I used a combination of leeks and arugula for the bottom layer, and topped the whole thing with some diced tomatoes. After 15 minutes in the oven, I increased the heat to 325 and cooked another seven minutes to get the eggs cooked enough for my taste.

    • meggan on November 13, 2014

      Made this with baby kale and over salted by mistake. It would have been a cholesterol filled delight if I hadn't.

    • snarkattack on July 08, 2015

      says to use smoked paprika and chilli flakes if kirmizi biber isn't available.

    • rmardel on July 19, 2013

      I've made this in the oven, as written, and on the stove top and tend to do it on the stove top more frequently as it seems simpler and I have more control. Delicious either way.

    • elysedc on September 24, 2022

      for how badly I overcooked my yolks, I was surprised at how delicious this was!

  • Quinoa salad with dried Iranian lime

    • Jane on May 18, 2011

      Or rather Quinoa salad without dried Iranian lime as I didn't have any (and to be honest have never owned any). But the photo on page 247 was so appetizing I just had to make this, even without a key ingredient in the title. I didn't have mixed basmati and wild rice either so I used basmati with the quinoa. I thought this was really good - the caramelized sweet potatoes, the mint, sage and oregano, the crumbled feta all provided a flavorful contrast to the rice and quinoa. I thought it made a lot - more like 8 servings than 4-6. I will definitely make this again and will try to source some dried Iranian lime before that - anyone know where to get them? I served this with Roast chicken with sumac, za'atar and lemon on p.122 of Ottolenghi and Green bean salad with mustard seeds and tarragon p.196 of Plenty.

    • Delys77 on August 02, 2012

      Pg 245 Tonnes of great flavour in this very wholesome and hearty grain salad. The combination of grains works perfectly with toothsome brown rice, chewy quinoa, and tender grains of basmati. I left out the sage as I'm not a fan and the resulting combination of herbs was very nice. Do be careful of burning the garlic as the bitterness would easily permeate the whole dish. My one note of caution is the dried Persian limes, I found some and put them through the food processor and it was extremely messy, and very challenging getting 2 tb out of my limes. I think a touch of Sumac and a good squirt of lime juice would work very well and would eliminate the hassle of making the lime powder.

    • Rutabaga on April 27, 2014

      There is a beautiful mix of flavors in this recipe - salty feta, sweet potatoes, nutty grains, and the sour funk of the dried limes. Our local Middle Eastern grocer had whole dried limes, which were easily pulverized in the Vitamix. I made my own mix of wild and basmati rice. Of course, the wild rice needed much more time to cook, and I had not so cleverly thrown them in the pot together. But in the end, it worked well even with the extra crunchy wild rice.

    • e_ballad on December 30, 2018

      A tasty dish, though we wound back on the dried lime powder for fear that the funkiness would deter the kidlet. It is also very generously portioned, serving 8-10 easily.

  • Freekeh pilaf

    • Jane on April 10, 2012

      This was tasty but it wasn't a meal on its own. It really needs some protein alongside, a chicken breast or lamb chop which I know defeats the object of cooking from a vegetarian book. The freekah was very chewy after its allotted cooking time - next time I'll give it another 10 mins (and therefore add some more stock). The addition of fresh herbs at the end gave it a flavor boost it needed. The contrast with the lemony garlic yogurt was also a good touch.

    • lorloff on March 09, 2019

      Used this technique which made really delicious freekeh. However since since I cannot use milk products I used the seasoning approach taken in Vegan Eats World page 306 substituting berbere from cayenne. It was really great. Highly recommended. Also added barberries to the raisins, ground coriander, berbere and finishing with cilantro.

    • Melanie on October 04, 2014

      I liked the different textures and flavours in this pilaf. I agree with Jane's comment below that this should be served as a side dish, not the main.

    • Zosia on July 27, 2020

      This made an excellent side dish for lemon za'atar chicken (Falastin) and I quite liked the finished texture of the freekeh: cooked through but al dente. I omitted the yogurt and relied on the lemony chicken to provide a tangy element.

    • Rutabaga on October 06, 2016

      This was another dish that I enjoyed, but my husband and five-year-old were less impressed. It really depends on whether or not you like chewy whole grains. The gentle onion, spice, and herb flavor is really a nice match for a wide range of meals. I served it with leftover black garlic yogurt sauce from the Eggplant with Black Garlic recipe in Plenty More.

    • anya_sf on September 04, 2017

      I had never cooked freekeh before, but enjoyed this dish. Made it as a side dish with lamb. Did not make the yogurt, as I served tzatziki on the side. I used chicken stock instead of vegetable, substituted dill for mint (there was already dill in the tzatziki), and omitted the pine nuts. I thought the freekeh needed an extra 5 min to simmer, but otherwise the directions worked. Tasty.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      nice basis to add chicken or sausages. doubled the recipe for 5 people

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2021


  • Green couscous

    • Jane on June 01, 2011

      I thought this was a fantastic side dish. So much flavor in all those herbs, arugula (rocket), green onions, chilli. It really is a lovely green color too. It is rather time consuming preparing all the herbs but the end result was definitely worth it.

    • sfcarole on August 14, 2015

      Very special! I had a box of Lundberg Brown Rice Couscous in the pantry that I wanted to use up, so decided to try it in this dish. Perfect. We served it as part of a vegetarian meal, but it would go great with any grilled meat or fish.

    • IvyManning on June 16, 2013

      Beautiful recipe. Fragrant and not at all boring.

    • girlogirl on April 03, 2013

      Also great if you swap the couscous for quinoa. Of 6 people over for dinner 4 asked for the recipe!

    • mummybunny2005 on July 24, 2013

      Love this! I made it as a side salad with fried chicken (left out the rocket/arugula as I didn't have any and just upped the parsley in its place) and there was a tiny bit left over. Although the texture was of course a bit mushy the next day the flavours were even better.

    • VineTomato on June 10, 2017

      Have made this several times, love, love, love it. I seem to like it more than other people, so perfect to make on a Sunday evening for lunchboxes during the week. I normally serve with some grilled chicken and yoghurt cucumber.

    • JLDuck on December 31, 2019

      Delicious and easy. A change from plain or spiced couscous.

    • Lsblackburn1 on July 04, 2019

      Love this! Easy to make ahead of time. Perfect with kofta.

  • Farro and roasted pepper salad

    • Jane on January 01, 2013

      I made this with orzo since I didn't have any farro. It was great and I think you could use the recipe for just about any grain/pasta. The dressing is quite sweet from the honey but it works well with the peppers, olives, onions and feta. I will definitely make this again.

    • mindyb on October 04, 2019

      Made this for RH with some variations. Omitted the feta and added sauteed mushrooms as the dish needed to be dairy-free, used a mix of nice green and black olives, made the farro in the IP with a sauteed onion, some garlic and broth- it was a little creamier than I was hoping but added some flavor to the farro. I roasted the peppers the night before in the oven and made the dressing the night before. I thought the final product was delicious, made great leftovers, and I would definitely make again.

    • ComeUndone on September 01, 2010

      Quite good. Big flavours and keeps well.

    • okcook on September 07, 2023

      I made this according to the directions except made the dressing first and dumped the drained hot farro into the dressing hoping it would get absorbed better than some have experienced and it worked well…almost all absorbed. I added 2 or 3 tablespoons chopped parsley and sprinkled some toasted pumpkin seeds on top for crunch as suggested. I thought the dressing was going to be too lemony but it was a good counter balance to the salty feta. I will make this again. My only complaint is I had to water-pick my teeth after eating!

    • TrishaCP on July 29, 2015

      Really flavorful salad. I was a bit stingy on the honey (probably about half of what was called for), and the combination with the red peppers and smoked paprika was just perfectly intriguing. I used farro, and it either didn't absorb the dressing very well or there is too much dressing in the recipe, because I left behind quite a bit of liquid after spooning it out. I recommend adding the dressing to taste.

    • michalow on July 04, 2022

      I didn't love this as much as others. I found the smoked paprika a bit overwhelming. Also needed a bit of crunch -- maybe some toasted nuts or celery.

    • Delys77 on February 10, 2016

      I had intended this to be my first attempt at farro but I was home a bit late so I had to modify the recipe. I added 2 cups cooked short grain brown rice that I had left over and used jarred roasted peppers. The rice worked very well and the peppers were adequate. I didn't find it too sweet but that is likely due to the slightly bitter roasted peppers. I also decided I wanted to make it a bit more substantial so I added about 3 cups of arugula that I chopped. I know I made many modifications but we loved this salad and I'm sure we would also have loved it in its original form.

    • meggan on November 27, 2020

      I made this with barley and it was surprisingly good. Usually I find grain salads a little boring but not this one.

    • k.a.g on June 22, 2013

      This was the first time I have used farro, and I really enjoyed it. I found the salad a bit sweet as well (will probably omit the honey next time), which I think was because of the sweetness of my red peppers, but overall I thought the combination of flavours was intriguing - another one of those Ottolenghi dishes where you think, just anther little bite won't hurt...!

    • KarinaFrancis on August 31, 2019

      Loved this salad, it was perfect alongside some slow roasted lamb. Would make again and add more herbs

    • Rutabaga on March 13, 2016

      Last time I made this, I believe I used an alternate grain instead of farro. This time, I had farro on hand, so used it, but did find that, as TrishaCP noted, it didn't absorb the dressing as well as I had hoped. I cooked the farro for just 30 minutes, and it probably needed more time, as it was a little more toothsome than I'd prefer. Other than that, this is a wonderful salad with a great blend of strong flavors, and pretty straighforward to make. I simplify things by roasting my peppers under the broiler (much faster than the half hour Ottolnghi suggests is necessary for charring them on the stove) and whisking the dressing together directly in the salad before before adding the other ingredients.

    • LizzieLozza on July 08, 2017

      Second attempt - Added three roasted and cubed sweet potatoes. Used bought roasted red peppers and aubergines from jars in Lidl. Then added mixture of dill, basil and mint. Used same amount of dressing but with half the lemon. Nice for weekend lunch with meats, cheese, bread etc. Served with Anna Jones beetroot and walnut dip.

    • raybun on June 12, 2017

      Very tasty, made with pearl barley and I added some fresh corn and arugula. I loved the smoked paprika & honey dressing.

    • tsp on October 05, 2023

      Made it with a tin of precooked farro and it was delicious. The dressing felt a bit too lemony, I’d use less juice next time.

  • Sweetcorn polenta

    • Jane on June 16, 2017

      I have made the polenta before but not with the eggplant. It is much better with both. As we all know from the notes, don't add the cooking water to the polenta otherwise it is too loose. I liked the eggplant sauce. 100ml of oil was enough to fry it.

    • Breadcrumbs on August 26, 2013

      Part 1 of 2: Although I didn't have time to make the eggplant sauce and, I had an execution issue with the corn, this was still the best tasting corn dish we've ever eaten! My Polenta looks nothing the polenta pictured in the book. The texture of my polenta was ridiculously loose, more like a thick soup. I know where I erred. At the point where you remove the corn from the pan with a slotted spoon, the book instructs you to reserve the cooking liquid. The book then instructs you to add some of the water into the food processor bowl if the corn mixture becomes too dry during processing. None was needed; my mixture was loose. The book says to add the processed corn back into the "water pan". I debated whether to pour out the water but I figured if YO wanted you to put it into a "dry pan" he'd have said so. Why mention the water if you'd poured it out...right? Wrong! I stirred, I simmered, I raised the heat and stirred some more but try as I might, I had corn soup vs polenta. Con’t.

    • Breadcrumbs on August 26, 2013

      Part 2 of 2: Nevertheless, this was bar none, the most delicious corn we've ever eaten. The sweetness was remarkable and the salty bursts of feta added a perfect balance and, a welcome textural element. One other thing I wanted to mention was that my 6 ears of corn yielded 2.5 lbs of corn. In the recipe YO notes "you want to have 1.25 lbs. Also worth mentioning, this was the first time I used the Fine Cooking Bundt pan method (link below) for removing kernels from the corn cobs and it worked like a charm! I further simplified my clean up by lining my Bundt pan with a compost bag so the pan didn't even get dirty. Photos here:

    • okcook on August 14, 2013

      The sauce is delicious. I was sceptical about flavour development with such a short cooking time but cooking the tomato paste for two minutes with the eggplant over fairly high heat really made the flavour robust.

    • bgood on July 12, 2011

      This is a 2 step recipe but the eggplant sauce makes it perfect. Good quality feta is not out of place here.

    • Emily Hope on July 30, 2011

      This is really great. A bit of work, as all of their recipes are, but worth it. The salty-sweet polenta with feta contrasts well with the acidic notes in the sauce. My only issue is that it could use more textural contrast--next time I might cook down the tomato sauce separately and add the sauteed eggplant toward the end of cooking time. Definitely company-worthy.

    • ncollyer on August 16, 2014

      Excellent dinner for a cool summer evening, with a crisp green salad. I roasted the eggplant at 400 degrees for 15 minutes just tossed in a olive to coat and then continued with the sauce directions . It was delicious. Did not miss all of the oil. Akso used half the feta, which was enough of a counterpoint to the sweet corn.

    • Bloominanglophile on September 12, 2013

      Ok, this was my first time to "Ottoleng", as it were. I was very pleased with this dish, and found it quite doable for a weeknight. Thanks to Breadcrumbs for the heads-up not to add the pureed corn back to the water in the pan! Even then, this took awhile to cook down and is the most time-consuming step of this dish. I found that 4 good-sized ears of corn gave me 1 1/4 lbs. of kernels. I also "milked" the cobs with the back of the knife and added that to the pureed corn (don't add the milkings to the water to cook the kernels). I also used Japanese eggplant, which doesn't need to be peeled as the skin cooks down nice and soft. I used the full amount of oil, which the eggplant absorbed, but then surprisingly released as it cooked down (drained off almost half of the oil used)--I didn't know eggplant would do that! I served this with the Parsley, Radish and Celery Salad with Capers from Simon Hopkinson's The Vegetarian Option.

    • Bloominanglophile on September 12, 2013

      Part 2 to my original posting: I found that 4 ears of corn served my family of 3 quite nicely. To serve 4 I would definitely use the full 6 ears of corn, and increase the butter by a tablespoon. I also didn't use the full amount of feta (maybe 5 oz.) which worked out just fine, so I would increase it to the original 7 oz. (if serving 4). I used 4 large Japanese eggplants, and the resulting sauce was enough to top 4 servings of polenta.

    • EmilyR on September 06, 2019

      I made half of the corn and a full portion of the eggplant / tomato mix. Instead of dealing with massive amounts of oil I followed another recipe I have and baked the eggplant with a mix of a couple Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper at 425 for about 20 minutes. I did add an extra splash to the tomato mixture, though. As for the polenta, I mixed it up in a vitamix after cooking it and then added the majority of the cooking water back (I didn't read the notes)... and then simmered it for way longer than stated until it thickened up. The feta was excellent - as it always is with corn. Everything I used was fresh from the garden or market so the flavors were wonderful.

    • dinnermints on September 05, 2016

      Nice take on polenta. Also thanks to Breadcrumbs for nixing pan water and bundt pan tip, and to ncollyer - I also roasted the eggplant, which I drizzled with a couple of tablespoons of oil. I was surprised how flavorful the sauce was for how little time it took to put together. I made a separate sauce with roasted mushrooms instead of tomato for my husband, and that was also delicious.

    • Rinshin on September 09, 2016

      I did not particularly care for this. The corn tasted very sweet when processed to a mash. I found that strange since I love the taste of fresh corn. Perhaps the corn found out here in California is sweeter and more tender than in Europe and other areas. The texture was like eating instant oatmeal. I did not add back the water to the corn as that would have made this mash much more loose. I much prefer regular grits to this. The eggplant mixture was ok but nothing too exciting either. I should have added some kind of acid ie vinegar or citrus to perk up the eggplant mixture.

    • ldtrieb on June 30, 2017

      Way too sweet for me, my husband had seconds. Corn is just not Corny anymore . I don't know why I even made it as I don't like corn soup. I think I'll make pancakes with the leftovers. The eggplant was good but all that fresh oregano is like perfume. I know this is negative but I love 99% of Ottolenghi's recipes, it's me not him!

    • cilantrolime on July 09, 2014

      I cheated and served the eggplant sauce over grits. Very easy, and it was quite good! Will make again.

    • WFPLCleanEating on August 25, 2016

      I only made the polenta part of the recipe and enjoyed it a lot. I was glad I had read Breadcrumbs note about not adding the water in the pan. The British version of the recipe was less ambiguous "Now return the corn paste to the pan with the cooking liquid". I didn't because my corn paste was already very loose - if I had added the water it would have been soup. I plan to make this again with the eggplant sauce. - Jane

    • raybun on April 25, 2017

      I just made the polenta part of this recipe. It was very well received by the, suspicious at first, family. The feta gave it a nice tang and it paired perfectly with his cod cakes in tomato sauce from Jerusalem.

    • anya_sf on August 23, 2018

      The polenta never gets as thick as mashed potatoes, but was still OK with a looser texture. However, as others have said, today's fresh corn is too sweet for this recipe. I added lemon juice, but even that and the feta cheese were not enough to balance the sweetness. I used maybe half the oil for the eggplant, so then didn't have to drain any. The eggplant went well with it; I made it a day ahead and reheated it, which I think helped meld the flavors, although it wasn't exciting on its own. We liked this dish OK, but did not love it.

    • excurvatus on August 16, 2019

      This was incredibly satisfying but i have slightly different feedback from the rest of the community here. I cooked the eggplants in about 1/2 cup (instead of 2/3) oil, maybe next time I'd roast in the oven with a few tbsp oil instead. The sauce was good! For the polenta, I followed the instructions and added the corn paste back to the cooking pan with the corn water, I didn't mind the consistency. It was somewhere between soup and traditional polenta. It was good, but it felt like a lot of work. I didn't find it too sweet, as others have, it seemed like a great way to revel in the flavours of corn.

    • Beebopalulu on December 02, 2019

      Ended up being really good, but recipe needed some finessing - mine was much too watery to start out.

  • The ultimate winter couscous

    • ParsleySue on November 11, 2023

      Loved this! So much rich, interesting, varied flavor and texture. I will try it next time with less oil and butter, though - yikes - but I think it will still hold up. Two changes I had to make - I had no preserved lemon, so I added more salt, plus lemon juice and zest. And I also had to cook my couscous more.

    • Laura on December 12, 2011

      Pg. 262. This is a really luscious dish. I made it exactly as written with the one exception that I substituted dried cranberries for the apricots because that's what I had. We really enjoyed this dish and look forward to leftovers tomorrow.

    • Emily Hope on December 15, 2011

      This recipe was quite simple and tasty--I like the approach of cooking it in the oven, makes it easy and flexible. The end result was a bit on the sweet side, even with the parsnips left out and swapped for turnips (didn't have parsnips). A dollop of yogurt on top helped. The couscous was a bit dry as written--a bit more liquid needed (I used whole wheat, don't know if that would make a difference). I put some harissa in the veg stock to be used for the harissa--tasty. Also melted the butter in the boiling water before pouring over couscous.

    • debkellie on June 13, 2017

      I loved this .. it is an explosion of flavour as Bwolfe2 says ...and that was using my home made (read mild) harissa.. excellent - and so easy .. looks complex from the ingredients but please do give it a try!

    • michalow on December 26, 2019

      I've made this enough times now that I think I've settled on the optimal modifications to suit my taste. Since I like a less sweet mix of vegetables, I use: onion (1/2 large), carrots (3), potatoes (6 baby), celery root (1 small), and fennel (1 bulb, added when the recipe calls for squash). I skip the star anise, reduce the cinnamon to one stick, and use golden raisins instead of apricots. Good with or without the harissa.

    • Delys77 on October 11, 2013

      Pg. 262 Followed as written except that my Israeli Couscous was bigger than average so I cooked it according to the package directions, and I left out the apricots as I don't usually like sweet and savoury together. The roasted vegetables are lovely with the buttery couscous, and there is a slight heat and lovely preserved lemon flavour which makes the dish that much more interesting. I would actually up the harissa and the lemon a bit next time.

    • annapanna on February 24, 2013

      The list of ingredients is quite long and this made me put off trying this recipe for a while. I don't usually have cinnamon sticks, star anice or preserved lemons at home so I had to buy them especially to make this dish. Still, I figured I could use the rest in some other Ottolenghi recipe. We really enjoyed this, I followed the recipe to the letter except that I couldn't find parsnips, so I used celeriac. The result was a bit too spicy for my taste (although my husband thought it was ok) so next time I'll add less harissa. Also, I will leave out the dried apricots as I don't like their consistency. Maybe I'll try using cranberries as someone else suggested.

    • dinnermints on October 29, 2018

      This was good, but not astoundingly so. Then again, I decreased the oil and didn't use the butter, so there you go. My veggies were all a bit undercooked except for the shallots; next time I'd cut the carrots, parsnips, and squash smaller and increase the heat to 400. And I used whole wheat Israeli couscous, so followed the instructions for that. Aha, and am seeing now that I forgot the saffron....

    • JLDuck on June 28, 2022

      This recipe is delicious. Once the vegetables were prepared it was just a matter of putting them into the oven in the recommended order. I did not follow the couscous recipe but stirred in the saffron and lemon skin with hot water.

    • Bwolfe2 on January 26, 2017

      I was given this cookbook when it was first published. It was beautiful and I read all the recipes but thought of it as more coffee-table book than workhorse recipe book. The aclaim on this site provoked me to prepare a recipe so I pulled it out and tried this one. I was blown away. A friend shared it with me and replied on first bite "it's an explosion of flavors." Yep. And all unique but beautifully blended. This was my first experience using preserved lemons and harissa. Both were easy to find. The harissa I used in moderation based on reviews of the recipe. This will become a family favorite as well as a company-best!! Delightful.

    • Dannausc on December 16, 2018

      Quite hearty and good.

  • Chickpea, tomato and bread soup

    • Cheri on December 18, 2021

      We loved this. Pesto is nice, but not necessary. Add some great bread and cheese on the side, finish with sliced pear. Lovely. Very warming and satisfying. Recommended

    • mcvl on January 17, 2023

      Simplified slightly because I didn't have all the ingredients called for, very good even though thus pared down.

    • Franci on November 03, 2011

      Not bad. My mom really enjoyed it, I thought it was ok. Used one celery stalk and some celeriac, less wine, cooking water from the chickpeas instead of veg. stock. No pesto.

    • AOski on August 04, 2012

      Pretty good. I added the fennel fronds with the other spices.... Why let them go to waste!? I puréed a bit of the soup to make it even stewy-er...

    • twoyolks on January 18, 2017

      This was nice but it wasn't particularly special. It tasted similar to any other rustic, Italian-ish vegetable stew.

    • Vegan.mum on August 28, 2013

      Delicious! We love this soup & it's quick and easy to throw together.

    • Rutabaga on April 09, 2014

      It's easy, it can be made in advance, and it's fun to eat things with pesto. This soup is great to throw together for a simple family supper. I like the idea of pureeing some of it, so may try that next time.

    • bwhip on March 06, 2020

      Wonderful, hearty soup, with excellent depth of flavor for something that comes together in about an hour. The pesto really takes it to another level.

    • etcjm on September 23, 2018

      Really enjoy this recipe. Cooked a few times. I don't add bread so it does tend to be on the watery side, but it has so much flavour. Makes a lot and I think it seems to lose a bit of the vibrancy when you freeze so would it be good to feed a few people cooked ahead. Think I might half the recipe next time.

    • Ishie1013 on April 14, 2022

      My first Ottolenghi recipe and quite nice, though a little mushy from the bread. Nice flavor and not too complicated for a complex flavor profile. Will keep it in the mix.

  • Stuffed onions

    • chefdiane on December 12, 2019

      This was a good recipe! We put some pasta sauce over it - and served with salad and bread

    • rubytuby on August 23, 2015

      I didn't like this very much. I just thought it tasted strange and wasn't filling enough to make a meal.

    • StoicLoofah on March 26, 2018

      We loved this recipe. You can serve maybe 4 people with it. We only needed 3 onions for it.

  • Sweet potato cakes

    • Breadcrumbs on April 19, 2015

      p. 32 - The recipe was ok but not at all remarkable. YO notes he's modified the original recipe he tasted at a small cafe in Tel Aviv. Perhaps I'd have preferred the version that caused him to fall in love with the dish but this one was pretty bland IMHO. I used 3 Thai bird chilis in the mix and the heat was still muted by the sweetness of the potatoes. I think where this recipe disappoints is in its texture. When we think of potato cakes we tend to think of latkes or fritters that are nice and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. While you can get some nice caramelization on these cakes, they are still just mashed potatoes and there isn't enough flour (and no egg) in the recipe to give them a texture beyond that of mashed potatoes. The yogurt sauce was pretty plain as well. I wouldn't bother making these again. Photos here:

    • TrishaCP on March 27, 2020

      We loved these. I tend to prefer strong flavors so I was a bit wary of blandness due to all of the comments but I loved the flavors here. (Sweet potatoes and scallions are always great together.) I used a microwave to steam the sweet potatoes so this came together pretty quickly.

    • FJT on January 03, 2013

      So simple to make and extremely tasty. Thought I'd overdone the chilli, but the yoghurt-based sauce was extremely good at counteracting it and a crisp green salad provided texture. This was a real crowd pleaser!

    • Barb_N on April 30, 2015

      These are very adaptable. I have made these twice in recent weeks- once as written, and once I added millet for some whole grain nutrition and body in place of the flour. As Breadcrumbs noted, these have a mild flavor unless you amp up the seasoning. The second time I added cumin, cayenne and coriander. I also gussied up the yogurt sauce.

    • ithyt on October 05, 2015

      9.15 Kids love - next time try with red kumara - orange went a bit mushy.

    • bcransto on November 15, 2015

      I've made this 3 times. The first was 5 stars. Blown away. The second I tried to go more healthy with small amt of veg oil instead of butter and low fat greek yogurt. It was 3 stars. I made it again with the butter and full fat sauce and it was 4 stars, very good but lacked the magic of the first time. I agree with Breadcrumbs, this recipe needs to be tweaked and amped. It really shines if the cakes are fried crispy, following YO's tip to make sure the edges of the patties are very uneven. I recommend tasting the potato mixture, I bumped up the sweetness with a little sugar. Same for the sauce...needed more cilantro and a little more lemon for the tang.

    • StoicLoofah on July 15, 2018

      Used 3 tbsp of butter to make 1 cast iron pan's worth (exactly half of the recipe) and cooked it for 6 minutes a side, and they came out tasty and crispy. I used Chinese steamer trays to cook the sweet potatoes (took maybe 1/2 hour), and although I put them into a colander, no water came out over a half hour, so I just moved on with the recipe.

    • sonyarr on November 25, 2022

      These are great, very comforting!

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      very tasteful. bake hard, otherwise they are not crunchy on the outside

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Fabulous! The sauce is fabulous too, and have used it with the Broad Bean Burgers on P194. Can use chives, also can use all sour cream.

    • tsp on September 23, 2023

      Made it tonight, I didn’t have spring onion but it was delicious anyway. I didn’t steam the potatoes, just peeled, cut into small pieces and boiled until tender. Left them in a colander for a while (20 min?). The sauce is very good even without coriander. I’d cook it again.

  • Asparagus mimosa

    • Breadcrumbs on May 08, 2011

      p. 182 Another enticing photograph in the book and, some lovely looking asparagus at the market was all it took to convince me to try this recipe. I love eggs and asparagus together and the idea of inviting some capers to the party had me salivating!! This dish comes together fairly quickly. Eggs are hardboiled and grated. Asparagus is boiled to cook then drained, drizzled w olive oil and sprinkled with capers, salt, pepper and the grated eggs. That's it, you're done! I think this would make a lovely starter however tonight I served it as a side dish w some bistecca style grilled steaks. We really enjoyed this dish and would be happy to have it again. A perfect spring dish and, now I’m two for two w this book!! Photos here:

    • anya_sf on June 26, 2017

      This is a very simple, delicious version of a classic dish. Super quick and easy to make.

  • Char-grilled asparagus

    • Breadcrumbs on May 30, 2011

      p. 182 - Picked up some lovely fresh-picked asparagus and had to give this recipe a try. I used garlic-infused grapeseed oil from NOTL which was just wonderful. The sweetness of the asparagus worked beautifully with the smoky flavours from the charcoal grill and the subtle tang of the feta and lemon zest took this dish from good to great. A definite winner that we'll happily serve again. YO suggests fresh ricotta as a sub for the feta so will have to give that a try. K had second helpings!! 'Nuff said!

    • MelMM on April 02, 2012

      Very simple and very delicious. Asparagus is delicious on the grill as it is, but the feta adds a nice touch, and the lemon zest really works to bring the dish together into something greater than the sum of its parts. I used grapeseed oil for the initial toss with the asparagus pre-grilling, and olive oil for the final drizzle.

    • L.Nightshade on June 04, 2011

      Mr. Nightshade made me promise to do this one again. We got asparagus at the farmer's market, a lovely feta from the cheesemonger, some lemon zest and olive oil, that's it and you've got a wonderfully flavorful dish. The recipe in the book is overshadowed by the photo of the other asparagus dish.

    • twoyolks on June 26, 2015

      This was basically grilled asparagus with a lemon vinaigrette and some feta. The feta came closer to over powering the asparagus instead of complementing it.

    • Rutabaga on May 04, 2016

      We all loved this dish. I broiled it rather than grilling, as that was more convenient. I sprinkled smoked Maldon sea salt over the asparagus, and topped it when goat cheese in place of the feta so it wouldn't be too salty. The goat cheese was wonderful - not too overpowering, it created a silky warm sauce for the asparagus.

    • Ganga108 on December 29, 2022

      This recipe is tucked away at the bottom of a page, and really is quite simple for an Ottolenghi recipe!! It is similar to a recipe I got from my brother a couple of decades ago, plus some feta. I love the bite of the feta with the sweetness of the asparagus (plus it adds protein), but I felt that the lemon wasn't prominent enough. Next time I'll use the feta with my brother's method. Or perhaps add some preserved lemon to the grill plate and serve with the asparagus and feta. Still, I rate it 5/5.

    • Acarroll on December 26, 2021

      The lemon zest really added to the overall dish.

  • Soba noodles with wakame

    • Breadcrumbs on May 31, 2011

      Soba Noodles with Wakame – p. 188 As I looked through the ingredient list for the sauce in this recipe I just knew we would love it and, I was wrong, we loved it!! This is a soba noodle salad w cucumbers, wakame and chopped herbs. It makes a perfect summer meal or side dish and I’m delighted to have some leftover for lunches. The sauce is made by mixing together rice vinegar, lime juice and zest, ginger, chilis, sugar, toasted sesame oil, peanut oil, sweet chili sauce, garlic and salt. Everything is tossed together and topped w the toasted sesame seeds and herbs. YO also suggests radish sprouts however there were none to be had in my neck of the woods. This dish is an explosion of flavours and texture truly a delight. I wasn’t sure how mr bc would feel about the wakame but he loved it. So glad to have discovered this recipe, I’d highly recommend it. Definitely a favourite from the Ottolenghi collection. Photos here:

    • meggan on May 15, 2016

      We did not love this. It needed more dressing than the recipe called for.

    • mbeedles on January 20, 2016

      This is the first Ottolenghi recipe I had tried, but it won't be the last! It was perfect for a spontaneous Sunday lunch, as I had some wakame in the pantry that I needed to use and happened to have the other ingredients on hand, along with fresh herbs from my garden (apart from the radish sprouts). My other family members don't like chilli. So, I substituted the sweet chilli sauce with cranberry sauce and put sliced fresh chillies in my own bowl. Using pure buckwheat soba noodles and rice breadcrumbs I was able to make this gluten free. The dish was light and delicious and worked brilliantly for leftovers the next day.

  • Warm glass noodles and edamame beans

    • Breadcrumbs on May 11, 2011

      p. 198 A lovely sweet, salty, spicy, sour noodle salad that was the perfect accompaniment to our grilled Asian chicken. We really enjoyed this dish and I’ll happily recommend it. I was a bit nervous about the acidity in the dressing since the quantity of lime juice far exceeded the quantity of oil so I incorporated the lime juice slowly until the flavours were balanced. All told I likely used 3 limes. We especially enjoyed the salad warm and I’m hoping it will stand up to a quick re-warm for lunches. Very nice indeed

    • bernalgirl on November 17, 2020

      Excellent interplay of flavors, add lime juice by halves to preserve balance

    • Delys77 on February 24, 2012

      Pg 198 I should have read breadcrumbs comments before starting this dish as I was also worried about the amount of acidity from the tamarind and the limes. I ended up cutting the lime back to two but I honestly think that was still a little too much. Overall I liked this dish but I would tweak it by dropping the lime to 1 or 1.5 and then increase all the herbs by about 25%. Finally I would up the soy to 1 tb and add 1 tsp of sesame oil. Might repeat with these changes since it is very healthy, comes together very quickly, and will be very good with the modifications. I also added baked tofu to make this a whole meal.

    • Rutabaga on April 05, 2014

      I was very happy to find this recipe featuring edamame, making it something that can be quickly whipped up primarily with pantry and freezer ingredients. The tamarind sauce is excellent, just adjust the sour, salty, and sweet flavors to taste. The second time I made it, I made the mistake of using this rice stick noodles, which do not cook in a flash like cellophane noodles! Fortunately, I was able to salvage the dish by adding some water to the pan to cook the noodles, which overcooked the edamame.

    • rubytuby on August 23, 2015

      I didn't think this was worth the effort. The sauce was too sour and the flavor just wasn't as good as a lot of Ottolenghi's other dishes. I also made the mistake of buying edamame still in the shell and it took forever to shell them.

    • clcorbi on May 18, 2017

      Add me to the list of those who think this sauce was too sour. My BF made this and used the full 4 lime's worth of juice, and the flavor was WAY too acidic. I would imagine somewhere between 2.5-3 limes would have been more suited to our taste. I also don't think the combo of cellophane noodles and edamame is very successful, since the edamame basically all sank to the bottom of the noodles, and were very hard to mix in. I will say that the noodles mellowed out the next day for leftovers, and tasted better cold. I mixed in some nutritional yeast to try and combat the acidity, which really helped. The fresh herbs are also very nice here.

    • Livia on January 11, 2020

      Agree this did not require that much lime and only used 1. Very difficult dish to nail the flavours.

    • Shaxon on March 18, 2022

      very limey - reduce lime juice and be sure to balance with palm sugar and heat

    • cook_fresco on November 09, 2021

      I wouldn't have found this tasty enough as a meal in one. Instead I served it alongside a shortcut version of Ottolenghi's chicken drumsticks with miso ginger and lime, from Plenty (roasted chicken thighs simply coated in the miso/ginger/lime zest etc. marinade). This gave a delicious sauce which added needed oomph to the noodles. I used four limes for the noodle dressing and as they were very fresh and hard, they gave barely enough lime juice! I guess it's down to personal taste and the fruit you have to hand. Also served the mint and coriander on the side as not everyone likes both.

  • Marinated buffalo mozzarella and tomato

    • Breadcrumbs on May 30, 2011

      p. 126 I’m a sucker for a lovely photo and this book is chock full of them! In addition to a beautiful picture, Ottolenghi notes this is probably one of the simplest, yet finest starters you can offer. . . . Sold! I’ll make that!! As promised, prep is super-simple.I was delighted to find that Costco has started selling buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy – for a song I might add! The marinade is full of fresh, vibrant flavours and aromas and together, this dish is like having a lovely plate of sunshine. The additional herbs and lemon zest take this beyond the traditional Caprese salad and really do make this something special. I’d highly recommend this recipe and will most definitely make it again.

    • goldfish on April 03, 2022

      I have made this several times and is one of my favorite appetizers for entertaining. It's easy, presents well, and is a crowd-pleaser. It's in my regular rotation. It could be deemed expensive but I think it's also worth the cost.

    • Astrid5555 on May 16, 2016

      I will never ever eat a Caprese salad any other way! This is one of the best starters I have had in a very long time. Who would have thought that fennel seeds and lemon zest could elevate this dish to something really outstanding!!!

    • cilantrolime on August 17, 2014

      This is possibly the best starter I've had ever! Made with bufala mozzarella from Costco and served with crusty bread and good tomatoes from farmer's market. Didn't have fresh oregano so I substituted with dry oregano (much smaller amount). Turned out great.

    • Lepa on September 02, 2018

      This really is the best Caprese I've ever had. At least once a year I make it for a special dinner party. It is always a hit. It doesn't look nice but it is delicious.

    • sosayi on August 22, 2019

      Chiming in with another glowing review. Made this as part of a large group dinner on vacation and it was the star of the table. 8 adults finished off 3 recipes worth in under 10 minutes (my husband barely got any as he was putting the baby down as dinner started). Super easy prep and tasted good even with only fresh basil (and no oregano) for the herbs. Will be making this again and again every summer.

    • AndieEats on July 05, 2021

      Tasty and easy to throw together. My garlic clove may have been a bit large though, and was a very forward note.

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Heaven! We have been making this dish for ever and a day. We make all sorts of variations. Sometimes we use Trecce, the plaits of Mozzarella, or really large balls, and tear them apart, drizzling with a grassy extra virgin olive oil and tossing tomato wedges, cucumber slices and basil leaves on top. It is divine, and ready in 5 minutes. Salt and pepper, and it is done. Sometimes we use tiny bocconcini balls, cutting or tearing them in halves and marinating them, or using them as-is. Add some spring onions to the tomatoes and cucumbers. Drizzle with even more olive oil. We can’t even remember where we first came across this practice but it is common. This recipe has large balls of Buffalo Mozzarella marinated in spices, herbs, garlic and oil, before tomatoes are added. This is probably one of the simplest yet finest suppers you can make. It is a great summery meal to eat on the couch watching your favourite show.

  • Celeriac and lentils with hazelnut and mint

    • Fiona on August 14, 2013

      This is delicious - I haven't used celeriac much before, now this recipe has become one of my favorite ways to serve lentils. Usually serve with small piece of hot-smoked salmon.

    • lizwinn on December 24, 2010

      This was fabulous. Fussy to make, yes, but worth every bit of effort. Got rave reviews by our friends and family. Very "meaty" and substantial, though vegan.

    • lorloff on March 20, 2018

      Excellent way to serve lentils. The celeriac is perfect with it and the hazelnuts and hazelnut oil is brilliant. We served it with poached salmon at a dinner party and it was a real hit. We cooked the celeriac in lemon water to keep it from turning brown and it added to the taste.

    • RosieB on July 23, 2011

      Yes, I made it too. It was a great combination and not too challenging. A great addition to our vegetarian favourites.

    • Margaretsmall on August 27, 2013

      I agree, very good. Made a few modifications, not because I thought I could improve it, just what I had on hand. A leek was lurking in the fridge so I softened it in a little oil before adding the lentils. No hazelnuts, so I used almonds. In deference to my waistline I omitted the hazelnut oil (which is not to be had in my supermarket anyway) and finally stirred some rocket through to add a bit of green. But Yotam must take credit for this, which I'll definitely make again.

    • dinnermints on June 13, 2017

      Good. I cut the olive oil out entirely, and used some rutabaga in addition to the celery root.

  • Savoy cabbage and Parmesan skin soup

    • Laura on December 30, 2015

      Pg. 104. This was ok, but nothing special. I couldn't find Savoy cabbage, so used Napa cabbage instead. I pureed the soup in my VitaMix to a 'nubby' consistency and added the grated parmesan. The sauteed cabbage and red pepper added texture to the soup. I wouldn't make it again.

    • joneshayley on November 11, 2019

      My favourite brassica soup. The richness achieved through the Parmesan rinds is brilliant, so much more than the sum of its parts. I blitzed it completely smooth and velvety

    • Rutabaga on December 09, 2014

      This is a good way to make use of Parmesan rinds. Aside from the savoy cabbage, the remaining ingredients are ones many will likely already have on hand. Because I had a collection of rinds to use, I added 9 ounces of rind to the stock rather than only three. This gave the soup a definite Parmesan flavor, enough that I decided not to grate any additional on top. Since I was out of caraway, I used nigella seeds instead, and I substituted homemade chicken stock for the vegetable stock. The texture is very appealing when left a little rough and loose.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      perfect dish!

  • Shakshuka

    • Laura on October 29, 2014

      Pg. 87. Made this for dinner last night. As I do with all Ottolenghi recipes, I significantly reduced the amount of oil to about 1/4 cup and that was plenty and the finished dish was not at all oily. I also used canned tomatoes as I didn't have any fresh. Except for the time-consuming process of slicing the onions and peppers, this comes together very quickly and is quite simple. The biggest problem I had was that some eggs were a bit overcooked. The saffron seasoning was key -- it gave a wonderful flavor to the whole dish.

    • wester on February 04, 2019

      Even without the added sugar, this was a tad sweeter than I would have preferred. Otherwise good.

    • adrienneyoung on May 29, 2012

      This is utterly delicious. Oily, but delicious. Can also be served with sausages.

    • wcassity on October 03, 2019

      Delicious. Made with CSA tomatoes and red peppers. Added feta at the end.

    • darcie_b on September 29, 2016

      I added some feta but otherwise followed the recipe and found it to be quite delicious.

    • Tyelperion on February 19, 2013

      Agree that this was delicious but too oily (and we have a pretty high tolerance for oily food generally!) Next time I will at least halve the amount of olive oil called for, perhaps even reduce by 2/3.

    • stockholm28 on August 29, 2013

      Delicious. I've probably made this a dozen times. This recipe is great in the summer when tomatoes and peppers are abundant. I love the spicy sauce.

    • cjross on September 07, 2020

      This is my favorite shakshuka recipe. I make it everytime it's my CSA's tomato and red pepper season. I follow the recipe as written. My 2.5 year old just tried it for the first time and declared "This food is super yummy! This is a special food!"

    • Rinshin on December 12, 2016

      Made this again. Like the last time, I reduced the amount of oil to half and cooked a little longer than the recipe instructions adding water occasionally to keep the saucy consistency. Instead of cayenne, I added aleppo pepper this time. Not traditional but served with cheesy polenta. I love this recipe.

    • Rinshin on January 14, 2014

      Wonderful egg recipe full of bold flavors. I normally do not use the full amount of oil called for in recipes and I used less than half of oil and it worked just fine.

    • Rachaelsb on November 10, 2019

      Have always wanted to try this...delicious . Agree with others, can use less oil but thought flavors of sauce were wonderful, Incredbibly filling. Still full 8 hours later!!

    • VineTomato on June 10, 2017

      One of the best shakshuka recipes I've made

    • LFL on May 15, 2021

      4 stars. My husband made this and added cubed firm tofu in place of eggs (we're vegan). Pretty sure he cut the salt to 2/3 or so. He must not have used high enough heat when he first put in the peppers and the onion because the peppers never reached that stewed stage and were bright colored (but soft enough) at the end . It was delicious but very oily. Will definitely cut down on oil if we make it again.

    • sarahawker on August 08, 2016

      Loved this for a low carb breakfast. Very flavorful. I did reduce the amount of oil to 1/4 cup and it was very good. I too overcooked the eggs the first time, next day I heated up 1/2 cup of the tomato mixture and immediately cracked an egg over the cold mixture, by the time all was heated I had a perfectly cooked egg, maintained a runny yolk.

    • mamacrumbcake on September 26, 2017

      This was quite easy and good but I think it would be ok to cut back a bit on the oil. Don't be afraid to salt this until it is seasoned well.

    • meginyeg on September 17, 2021

      We loved this. I left out the saffron due to not having any and the cilantro due to taste but it was still delicious. I will make it again with the saffron next time.

    • Totallywired on February 06, 2019

      Overloaded with peppers, this is out of balance and quite oily as others described. Look elsewhere.

    • Beebopalulu on December 02, 2019

      Really delicious. Best shakshuka recipe I have tried. May try reducing the oil next time though.

    • allisonsemele on July 24, 2021

      Half recipe with a small pinch of saffron, no sugar, and less oil. The saffron and thyme flavors are very nice in this.

    • lelito on November 18, 2020

      Flavoursome and absolutely excellent. I used less oil though. This goes straight into my "Favorite Recipes"!

  • Chickpea sauté with Greek yoghurt

    • Laura on November 19, 2020

      I chose this recipe because I had some chard that needed to be cooked and I'm glad I did. This makes for a very colorful and tasty side dish or light main course. I first served it over quinoa and found that I didn't care for it because the quinoa made it seem dry. The second time I didn't use quinoa or any other grain and served it on its own and I liked it much better. I significantly increased the amounts of mint and cilantro and I'd do that again because the mint really makes this dish. The one thing I'd do differently is to boil the chard stems, but saute the leaves. After boiling there was hardly anything left of the leaves.

    • TrishaCP on June 04, 2020

      We enjoyed the taste of this, but it needed a lot more lemon juice to really make the flavors sing (at least double). I used a combination of baby greens (chard, spinach, and kale) so I skipped the blanching step.

    • rglo820 on January 12, 2018

      The yogurt makes it. I sometimes shy away from chard since it can be kind of fussy to prep if it needs to be thinly sliced, but I appreciated blanching it whole and then just coarsely chopping it. A fried egg is a nice addition as well.

    • Melanie on July 14, 2014

      I was pleasantly surprised by this - tasted good reheated for work lunch, paired with yoghurt & sumac. I roughly doubled the recipe, although think used closer to triple the quantity of chickpeas (used tinned). Very good, will make again.

    • Delys77 on February 04, 2012

      Very healthy and nutritious with good colour and texture. Flavour wise I added much more lemon to the dish and the yogurt and it pepped it up nicely. Overall a nice veggie dish with good protein from the legumes.

    • twoyolks on November 01, 2014

      This was quite good. The Greek yogurt provides a nice richness to complement the chickpeas, carrots, and Swiss chard. This was particularly good wrapped in a whole wheat pita with the yogurt spread throughout it.

    • imaluckyducky on October 21, 2014

      5 stars! Holy cow this is good. Carrots offer a nice sweetness to the nuttiness of the chickpeas, the tang of the yogurt, and the body provided by the olive oil. Doubled the garlic and added half a TBs more of cilantro and mint. Will make a double batch next time, as it holds well for lunch the next day. Longest part of the recipe was separating the stalks from the leaves, but I got this all done in under 40 minutes.

    • ksg518 on September 26, 2016

      This is wonderful. Like many Ottolenghi recipes, the ingredient list seems odd but it all somehow comes together in the end. I love the addition of caraway, which gives the final product a heartier taste than it might have otherwise.

    • Rutabaga on February 03, 2015

      I made this for the second time, but with a few changes based on what I already had at home. This meant using rainbow chard, pinto beans instead of chickpeas, lemon pepper instead of caraway, and no mint, but extra cilantro and a little arugula. Still, I think it was true to the spirit of the original, very bright and fresh. Yogurt with olive oil is the perfect topping, making the dish richer and more filling as a main course.

    • anya_sf on May 31, 2020

      This was perfectly fine, but not super exciting. It was quick and easy to prepare and made a nice side dish with grilled sausages.

    • StoicLoofah on November 18, 2018

      Tasty. The flavor is good, but the real win is how simple the meal is, especially compared to some other Ottolenghi adventures

    • MissKoo on May 23, 2020

      Really perfect for these Covid-19 days of staying home. Makes a filling and tasty meal with relatively little prep work, and leftovers work well for lunch. The flavors all come together beautifully. Used artisanal lemon-infused olive oil with the yogurt to enhance citrus flavor. Definitely a keeper.

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      Ultra-easy and really delicious.

  • Swiss chard, chickpea and tamarind stew

    • Laura on March 26, 2014

      Pg. 148. Made this for dinner last night and followed it exactly as written except that I served it over long-grain basmati rice and accompanied it with Greek yogurt and chopped cilantro. With the rice, it was a complete meal. It's quite simple and doesn't take very long (well, except for the time to cook the beans). The tamarind provides a tangy note and the caraway adds a pleasant infusion of its flavor through the whole dish. My husband really liked it; I liked it but didn't love it -- although I did love how healthy and easy it was.

    • saladdays on March 08, 2014

      An interesting mix of subtle flavours and textures, the chickpeas contrast well with the chard. I used tamarind paste instead of the pulp which cut down on one process and canned chickpeas which shortens another. A good midweek, meat free supper.

    • Dinovino on November 20, 2023

      Tasty, tangy and satisfying, Kale was a great substitute for the Chard.

    • IndyGirl on October 18, 2018

      Took remaining Chickpea sauté with Greek yoghurt from same cookbook and made this recipe. Just ok. Not worth making again.

    • purrviciouz on September 02, 2020

      I was delightfully surprised by this. I also served with basmati rice, greek yougurt, and a generous squeeze of lime. I also had a random fennul bulb that added along with the onions. I used 3 Tbsp of tamarind paste in place of the pulp extract. I would absolutely make this again as it was a delicious weeknight meal and leftovers.

  • Tamara's ratatouille

    • rodillagra on February 02, 2015

    • ComeUndone on August 21, 2011

      Good vegan main course with bold flavour purely drawn from the vegetable. Bonus is being able to use up so many items in the produce drawer in one go.

    • Delys77 on February 04, 2012

      Pg 74 This recipe takes about 1.5 hours and involves a good deal of chopping and layering compared to other ratatouille recipes Ive tried. Overall the flavour was quite nice and it is quite healthy but the lack of herbs leaves it a little flat. Perhaps next time you could do a touch of thyme or basil to lift it a bit. The approach does yield lots of flavour from the vegetables.

    • astrobubble on November 18, 2013

      Its absolutely gorgeous, but if you are short on time you really can cut a few corners in the process and still end up with something gorgeous. Its bold and colourful. I made it at a dinner party and people still comment that it was the freshest ratatouille ever.

    • Nichill on August 19, 2017

      We only really had the standard ratatouille ingredients, so I skipped the squash and beans. The method was great, straightforward, and produced delicious results on a weekday evening.

    • Zephyrness on November 13, 2020

      This is amazing. You do want to do all the prep work up front, which makes it seem like a lot. I sort my veggies into bowls based on when they go in the pan, which makes it much easier. The quantities of veggies are flexible, though I have always made sure to have all the ingredients. There is nothing really unusual, and you could likely substitute in carrots or sweet potatoes. Trust the recipe and stick with just salt and pepper. The process produces terrific flavor.

    • Tiganna on August 19, 2017

      A lot of chopping, but not too difficult and very tasty, even though I had to leave a few elements (squash, parsnip) out. I really liked the textures and overall taste. One to repeat.

  • Caramelized fennel with goat's curd

    • rodillagra on January 17, 2019

      Didn't add the dill, garlic or cheese as I was serving this as a side dish. Tasted fantastic. Would definitely slice the fennel thinner the next time (and it looks thinner in the photo in the book).

    • apattin on January 30, 2023

      Lovely, but a bit too much fat for my taste and too much sugar. I will remeat with adjustments

    • FJT on November 28, 2012

      Oh, this is so good!! Beautiful flavour and textures ... this ne might be on our Christmas menu.

    • michalow on December 31, 2012

      Amazing. And I haven't even added the goat cheese yet, which can only make it better.

    • Miquette on March 12, 2013

      Insanely good! Will lower the temperature a little next time as the butter began to burn while browning the fennel. I wiped out the pan and added some fresh butter/oil before adding the sugar and fennel seeds and caramelizing over med-high.

    • e_ballad on November 07, 2016

      So so good. Will happily double the recipe next time. Incredibly tasty, with so many flavours & textures in one simple dish.

    • anya_sf on June 27, 2018

      I trimmed too much off the bottoms of the bulbs so many of the slices did not stay intact, but still cooked OK. I didn't have dill, so I used a bit of mint (less since it's stronger), and it was good. I cooked the garlic with the fennel for a minute so it wouldn't be raw. The fennel was delicious. I would have preferred it cooked slightly more, so next time I'd slice it thinner.

    • Starrysky on July 10, 2017

      Very very good! The combination of fennel and goat cheese is a winner!

    • patioweather on May 05, 2020

      Served as a crostini. Let the fennel get darker than you feel comfortable with.

  • Lemon and aubergine risotto

    • rodillagra on November 22, 2020

      This was lovely. Agree with everyone else that it is easier to stick the aubergine under the grill. Also the portion sizes didn't look huge but with a side salad it turned out to be just enough. I can't quite decide if that is because we are used to overeating or if risotto is just very filling.

    • SWS on December 11, 2013

      This dish didn't come together until right at the end but turned out utterly delicious. Quantities are not over generous.

    • FJT on October 02, 2018

      Lovely, fresh flavours. I prepared the aubergine under the grill in the oven and it worked just fine. Not my favourite risotto recipe, but it's well worth making again.

    • snarkattack on April 15, 2015

      The aubergine prep is the hardest and fiddliest bit, so make sure you set aside a lot of time for it - will try again but grill/roast aubergine rather than charring it over gas burner.

    • Beckiemas on April 09, 2017

      Love this - so full of flavour. Two of us finished it off for dinner. Charring the eggplant on the stove was fiddly, but we had a beautiful smoky flavour in the risotto.

    • ksg518 on August 27, 2015

      This is amazing. Agree with previous review that grilling or roasting the eggplant is the better approach. Using my gas burner worked but created a big mess. I also agree the quantities are not overly generous. Three of us devoured the entire recipe so I think it would only work for four as a side dish. My cubed eggplant didn't get crisp, perhaps because my pan was too crowded. Nonetheless, this will get made again and again.

    • rubytuby on August 23, 2015

      This is so full of amazing flavor. It's a great spring or early summer meal and easy to put together once you get the hang of burning the eggplant, which is absolutely delicious.

    • shane.metzke on September 19, 2022

      I briefly charred a zucchini on the burner then diced it and added at the last minute (still firm) as we don’t like aubergine. Also added peas. 200gm is enough for two.

  • Smoky frittata

    • wester on December 17, 2019

      I made this with smoked feta instead of scamorza, so that may have been why it turned out a bit dry. Good flavor. Better cold than warm.

    • L.Nightshade on June 04, 2011

      Cauliflower florets are blanched and then fried in a skillet until golden on one side. Then a mixture of eggs, creme fraiche, mustard, smoked paprika, chives, and cheeses are poured into the pan. The recipe calls for a mix of smoked scarmoza ("often called smoked mozzarella") and cheddar. Scarmoza was not available in my town, so I used a mix of smoked red cheddar and fresh mozzarella. This was a good frittata, but I would not be likely to serve it again for breakfast or brunch. But that is just me, as I don't really go for most of the brassicas in the morning. I'd love to try it with the scarmoza the recipe calls for, but I'd make it as a tapa, probably. Alternately, I'd make this for breakfast, using all the same ingredients but substituting potatoes for the cauliflower.

    • eselque on August 07, 2012

      Replaced cauliflower with broccoli.

    • Delys77 on February 04, 2012

      Pg 96 This is a delicious and different frittata. I used the smoked mozzarella and it was fabulous with the cauliflower. I added an egg as my cauli was large and served for lunch. The overall texture is good but cut the cauli into relatively small florets. I agree that it would be a great tapa or even main with a good salad, which would offset the richness.

    • twoyolks on October 02, 2014

      The cauliflower should definitely be in smaller pieces in the future. The taste was a bit reminiscent of a hot dog with cheese (the combination of the smokiness, paprika, and cheese flavors), but in a good way.

    • Yildiz100 on March 10, 2018

      Really delicious. It needed about 4 extra minutes in the oven to set in the middle. Used 1/2 tsp table salt and it was just right. I replaced the chives with a bit of parsley for color. I had parsley on hand and I can never taste chives anyway. I used the scarmorza but would use smoked cheddar when I can't get my hands on the former. Cauliflower was a little hard for my taste but probably because I sauteed it for less than 5 minutes because one side was already nice and browned. Next time around try browning both sides to get the cauliflower more thoroughly cooked. Probably not a good idea to extend the parboiling time since the cauliflower might then fall apart during the sautee stage. This comes together surprisingly quickly and easily. Great entree for a weeknight.

    • clkandel on January 24, 2017

      I made this with garlic cheddar cheese, but the paprika still gave the dish a great smoky flavor. Adjust the amount of cauliflower based on ending up with a single layer for the size of the pan you'll use. Again, depending on your pan size, may need to adjust the number of eggs or add some cream or milk to the egg mixture.

    • thekitchenchronicles on August 01, 2017

      This frittata is amazing- it's so smoky (smells like a barbecued potato chip) which actually makes it taste meaty and hearty. As others have said, you may have some leftover cauliflower so you can fit it all in a single layer. I wrote it up here:

    • dinnermints on June 30, 2022

      Great flavor, quite easy to put together. The review notes here were very helpful. I increased the eggs to 8 for 8 servings and increased most of the other ingredients accordingly. Also used Greek yogurt instead of crème fraiche, reduced smoked cheese to 4 oz and kept cheddar at 2 oz and olive oil at 2 T. I cut cauliflower in smaller pieces per the recommendations here, and steamed them in the microwave rather than boiling them in salt water. I then added salt to taste as the cauliflower was browning in the pan. Added 1/2 tsp salt to the eggs.

    • Zosia on August 06, 2021

      I replaced the creme fraiche with yogurt and reduced the cheese by half for a less rich but still delicious frittata that family enjoyed.

    • Colleen01 on September 21, 2014

      Absolutely delicious. Will definitely make again - though I will cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces next time.

    • Lepa on July 31, 2016

      Delicious. This is the dish I make when we entertain for brunch. The smoky taste almost tastes like ham!

    • anya_sf on October 08, 2020

      I had to substitute cream for creme fraiche and smoked gouda for scamorza. My cauliflower was rather large, so the frittata took an extra 15 minutes in the oven - there was more than one layer of cauliflower and the egg mixture did not cover it all, but it still worked in the end. Very tasty, would make again, but will also cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces (they didn't soften further after parboiling).

    • StoicLoofah on July 02, 2018

      Cut the cauliflower into small pieces. I think you can do most of the prep ahead of time if necessary up to everything in the frying pan.

    • chezmaryb on February 23, 2021

      Very rich and filling, with a little less guilt because it has a good amount of cauliflower

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      delicious, with a fresh cucumber salad, as side dish or cold lunch

  • Yoghurt flatbreads with barley and mushrooms

    • ironsteph on September 11, 2012

      I have not made the barley and mushroom part, but the whole wheat yogurt flatbreads (made with greek yogurt) have become a staple for me: they are easy, delicious, and go with many other things. Fresh bread always makes a meal better.

    • okcook on January 08, 2014

      Just made the mushroom/barley mixture. Wonderful. So earthy and I can totally see using another grain. I did toast my barley before cooking for some added richness. It would make a great side for all kinds of meats/salads. It reheats really well too.

    • eliza on January 12, 2016

      I only made the flatbreads, added zata'ar spice blend, and rolled them as thin as possible. They were pretty good.

    • jaxstar84 on October 30, 2012

      These will be my go to flatbreads from now on! Soft with a great flavour, they're not as plain as other flatbreads, and with the mushrooms on top, it's amazing. I love this recipe. So simple but SO delicious. I used brown rice instead and it was great.

    • k.a.g on June 02, 2013

      In response to Donnakay - my edition says to roll the flatbreads out to 2mm (more like 1/16 of an inch!).

    • annapanna on March 10, 2013

      I thought the flatbreads turned out a bit dry, maybe I made them too thick? The mushroom-barley mixture was quite nice. I had some leftovers the next day and I thought it tasted even better then.

    • Donnakay on December 29, 2012

      The recipe says to roll the discs out to 1" thick. That can't possibly be right. 1/8" thick is more like it.

    • StoicLoofah on February 26, 2018

      Definitely roll the flatbreads out a lot more than 1 inch. I think rolling it out to at least a 9 inch diameter and maybe more depending on your preference. if you don't use clarified butter, lean more heavy on the vegetable oil than butter or else it will get very dark.

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2021

      Pretty. Jolly. Good. Used black barley and pearl mushroom with shiitake mushrooms.

  • Avocado, quinoa and broad bean salad

    • vinochic on July 29, 2014

      a bit garlicky but very good.

    • mziech on May 28, 2012

      Delicious fresh salad. Crispy. Ingredients combine well.

    • Astrid5555 on August 02, 2018

      Delicious! Used edamame instead of fava beans, since I could not find them anywhere. Loved the radishes and lemon segments in this salad. I followed Rutabaga’s note and used Aleppo pepper to make it more kid-friendly and made everything ahead except for the avocados, which I added just bevore serving.

    • evergreengirl on February 15, 2019

      Delicious! Made this a few times - originally as written, now it's just a base recipe. Last night, made it winter- and kid-friendly with only 1 garlic clove, frozen shelled edamame (microwaved 1 min) instead of favas, chunked the avocado, skipped the radishes, and just juiced the lemon. On the side: Urfa or Aleppo pepper, minced parsley instead of the cress.

    • soleilune on June 02, 2012

      Pretty tasty! Great way to use up the fava beans from your CSA box. Cut the recipe in half and it scales well for two people for lunch.

    • Rutabaga on June 12, 2016

      This is a tasty vegan salad - I didn't even miss the cheese. For the chile flakes, I used a couple teaspoons of Aleppo pepper. I made the salad a few hours ahead of time, but waited until just before serving to add the avocado and greens.

    • Hannaha100 on May 25, 2017

      This is exactly my kind of salad. Worst part is shelling the broad beans. Didn't quite have the right ingredients so used cucumber for radishes and spinach for cress (no garlic). Feel like a bit of a dope for not realising you could segment lemons like oranges... Will definitely make this again.

    • tekobo on June 26, 2016

      June 16 Maybe reduce the amount of oil. Tasty and peppery with the radishes

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      fresh salad for the summer, added some basil

  • Soba noodles with aubergine and mango

    • vinochic on February 23, 2012

      Good recipe. I used less oil though, and next time i will probably cut back on the sugar just a bit.

    • bgood on November 09, 2011

      Make sure soba are al dente, they go soft very quickly

    • TrishaCP on August 13, 2017

      Interesting treatment for soba noodles, but a bit too time-consuming to prepare without the usual Ottolenghi taste payoff (in my opinion). I also roasted the eggplant to lighten the calorie load (maybe that's why I'm not as thrilled by this one!).

    • monicahorridge on July 23, 2013

      Very very tasty, perfect for a lunchbox. It was quite fiddly, though, and took longer to cook than I was expecting. In future I'd make it for dinner with extra left over for lunch.

    • yellowbird531 on August 20, 2018

      I did my eggplant in the oven on 450 for about 15 minutes. Saved time and mess and was delicious!

    • mharriman on July 17, 2019

      As others have noted, there’s a lot of prep for this dish. That said, my husband and I thought it was delicious, especially on a very warm summer night. The fresh mango, basil, and eggplant worked well together with the noodles. I added sautéed tofu for added protein.

    • pistachiopeas on May 25, 2015

      I really love this recipe but everything seemed a bit "wet."

    • cilantrolime on July 06, 2014

      Tasty and interesting. Probably my current favorite noodle salad. Not very healthy though, as the fried eggplants soak up a lot of oil.

    • LFL on August 23, 2020

      3.5 stars. This was good but not great. Maybe my expectations were too high since it’s so popular here on EYB. It tasted much too sweet.

    • JLDuck on January 04, 2018

      Fiddly to make but worth the effort. I cooked the eggplant very quickly and drained on kitchen paper. It was not oily. Also I made sure that the noodles were relatively dry before completing the dish.

    • Agaillard on August 02, 2023

      Loved it, especially the sauce! I used 1/4 noodles also and half an aubergine, half a mango... but made the whole sauce serving ... also didn't use tofu... I otherwise followed the recipe exactly and am really glad i stumbled upon it ... Gorgeous, healthy, full of vitamines and delicious

    • mjes on September 10, 2021

      This is a salad I will gladly remake. Make sure the mango is ripeand adjust the sugar accordingly. The quantities on the herbs are needed.

    • finebec on May 01, 2017

      To save time and calories I roasted the aubergine, using the method on page 114 of the American Ed., Eggplant tricolore. I recognize I lost the crunch quality that he likes in his dishes. Mango was a Tommy Atkins mango, from South America that I carefully ripen myself using the paper bag and Apple method. It been declared the best dish yet out of this cookbook by my family.

    • ChelseaP on August 05, 2021

      Was a bit of a faff to fry all the eggplant but worth it in the end. Absolutely delicious!

    • chezmaryb on February 21, 2021

      Worth the hype. A rare make again recipe for me

    • Beebopalulu on December 03, 2019

      Tasty but not out of this world - ratio of effort to enjoyment could be better

    • Pimlicocook on June 06, 2023

      Fresh, delicious and easy - and can be prepared ahead. Made 1/4 noodles and dressing with one aubergine and half a mango for one person and it was a generous portion for lunch (no extra tofu required, as suggested in recipe intro). I roasted the aubergine, like many others. Would make again.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      great flavours and easy to make! to go with a BBQ

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Highly highly highly delicious! It brings together mango and charred eggplant in a way that makes it seem way out there, but is perfectly balanced. It is such a surprising combination of flavours and that makes this a memorable dish from the first bite – sweet from the mango and savoury from the eggplant. It is a beautiful noodle for hot summer nights or for a simple weeknight dinner any night of the year. The leftovers only get better in the refrigerator, so Yotham highly recommends making enough for lunch leftovers.

    • aeybkme on May 29, 2023

      Absolutely delicious. Serves four as a main meal.

    • anniecc on May 31, 2023

      This was delicious and quite quick for an Ottolenghi dish, I made it for a weekday lunch. I would definitely recommend roasting the aubergine in the oven - the texture is almost the same and it's much less work. I am fortunate to have access to exceptionally good Pakistani mangoes at this time of year and that really makes a difference. I also chose to marinade the red onions in the dressing along with the chili and garlic as I don't much like raw onions.

    • rhb on December 05, 2022

      Fantastic recipe! I have all of the eyb comments here to thank for convincing me to try this. I subbed some things for what I had on hand; one eggplant, two mangoes, green onions instead of red, and about half the amount of basil. Noodles were done enough at around 3 minutes boil; rested for over an hour on a towel and this probably helped to make them less mushy. I will cook even less next time. I tossed the eggplant with olive oil and salt and roasted at 450 f for 15 minutes and broiled a bit at the end. More eggplant next time, for sure, but it was still great.

  • Burnt aubergine with tahini

    • Foodo on May 11, 2012

      An excellent dish! I didn't have any Pom seeds, and it was still an outstanding recipe, I can't wait to make it again.

    • wcassity on December 16, 2012

      Amazing! The pomegranate seeds make it special, give it interesting texture. Very rich, garlicky.

    • PinchOfSalt on September 04, 2014

      Wow. Really really good. I have made this a number of times. The dough blade in my Cuisinart food processor is great for doing the mixing. Do not attempt this recipe using only the chopping blade. The texture and appearance are all wrong. (Who would have expected such a huge difference?)

    • clkandel on July 31, 2014

      This dish is delicious. I don't like baba ganoush, so wasn't sure about this recipe, but the pomegranate molasses adds such a different taste profile. I'll be making this again.

    • VineTomato on June 10, 2017

      Amazing version of a kind of baba ganoush. Have made it a number of times.

    • JLDuck on May 31, 2019

      Unbelievably delicious. I added the cherry tomatoes. Don't think they are necessary. The key is getting the right amount of 'burn' on the eggplant. That smokey taste is essential. I used my grill to great effect.

    • a2cook on July 29, 2017

      Fabulous! My mouth is watering right now just thinking about how good this was. Tried to save some for leftovers, but ended up sticking my head in the fridge and eating the rest of it. Next time, double or triple the recipe.

    • Lsblackburn1 on August 09, 2022

      Used jarred roast eggplant, which made this so quick and easy to make. Very tasty!

    • Cochise on April 17, 2019

      Great recipe. Can be served with a variety of meats (my favourite is harissa marinaded lamb) and pita/flat bread. Make sure you season it right to bring out all the flavour of the tahini and eggplant.

    • StephEpices on August 10, 2019

      This was so surprising! I was expecting a variation of baba ganoush but this one has its own flair enough to be its own mezze. The cucumber and pomegranate adds soooo much!

    • DePollepel on September 27, 2021

      Delicious, with some flatbread. Very nice and fresh.

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      There is a marriage made in heaven, and that is eggplant and tahini. Oh, goodness, how magic happens with that combination. There are a quadzillion recipes that feature that specific combination, and it is no wonder. They tend to be Middle Eastern in origin, or in style. This recipe is no exception – it is Middle Eastern, it is magic, and it is delicious. The combination features pomegranate molasses, and the usual garlic and lemon juice. You will adore it.

  • Broccolini and sweet sesame salad

    • Nik on July 11, 2021

      A delicious, crunchy salad doused in a fabulous creamy sauce. I used market-fresh broccolini (roughly chopped after blanching) and mangetout.

    • eliza on July 19, 2016

      I liked this salad and it's a great way to use beans and snow peas from the garden. The dressing is nice, however I do like my own tahini dressing better (adapted from The Cook's Garden book), so I will continue to make that dressing for this salad. I omitted the nigella seeds.

    • michalow on January 04, 2013

      mangetout = snow pea

    • LouiseStaley on October 15, 2012

      This is truly spectacular. Tender crisp greens with a creamy dairy free dressing. This is definately a keeper.

    • Yildiz100 on February 08, 2015

      I loved the texture, but he dressing was just a bit sweet for my taste.

    • oddkitchen on January 13, 2013

      Delectable. Addictive sweet/savory vegan dressing. Recipe is also on the Guardian site. Groundnut oil=peanut oil

    • KarinaFrancis on September 26, 2017

      Loved it! I felt healthy and virtuous with every bite. Easy to make on a weeknight and its really delicious too. I added some roast chicken to make it a meal. Totally agree with the previous reviewer who suggested asparagus would be nice too, I think this will be on high rotation over summer

    • VineTomato on May 06, 2019

      Great salad and a lovely dressing. An enjoyable way to get the greens in!

    • JLDuck on December 31, 2019

      As noted by others the dressing is fabulous. I used asparagus and beans. Worked a treat.

    • rmorse on August 11, 2019

      The dressing for this salad is amazing, and it is a delicious change.

    • lajaxon on May 10, 2016

      Nice way to have a lot of tasty greens with a different and very flavorful sauce/dressing. I used less honey than suggested.

    • clcorbi on May 18, 2017

      I didn't end up loving this salad as much as everyone else, but it was due to a serious user error--I used broccoli rabe rather than broccolini, and the bitter flavor just doesn't work well here. I'd be willing to give this another try with the correct veggie. I also think asparagus could be really nice here. I will note that the dressing turned out quite thick for me--I thinned it out with a bit of sesame oil, which was nice.

    • damjih on June 21, 2022

      I thought it was just ok, and not significantly better than just eating this mix of veggies with butter and lemon, but I guess maybe the point is to not eat the same flavours all the time, ha

    • purrviciouz on September 03, 2020

      I can't think of any vegetables that this sauce wouldn't be great on. I think white miso might be a nice addition to add a little salt as i found myself reaching for the salt shaker.

    • fscassim on June 21, 2020

      Wow, what a dressing! I just steam the veggies and serve the dressing on the side. Similar to the traditional Japanese sesame miso sauce, but pairs much better with green beans, snow peas and broccoli. Yotam is making me enjoy veggies that I never did before.

  • Royal potato salad

    • SheilaS on June 26, 2017

      I loved this. So simple, just potatoes tossed with pesto and soft boiled eggs but so delicious!

    • FJT on June 22, 2019

      I wanted to like this more than I did! It was fine, but it won’t be repeated. Maybe I just like my potato salads a little unhealthier!!!

    • Brieforme on January 10, 2015

      Best pesto ever

    • Lsblackburn1 on May 28, 2018

      This is one of my dinner party go-to’s. I double the amount of potatoes and keep the rest the same and it seems to work. I also skip the eggs. I know they’d make this even more delicious but I’m lazy and this is so easy to make ahead of time without them.

    • Anea25 on September 26, 2023

      A hit Added some tarragon

  • Okra with tomato, lemon and coriander

    • ComeUndone on September 01, 2010

      quick easy seasonal sidedish

    • serasyl on September 11, 2011

      The recipe doesn't specify...if you're using the tiny frozen okra, are you supposed to thaw it first, or just throw it in the oven still frozen? My bag actually says for best taste DO NOT thaw first, but then the only cooking instructions it gives I think are for boiling, so that's not quite the same.

  • Crusted pumpkin wedges with soured cream

    • ellabee on December 25, 2013

      Couldn't be simpler; festive looking and delicious.

    • Rutabaga on March 30, 2014

      I made this with squash wedges because we had some squash that needed to be used and I had all the other ingredients on hand. We really liked the topping, but I feel the squash ended up a little overcooked for my taste. Perhaps I would have liked it better with the pumpkin, as listed in the recipe.

    • Dannausc on December 16, 2018

      Quite good. My pumpkin loving cats liked it too!!

    • pattyatbryce on October 14, 2019

      Good and easy.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021


  • Sweet potato wedges with lemongrass and crème fraîche

    • ellabee on March 19, 2013

      p.26. Maybe it's because I used the option (mentioned in the recipe) of mashing the chopped lemongrass with salt in a mortar, but the result was a bit too salty for my taste, and I didn't even use full recommended amount; next time barest pinch. Still delicious, and will make again. The roasted sweet potatoes are excellent with or without the dip as a side to a Thai yellow curry. The amount of dip in the recipe would suffice for about twice the number of potato wedges. At 400F, the sweet potatoes took more like 40 minutes to brown; would go with 425F next time. Online link:

    • TrishaCP on April 19, 2017

      These were delicious. I peeled the potatoes in spite of the direction not to do so (personal preferences) and cut them as indicated. I needed about 5 additional minutes of cooking time to get them the color that I wanted. I agree that blitzing the lemongrass is the way to go. I didn't add salt to the dipping sauce, just to the potatoes, and I was happy with that choice. I did sprinkle on additional chile flakes because my fresh chile was quite mild.

    • L.Nightshade on May 22, 2011

      The dipping sauce can be made while roasting, but I made it early to let the flavors mix and mingle a bit. 3/4 cup creme fraiche is combined with 1/2 lemongrass stalk, very finely chopped, zest and juice of two limes, one inch of ginger, grated, and 1/2 tsp fine sea salt. I chopped the lemongrass VERY finely but it still felt gritty in the sauce. So I put the completed sauce into a tumbler and hit it with an immersion blender. Perfect. Tasty and oh so fragrant! When the potatoes are done (and cooled a bit) they are sprinkled with a diced red chile and 1 cup of cilantro. The dipping sauce is served on the side. This was an easy, tasty dish, nice for an appetizer or a side. It's quite colorful on the plate as well. The recipe for the dipping sauce makes quite a bit.

    • slouj on February 25, 2022

      Made this sauce to accompany some roasted squash that I had to hand and it was absolutely fabulous. Adore the balance of fragrance and tang across the sweet veg.

    • Yildiz100 on November 06, 2018

      I am undecided on this recipe. I felt the sauce was missing something, and the lemongrass was overwhelmed by the lime, yet I couldn't stop eating this, so I guess this will be repeated at least once. Based on the other reviews I made a half recipe of sauce and blended the lemongrass with the lime juice in the blender for a smooth texture. Amount of sauce was good and texture was smooth enough. I also cut the wedges in half length wise, making twice as many, and they still took longer than indicated to cook. Next time, I will add more lemongrass and I will include chili in the sauce. Chilis scattered over the potatoes mostly stayed on the plate and failed to add that spicy kick. Salted to taste, not according to recipe. Did find that adequate salt in the sauce was quite important.

    • Tyelperion on February 19, 2013

      I read the note below and grated the lemongrass and the ginger on a microplane grater which worked really well too. Delicious combination of the cool tangy dip and the caramelised sweet potato wedges - we didn't have any fresh chili in the house so left out the sprinkling at the end and didn't miss it.

    • ksg518 on January 10, 2020

      We loved this. We used lemongrass paste since we couldn't find fresh lemongrass so the blending was not an issue. We had to tinker with the proportions some for the sauce (a little more ginger and lemongrass) but in the end the sauce was great. We did peel the sweet potatoes but next time probably won't so they can be eaten like fries instead of with a fork. This sauce would be good on all sorts of roasted root vegetables.

    • Frenchfoodie on April 10, 2017

      Unexpectedly lovely. Dipping sauce roughly double the quantity needed for the potatoes but lovely over accompanying rocket and cucumber too. Blitzed the lemongrass in my powerful mini dry/wet grinder and it was lovely and smooth. Didn't use salt in hope baby would like, she didn't but we didn't miss it either.

    • agoicoe on March 01, 2018

      I made this and it was tasty. I am not absolutely crazy about sweet potatoes, but the dipping sauce is fantastic. I would make this again, but perhaps roast something more than sweet potatoes.

    • chezmaryb on December 07, 2020

      The sauce! So good. Needed a bit of extra lemongrass and definitely better made ahead so the flavors can mingle.

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      delicious, also suitable as a snack

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      The creme fraiche dressing was a bit heavy, I thought. Next time I might replace the creme fraiche with some thick yoghurt. A great Xmas dish too.

  • Leek fritters

    • ellabee on January 22, 2014

      p.36. Very good. Looking forward to trying the sauce with mint in addition to cilantro and parsley. I just used one large egg, separated, beating the yolk well before combining with the other batter ingredients (also, like others, didn't bother with the self-rising flour). To make these less of an undertaking, do more than half the work a day ahead: get the vegetables cooked and mixed with the spices, and mix up the sauce. Then the day of it's more or less like making pancakes. Update: Leftover sauce is outstanding as garnish for roasted red pepper-tomato soup; the soup brings out the cilantro and tones down the garlic.

    • aargle on June 10, 2020

      I have just made these for the second time and again they are equally delicious. I made them smaller, which for me works better. They are somewhat more time consuming to prepare than your average fritter but not at all complicated and in my mind worth the extra effort.

    • FJT on April 07, 2023

      Why did I wait so long to make these?! They are a lot of work, but absolutely delicious. Will make again when I will try to prep some of the recipe ahead of time.

    • Melanie on September 27, 2013

      Very tasty. I would have been happy to eat all of the fritters myself! I substituted mint as I didn't have any fresh parsley at hand. Instead of blending the dipping sauce I chopped the ingredients finely. Use 1tsp baking powder.

    • michalow on June 23, 2013

      Fantastic. I dramatically reduced the fat (about 3 Tbs. olive oil + 2.5 Tbs butter, plus the oil to fry), added an extra egg white, and was happy with the results. I made them smaller than recommended, and they cooked through nicely, fluffy in the middle, crispy on the outside. I subbed mint for the cilantro in the sauce and served with curried chickpeas. Lovely.

    • michalow on April 30, 2012

      calls for self-rising flour

    • michalow on August 13, 2023

      Because it is August and zucchinis abound, I added some grated to zucchini to my most recent batch of these fritters. It mingled well with the other flavors and gave the fritters a slightly more substantial feel.

    • Delys77 on November 07, 2012

      Pg. 36 The sauce that he recommends as an accompaniment is absolutely delicious and would go very well with any number cut veggies. The fritters are also very tasty, with the distinct flavour of leek and shallot, the extra crispy bits made me think of onion rings. Also, the seasoning is just right, with several interesting spices. My only challenge was they they were a little doughy in the middle. This might be the result of having them sit in the warming drawer, being slightly underdone, or just too big. I think next time I will make them a bit thinner, leave them to cook a little longer, and keep warm on a rack in the oven so that they hopefully stay crispier.

    • annapanna on March 01, 2013

      I didn't use self-rising flour as I didn't have any, and there is already a tablespoon of baking powder in the recipe. I don't think that made any difference. It takes quite some time to prepare these and I am not sure they looked like all the work that went into them. They were pretty good though, especially the sauce, which is actually quick to make. One could also make them much smaller to share with a larger group of people.

    • helenevans on February 09, 2014

      Love this recipe. Have taken it as a vegetarian main meal to dinner parties and it really impressed. The flavours are great and the sauce really makes it

    • adelina on April 23, 2020

      This was a great treat with the refreshing yogurt sauce. I think I will double the batter next time.

    • ElianeW on January 19, 2018

      I love these. Could eat all on my own easily. Which would be really bad obviously. So delicious.

    • StoicLoofah on January 21, 2018

      Delicious. I got 3 leeks weighing ~1.3 lbs untrimmed and ended up with 9 oz trimmed, so I had to substitute an onion to make up the difference. Make sure you have enough. You can halve the sauce and still have plenty. I also used an immersion blender to make that, which seemed to work fine. Make sure that the oil is hot before you put your first fritters in

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      Loved the combination of spices. I was really pleasantly surprised by these

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Fabulous fritters. I made them egg-free, of course, using a mix of chickpea flour, cream and eno. The yoghurt sauce is an inspired accompaniment.

  • Mushroom lasagne

    • caitmcg on February 02, 2019

      This is a decadent and delicious lasagne, perfect for serving to guests. Adding the porcini soaking liquid to the béchamel is ingenious and adds so much flavor. I added a bit of sautéed minced garlic to the mushroom mixture, and some wilted spinach with the ricotta layers. Like many lasagnes, it was even better reheated the next day.

    • FJT on September 13, 2015

      Delicious! I paired this with Ottolenghi's tomato and pomegranate salad from Plenty More and that cut nicely through the richness. Not quick but I prepped this the day before my dinner party and just had to make the salad on the day.

    • dvajefink on August 27, 2011

      Love this recipe. If you love mushrooms this will be a favorite in your house!Definitely a special occasion meal, very high in fat.

    • meggan on October 15, 2021

      Mega-rich. Everyone loved it but my 7 yo. Oh well, you can't win them all.

    • Brieforme on January 23, 2015

      Amazing but very rich and definitely not a quick meal. Also rather expensive with all that cheese and mushrooms. A special occasion dish.

    • Bwolfe2 on January 28, 2017

      This is quite delicious but almost three hours from prep to table. We thought it to be the sort of entree that could be served at a party to meat eaters without any complaints. Other reviews state that doing the prep the day before is helpful to reduce the time. I didn't make the fourth layer of noodles rather spread the sauces and mushrooms more liberally between three layers. This is worthy of making again.

    • StephEpices on October 27, 2019

      So decadent! Great for a crowd. Takes double the time to cook in the oven.

  • Mixed vegetable paella

    • caitmcg on October 31, 2015

      This is a pretty great dish that has been a crowd pleaser. I've made a few ingredient switches due to availability or preference: Frozen artichoke hearts in place of jarred, roasted piquillo peppers in place of red peppers, frozen edamame in place of broad beans. I've made it with Italian rices (arborio or carnaroli) in place of Spanish, and that's worked fine.

    • FJT on August 30, 2019

      Very nice, although next time I must remember to get the sweet smoked paprika out of the cupboard , not the hot one - with the cayenne that was really too much heat for paella! I used sosayi's suggestion of cooking it in the oven; 180 C for 20 minutes was perfect.

    • Melanie on September 27, 2013

      Very tasty, make this one again.

    • Delys77 on January 27, 2012

      The overall flavour of this dish is very nice with a bit of heat and a nice smokiness, and the addition of the sherry gives it a slight sweetness that works very well. It is very healthful and works very well as a vegetarian main. There are a few tweaks required however. Firstly the rice took closer to 30 minutes, which might have been due to the early addition of salt, either way maybe salt the dish at the end and give it a bit more time. Also the olives didn't really work, so maybe rinse them first to remove some salt or perhaps leave them out.

    • bloodking on September 07, 2013

      I love to serve this for dinner parties. I like to "oven-dry" the tomatoes according to the recipe on p.222 for this recipe too.

    • annapanna on February 17, 2013

      We really liked this. I didn't have paella rice so I put Carnaroli instead, which is the one I usually use for risotto. I thought 20 min was enough, it probably really depends on what type of rice you use. Also, as broad beans are out of season I used dry ones I had bought in Italy. They are very practical because the shell is already removed before drying them, they are called "Fave spezzate". I soaked them overnight and cooked them for 15 min before adding them to the paella. Finally, I couldn't find smoked paprika at our shop, so I put a little dried chipotle,. I'll try to get hold of some real Spanish paprika for next time, as I think we will make this again.

    • clkandel on August 24, 2020

      I'm very surprised at the high rating and positive comments. I didn't think this recipe worked for multiple reasons. The rice is not cooked in the time specified, nor were the tomatoes warm (even though they started at room temperature) after the 10 minutes. Overall, it lacks depth of flavor and it didn't develop the nice crust that paellas have.

    • imaluckyducky on January 10, 2020

      Excellent flavor and one of my go-to dishes for helping people come over to the dark side of vegetables. I tend to add more artichokes and olives. Will make again.

    • VineTomato on June 10, 2017

      Amazing dinner party dish if you have vegan or vegetarian guests. Have made this several times and it is always very well received. Make sure to shell the broad beans, that makes a big difference.

    • julesamomof2 on September 19, 2020

      I made this for my vegan friend and we loved it. Little heavy on the cayenne so I would cut back on that next time but other than that, I would call this just about perfect.

    • ruth115 on March 07, 2020

      Delicious. mine needed a little longer cooking and slightly more liquid.

    • adelina on August 30, 2015

      I really liked it but the kids were not really into it. My husband wished there was meat in the paella. So I'm not sure if I'll stick with vegetarian for the next time.

    • JLDuck on October 05, 2017

      Fabulous recipe. I cooked the rice a little longer and it worked.

    • stephengk on May 28, 2017

      Perfect on its own but also makes excellent starch/veg side for meats/fish.

    • lajaxon on May 10, 2016

      This recipe has been a success multiple times for dinner guests who aren't vegetarian...very flavorful and easy to make!

    • sosayi on October 06, 2017

      Can't believe I haven't reviewed this! It's my go-to Paella recipe. Balance of spices and flavors is just perfect. I do routinely make adjustments, though. I use a jar of canned whole tomatoes (not fresh) and frozen edamame (not broad beans). I also regularly add chicken (sauteed and mixed in) and/or shrimp (nestled on top), as well as lemon wedges wedges (also nestled on top, they get molten and fabulous by the end). And, the biggest change, as I feel the rest are minor, is that rather than cooking it stove-top for the whole time, I finish it in a 350-400 degree oven once the liquid is added. Cooks in the same amount of time, but it seems to cook more evenly this way.

    • anya_sf on April 12, 2017

      This was disappointing. I used calasparra rice, which called for 4 parts water to 1 part rice on the package. First I tried the method in this recipe (2 parts water), but had to add a lot more before the rice was tender and it took an extra 15-20 minutes to cook. Pouring boiling water over the fava beans did not work either - had to actually boil them. Flavor was OK in the end, but we ended up adding some chorizo on top.

    • luluf on October 17, 2017

      I read Sosayi's note and decided to try this. We were staying at a beach house that had a double sized old electric frypan which turned out to be the perfect way to cook this. It was delicious and my vegetarian adult kids loved it. I used frozen edamame beans and jarred artichoke hearts and put the lemons in with the other ingredients at the end with the frying pan lid on.

    • NoaBC on May 22, 2020

      Very good but could do with less oil and less cayenne

    • MilduraSO on May 16, 2020

      This is the dish I come back to the most often in this book. It has featured regularly in our menu plan for several years. I used to think there was no such thing as vegetarian paella but this converted me. Bonus points for introducing me to fennel which was a revelation (though I did have to go to youtube to figure out how to prepare it!).

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      The long ingredient list was intimidating and there's a lot of prep involved (slicing, dicing, etc.) but it's well worth it. Super tasty. I've made this multiple times and each time I need to cook the rice longer than directed.

    • Evginneken on September 17, 2021

      Recipe directions worked for me in terms of cooking times and rice consistency (but no crust, as noted in other reviews). Paella rice worked much better than risotto rice. I substituted cayenne pepper for spicy smoked paprika powder.

    • tsp on September 24, 2023

      It was a nice dish but next time I’d cook the tomatoes in advance because they were not cooked at all and I’d put it all in the oven as suggested in the comments. I’ve used the Spanish paella rice and frozen beans that I boiled until cooked. I liked it more in the evening, reheated and a bit crunchy.

  • Very full tart

    • caitmcg on October 31, 2015

      A fantastic tart, but needs to be baked in a deeper-than-standard tart pan, or perhaps a springform, or all the ingredients will not fit. I used evaporated milk in place of cream in the custard, and that worked fine.

    • mziech on August 31, 2012

      really nice vegetable tart, takes mote than 1.5 hours to make (baking the vegetables, blind baking the pastry, and finally baking the tart) but worth the effort. Sweet potato is very subtle, not too sweet. Recommended.

    • michalow on January 01, 2013

      Plan ahead -- as noted by mziech, veggies must be roasted, onions caramelized, and crust made and blind baked. Several of these steps can be done a day ahead. I used half and half instead of cream; there's plenty of fat in this recipe already. Nice in a whole wheat (or part whole wheat crust). With all the effort, I thought this would be a one-time affair, but this is beautiful and delicious, and I'll do it again. Makes about six servings.

    • clkandel on October 09, 2016

      I made this using puff pastry and baked it in an oblong dish. I also substituted butternut squash for the sweet potato. And since I didn't have ricotta on hand, I just used the feta. It came out delicious!

    • thennek on August 22, 2013

      Time consuming but worth the effort as the result is delicious. The aubergine does not need this length of cooking and I would recommend peeling the skin after cooking.

    • Alro9 on March 28, 2014

      The roast vegetable to filling ratio is high. I made two tarts in the end. This was delicious though, despite the 3 stage prep.

    • joneshayley on July 26, 2020

      As others have noted this is a long process, but not arduous, and well worth the end result. I added a drizzle of balsamic glaze which finished it perfectly.

    • Rutabaga on September 06, 2014

      Wow! So delicious! And rich, considering the use of heavy cream, cheese, and the all-butter pastry crust I made. But because it is loaded with roasted vegetables, it still counts as healthful, right? I left out the sweet potato and filled the tart to the brim with the other vegetables. Perhaps the pie plate I used was a little small for the filling, which took at least 45 minutes to cook completely. The tart was so full prior to baking that the cream overflowed and ran down the underside of the crust, but if anything this probably contributed toward the tastiness of the finished dish. While roasting the veg and baking the crust take some time, they involve little effort and are easily done in advance.

    • Rutabaga on October 07, 2019

      I made this again in a 9-inch springform pan, which definitely worked better than a traditional pie dish. No overflow!

    • JLDuck on December 02, 2017

      I increased the feta as I did not have ricotta. Worked a treat. A very delicious tart and as noted by others worth the time it takes to make.

    • Frenchfoodie on November 02, 2020

      Deliciousness in a pastry shell, takes a bit of advance planning but it is not complex and really looks stunning on the table. Great for those still warm autumn days.

    • niconice on September 25, 2020

      Very nice - worth the time. I drizzled some parmesan over the tart before baking, which gave a nice salty and crispy top.

    • shane.metzke on September 26, 2022

      Used cauliflower instead of aubergine. Added some garlic and red wine vinegar to the onions and used dried oregano in the custard as didn’t have any thyme. One capsicum was enough. Only need 100ml of cream too. Very happy with the results!

  • Tomato party

    • caitmcg on October 31, 2015

      I had great tomatoes, but I thought this was a bit dry, and could have benefited from more of a dressing.

    • anniemac on September 27, 2015

      I initially made it because of the name, but have made it several times since because it's good and adaptable. I have added diced and sauteed zucchini, and diced cheese, and it's always good.

    • Rutabaga on March 30, 2014

      OK, I partly like this recipe because it's called "tomato party". But really, what's not to like? Make it only when you can get a good variety of fresh, local, peak season tomatoes, and it really will be a party!

    • a2cook on September 12, 2016

      The first time I made this, it was so good, I woke up craving it the next day. So, I made it again, and then again the next day. Yes, I made this 3 days in a row. It's that good! Very simple to make, healthy, and adaptable (I didn't have enough tomatoes on day 3, so I added roasted red onions using the same brown sugar + salt and pepper + balsamic + olive oil treatment as the tomatoes). A+ recipe!

    • Gwynnifer on October 05, 2016

      Fantastic. Bump up balsamic. Add sun-dried tomatoes. Try adding parsley. More filling than you imagine.

  • Kisir

    • smtucker on January 02, 2014

      Loved this! Used tomato paste to sub for the purée. 400 grams of bulghar serves at least 8, not the four listed on the recipe page. Served in Boston lettuce cups. NYEve 2013.

    • michalow on December 31, 2012

      The sweet of the onions, the heat of the chiles, and the tang of the pomegranate make it really, really hard to stop eating this. Love it atop some crisp salad greens.

    • annapanna on April 07, 2013

      Lovely. I put one clove of garlic instead of two, and as usual I needed twice the water for the bulgur to become tender. I couldn't find pomegranate molasses anywhere I'll have to try online. I wonder whether the taste changes much when they are added? Anyway, it's still really good even without it.

    • IndyGirl on October 12, 2018

      Made Oct 2018. Tasty—would make again. Personally, I would cut back onions to 2/3 amount. I didn’t have pomegranate molasses, so used 1 teaspoon of tamarind and 1/2 teaspoon of agave. Other recipes use a Turkish pepper paste instead of tomato paste. It would be interesting to use the Turkish pepper paste if I can find it. I didn’t have pomegranate, but am sure it would be even tastier with pomegranate.

  • Watercress, pistachio and orange blossom salad

    • amraub on January 14, 2012

      Light and refreshing.

    • chezmaryb on March 04, 2021

      Wasn't my favorite. I love orange blossom but it was missing balance

    • StephEpices on November 25, 2019

      A very nice salad that balances out any heavy dish. I didn't have orange blossom so used rose and it worked out perfectly.

  • Jerusalem artichokes with manouri and basil oil

    • amraub on January 29, 2012

      Makes a lot of oil. Substituted goat cheese for manouri.

    • meggan on November 21, 2012

      This has been a hit in the past. Everyone loves fried cheese! I used haloumi.

    • oddkitchen on January 19, 2013

      Good, but not great. The 5 elements of the salad take multiple steps each to make; you will need about 2 hrs. from start to finish, and you'll produce a lot of dirty dishes along the way. I might make this again in a truncated form (roast tomatoes in oven alongside artichokes; simple vinaigrette; no endive; chop the sliced cheese into chunks before frying).

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      fall side dish, or meal salad

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Pottering in the kitchen, I had a little more time so brought together this recipe. Simple to make, it takes just a little time as you roast the artichokes, make the charred tomatoes, blend up the basil oil and grill the halloumi. It appears a random combination of ingredients, but it is not so. A perfect combo of bitter, sour, sweet, crispy, crunchy, soft and creamy. Sometimes bitter greens are not available, so I substitute nasturtium leaves which are always plentiful here. And some rocket leaves. Fantastic. I use Greek haloumi and grate a little lemon rind over final dish. Pesto can be used for the basil oil, but it is sharper and tangier.

  • Cucumber salad with smashed garlic and ginger

    • KarenS on September 18, 2011

      We quite enjoyed this salad. The garlic and ginger flavors were very pronounced, not at all subtle, though the vinegar effect was mild, so I would consider it a salad rather than a pickle. I used a mature Asian cucumber, so I scooped out the seeds after halving it, which meant there wasn't very much accumulated liquid. I'll definitely make this again next summer.

    • Astrid5555 on May 20, 2021

      Very good, the garlic and ginger flavor is just right. Loved the quick-pickled red onions to go with it.

    • Delys77 on March 05, 2012

      I think the flavor of the Garlic and ginger overpowers the salad a bit and there is too much onion for my taste. I don't think I wil repeat as written, but might try again and ease the throttle on the garlic, ginger and onions because the dressing is nice and the technique is fun.

    • Yildiz100 on May 24, 2014

      After making this several times, I've found that my favorite variation is to make the dressing exxactly as written, but exclude all but the cucumber from the salad ingredients.

    • lajaxon on May 10, 2016

      Garlic flavor was very strong. Next time I will use less garlic or drain the salad before serving to cut the sharpness of the raw garlic. Otherwise, a nice, fresh tasting salad with ingredients typically in the kitchen.

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    • cgirl6 on July 03, 2022

      I omitted the sugar and onions and thought it was still very good. It is a keeper.

  • Tomato, semolina and coriander soup

    • okcook on January 07, 2013

      I didn't use all the semolina called for because I thought it would be way too thick, so I used 1/2 of the amount called for and it was just about right. I wouldn't make again, not very flavourful.

    • Rutabaga on May 20, 2014

      Of all the recipes I've tried so far in Plenty, this is the only one I wouldn't make again. As the other commenter noted, it is quite bland. Admittedly, I added more semolina than called for, as I decided to just finish up what I had on hand, so I'm sure it turned out thicker than intended. But even had the consistency been thinner, I don't think that would have fixed the issue, and I didn't find the texture of the semolina very appealing when cooked this way.

    • stephengk on May 28, 2017

      Warming and filling. I did use some good bouillon powder and extra seasoning. Think neeed this boost.

  • Courgette and cobnut salad

    • lorloff on March 19, 2021

      This was delicious. We used fresh green basil because we did not have purple. The combination of hazelnuts and Hazelnut oil was superb. I decided to use the best balsamic we had the silver seal GIOVANNI CAVALLI SILVER SEAL ACETO BALSAMICO TRADIZIONALE DI REGGIO EMILIA. It was fantastic in this recipe. Used the indoor grill that is part of our stove top and nice peppery olive oil. This is a keeper.

    • L.Nightshade on May 22, 2011

      Zucchini and Hazelnut in the US edition. Sliced zucchini is oiled and charred in a hot grill pan, then tossed with balsamic vinegar and cooled a bit. Then basil leaves, toasted hazelnuts and parmesan cheese are added. I chose not to add the additional olive oil at the end, and I completely forgot to add the hazelnut oil. Hazelnut oil would have added an extra layer of flavor, and I will add it next time, but the dish didn't suffer much by it's absence. We loved this. The tastes come out at room temperature, so it's easy to put together in advance of serving.

    • Melanie on October 04, 2014

      Easy and delicious (great summer flavours). I substituted hazelnuts for the cobnuts and simply used a fry pan for the zucchini.

    • Juli on February 25, 2017

      Delicious! So simple, yet super-complimentary flavours. I used hazelnuts, and didn't have any hazelnut oil, it was still fresh and delicious. A wonderful recipe to use lots of those courgettes out of the summer garden this year.

    • Rutabaga on April 02, 2014

      This is a great, easy salad, just the right balance of flavors and textures, perfect for summer. I just use a standard frying pan as I have no grill pan. It may not look as pretty, but it does the trick.

    • anya_sf on July 19, 2018

      I only had green basil and substituted walnut oil for hazelnut oil. This salad was quick and easy to make, and the flavors were fantastic. Will make again.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      reasonable salad, but not very special. can be grilled day before. Fresh, with pasta

  • Saffron cauliflower

    • lorloff on September 06, 2020

      This was nicely flavored and easy to do but not as flavorful as many of Ottolenghi’s other recipes. Serving it with a tahini sauce improved the flavor a lot.

    • trufflemutt on December 31, 2011

      Tried this recipe for Christmas dinner. It was a bland and uninspiring use of cauliflower.

    • monicahorridge on January 16, 2014

      I used about half the amount of saffron, and added some za'atar. It was lovely! Made plenty and I had it in wraps all week. The onions in particular were delicious.

    • thennek on July 05, 2013

      Disappointing. Oven temperature too high? Sultanas burnt. Suggest lower temp for shorter time add sultanas half way.

    • rainfields on January 08, 2014

      Tasted a lot better after a day. Mellowed out the saffron soapy taste, red onion cuts out the sweetness of sultanas. Delicious, good alternate to roasted cauliflower

    • stephengk on May 28, 2017

      Maybe the way I prepared it but was bitter tasting

    • Darja on September 26, 2023

      it was meh... the cauliflower tasted like it was boiled, not roasted. I feel like saffron is wasted in this recipe.

  • Black pepper tofu

    • lorloff on May 22, 2022

      This was great. Made this with Maruso Taiwanese black bean soy sauce which worked great. Since their is a dairy allergy in the house I liked the idea of using flavorful peanut oil instead of butter and it was great. My only suggestion is that next time I will grind the pepper more thoroughly rather than just crushing it. We like spicy but also reduced the amounts of chiles. I agree this is highly recommended and the approach to to tofu would work great with other sauces as well.

    • TrishaCP on June 27, 2013

      This was pretty great. I halved the recipe, and used 2 Fresno peppers, de-seeded as the chiles, and the recipe could have used a tad bit more heat. I finely ground my pepper and that worked for us. I also skipped the butter for much less peanut oil for the aromatics, with just about a teaspoon at the end for some flavor. Since I've been obsessed with Malaysian food and therefore cooking a lot of it, I actually had all of the soy sauces on hand and they did contribute a wonderful depth of flavor to the sauce. (Sounds like from others that the dish works without them though.) Finally, maybe the best part of the dish was the wonderful pieces of garlic, which basically caramelize and get really sweet and tasty.

    • aargle on June 10, 2020

      This was really good despite the chilies I used being too hot. I also halved the butter but I do think using the full amount would produce a superior result however I just can’t bring myself to do that. I added some steamed bok choy towards the end which worked really well.

    • meggan on April 04, 2012

      This recipe is unbelievably good. It is pretty peppery but you can always reduce the amount. The cornstarch fried tofu has a lot of other applications too.

    • Bloominanglophile on July 09, 2016

      My daughter and I loved this dish, but my husband didn't dig the amount of pepper in the recipe--might take it down to 3 Tbsp. next time I make it.

    • chawkins on April 02, 2013

      Excellent with significantly reduced amount of butter. I halved the recipe, and used the specified amount for everything with the exception of the butter and the fresh red chiles. Instead of the suggested 5 1/2 tablespoon of butter, I only used 1 tbs and in place of the 4 mild fresh red chiles, I used two very hot dried ones, would have been better if I only used one. Surprisingly, deep frying the corn starch dusted tofu cubes did not produce a lot of splatter

    • MaryCunningham86 on April 26, 2014

      My favourite tofu recipe, and one I cook again and again. I love how spicy it is, and leaving the peppercorns slightly coarse gives the sauce a nice texture. Like other notes, I use nowhere near the amount of butter specified in the recipe, and add a little peanut oil. I also lightly steam vegetables (broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, snow peas, cabbage - whatever I have really) and add that at the end along with the tofu.

    • oddkitchen on January 18, 2013

      I made this with about 5 Tbsp olive oil instead of the called-for 11 Tbsp butter and thought it was fine. If you don't have light or sweet soy, don't sub with regular "dark" -- the saltiness will be unpalatable.

    • VineTomato on June 10, 2017

      Brilliant recipe. If you are not convinced by tofu, try this.

    • Zosia on April 16, 2016

      Even made with half the chiles and pepper, this is a fiery hot dish and I felt that the lovely caramel flavours of the sauce were overwhelmed by the level of heat. Like some others, I replaced all of the butter with just a few tbsp of oil.

    • Barb_N on August 21, 2014

      The technique for tossing the tofu in cornstarch (cornflour) before sautéing changed my life- it is the only way I do it now. That said I much prefer other sauces to this pepper which is admittedly not my thing.

    • Alfazed on August 09, 2015

      Extremely good! Recipe calls for a stupefying amount of butter; sadly it was not as good with less. Something about the fat coating the tongue makes the pepper really work, so I am working on other replacements for butter. I like to add eggplant (cooked like the tofu in a little corn starch), and red bell peppers for color.

    • meginyeg on February 01, 2020

      Loved the tofu and the flavours. It was a bit too peppery for us so I will decrease the amount next time. Definitely will make again.

    • emusro on January 03, 2023

      Reduced the pepper significantly to around ~2 tbsp, and it was plenty peppery. Used a jalapeno instead of a red chile as that's what I had. Very tasty! I'm curious to try reducing the amount of butter next time.

    • sonyarr on November 25, 2022

      Very good! The full amount of pepper was too spicy, reduced by half and also used way less butter. Still excellent.

    • sarahkalsbeek on July 14, 2018

      Made this with about 8 T butter instead of full amount, and fewer chiles and pepper and it was still amazing!

    • MarciK on July 22, 2020

      I couldn’t find an acceptable sweet soy sauce, so I reduced light soy sauce, brown sugar, and an anise pod. I also ran out of corn starch so half the tofu was coated in flour instead. It seemed those in the flour didn’t brown as well, but in the end I couldn’t tell the difference. The grocery store has spicier peppers, so I used just 1 (for a half batch). The final product was better than any Chinese dish I’ve had in any Chinese restaurant, although a little more work than driving to the restaurant and ordering. I’d make this dish if I want a casual dinner with friends and wanted to impress. Non-tofu lovers could be converted.

    • Lnbrittain on January 09, 2022

      Divine. And I reduced the pepper and chiles to match my husband and my taste. I was surprised at how mild the black pepper was in the dish, but I used a small fraction, coarsely crushed. Used the regular low sodium soy sauce that I have and reduced the butter by half, replacing some with olive oil.

    • chezmaryb on February 13, 2021

      Completely forgot the butter and that was fine. I used one Fresno chili because I'm a wimp and it was still spicy with all the pepper

    • StephEpices on August 10, 2019

      I didn't have tofu so used paneer and it I liked it a lot. I would reduce the pepper a touch next time for my family.

    • Apepin on April 19, 2022

      This is the best way I've ever cooked tofu. Next time I will add some kind of green veg, green beans maybe, too coat with the sauce. We loved the intense black pepper flavor. I didn't use all the butter and didn't miss it. I also used fewer chilis and it was plenty spicy. I didn't even try to feed this to the kids.

    • annettle on January 13, 2021

      This recipe deserves its fame - it's wonderful. I've made it several times now, and regularly get requests for another round. I reduce the butter and black pepper by 1/3rd and it's still rich and spicy. I've also made it with cubes of chicken (cooked exactly the same way as the tofu) for non-vegetarian family members and they report that is excellent too.

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      use less chili peppers, was a bit too hot

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Nice. Uses a lot of oil. But I prefer simply deep fried tofu sprinkled with salt. There is a point half way through this recipe that would be good without the rest.

    • rhb on January 22, 2023

      Fantastic dish! I fried the tofu in batches in a 3-quart pot and made the rest in a large skillet at the same time. I used less oil this way and it was quicker. 3 T peppercorns were enough for us.

  • Coconut rice with sambal and okra

    • lorloff on August 16, 2014

      Absolutely fantastic. Be careful with the fresh peppers. Taste so that the dish does not get too spicy. My husband and I love spice and nothing was too hot for us on Bangkok. We tasted the fresh red peppers and only used 3. The dried peppers we used were medium hot dried pasilla peppers. They rate 3-4 on Mark Millers chili poster chart. I also had fresh poblano peppers from the farmers market that I cut into about the same size as the okra and added to the end of the sauce cooking process so that they were just cooked when I added the okra at the end. I also added about 3-4 tablespoons of the tamarind soaked pulp sand used fresh tamarind that I found at the market. I took fresh tamarind, peeled 4.5 oz. took out the hard stings soaked the pulp and seeds in water for an hour. Put the water pulp and seeds In a food mill. I then removed the hard seeds by hand and ended up with a thick tamarind pulp. I found the technique for the tamarind in Fine Cooking and it's available online.

    • lorloff on August 16, 2014

      I also cooked the coconut rice in the rice cooker

    • mziech on March 31, 2012

      Delicious, ate this as a light supper (is actually a breakfast dish). Added some tomatoes to the sambal. Takes less than 30 minutes to make.

    • lilham on May 16, 2012

      I have made this plenty of times with courgette, as okra is a little hard to come by where I live. I would imagine you can use green beans too. I cook the coconut rice in a rice cooker, making this a very simple weeknight supper. Served it with simply grilled chicken or fish, drizzle with plenty of sambal from this recipe.

    • Yildiz100 on January 21, 2019

      Made the sambal, subbing in green beans for the okra, which is very hard to get in my part of the world. I approximated the coconut rice by adding a bit of coconut milk to leftover rice I already had on hand. For the shallots, I used the recipe from Vegetarian Viet Nam since the book does not provide a recipe. This dish is so extremely delicious that I am disappointed I didn't make a double batch to have some extra sambal on hand. The larger amount would have been easier to blend too. Will repeat as soon as I can!

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2021

      Magnificent! I like this variation on typical okra recipes. The okra is simmered for a few moments only and then served mixed with the chilli-onion sambal on coconut rice. Use the freshest and best quality okra, because it is cooked so briefly. Don’t omit the crispy fried shallots (available from Indian and Asian grocers) or the coriander. They add some texture and flavour to the dish that is essential to the overall impact.

  • Sweet winter slaw

    • mcvl on February 20, 2022

      Having not one of the slaw ingredients called for, I made a completely different salad and used this recipe solely for the dressing, which is divine.

    • Astrid5555 on December 26, 2017

      Took this to my mum‘s for boxing day lunch. Despite leaving out the macadamia nuts due to allergies and substituting oranges for the other fruit, since this is what I had on hand, this was one of the best slaws I have had in a long time. Highly recommended!

    • hillsboroks on February 12, 2016

      Fun blend of flavors that really put pizazz into coleslaw. Easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner but pretty and unusual enough to serve at a company dinner. I couldn't find macadamia nuts so subbed in pecans and they worked really well. I also subbed kiwi fruit for the papaya and their flavor melded well with everything else. Just as odd kitchen mentioned this makes a big bowl of slaw but I am looking forward to the leftover slaw in my lunch tomorrow.

    • oddkitchen on December 30, 2012

      Terrific blend of flavors; slightly finicky preparation. The caramelized macadamia nuts make the dish. Be warned that the recipe as written produced an enormous quantity of food, serving 8 people two side-dish-sized servings.

    • clkandel on March 15, 2022

      Great flavors. Love the dressing. Didn't have a papaya so used a kiwi as someone else suggested and it was great.

    • imaluckyducky on January 10, 2020

      This is excellent, as others have stated. Used peanuts instead of macadamia nuts and was a good subs. This makes A LOT of food, and this slaw absolutely does not keep well more than 24 hours.

    • lizabetina on January 01, 2018

      Lots of chopping and prep but worth it. You can play around with the ingredients and it still works - I don’t put quite as much mango and papaya in as the recipe asks for. The caramelised macadamia nuts are amazing, and very tempting just on their own too!

  • Caramelized garlic tart

    • RosieB on May 14, 2015

      I have made this tart three times now. It is so delicious. There are a lot of garlic cloves to peel but I used the method of cutting both ends off and then shaking them in a bottle. They were done in no time. I used the purple garlic which caramelised beautifully but did not give me much syrup. I made it recently for a lunch served with an Ottolenghi salad of french beans, mange tout and hazelnuts. My guests went back for seconds! They all loved it.

    • Emily Hope on November 18, 2010

      This was absolutely delicious. As I recall, I found the instructions for caramelizing the garlic a bit confusing--I ended up cooking it for longer than the recipe says to get the rawness out, and didn't really end up with any sauce as they say there will be. Nevertheless, a pretty spectacular veg entree and worth the effort (and calories). Served for a dinner party with starter of Deb Madison's sungold soup, side of long-roasted tomatoes and peppers (a good match), an arugula/fennel/walnut salad, and David Lebovitz's ginger cake.

    • mfto on August 08, 2011

      p 38 US - the online recipe at the Guardian is slightly different from the one in US edition - Martha Stewart has the recipe at along with a video of Chef Ottolenghi making the tart.

    • debkellie on March 17, 2015

      I used some great new season garlic which had giant cloves (size of a shallot). It caramelised beautifully and was just the right texture, but the puff pastry case seems a little redundant, adding nothing other than flakiness (and extra fat). Next time I'll substitute a sour cream shortcrust, yes there will be a next time.

    • oddkitchen on January 07, 2013

      I couldn't agree more with Emily Hope's note: a spectacular veg entree that's worth the effort and calories. Our tastebuds lobbied hard to convince us to eat the whole thing in one sitting (thankfully, we resisted -- and enjoyed leftovers for the next day's lunch).

    • Rutabaga on November 09, 2014

      Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I found this tart in need of some tweaks to reach its full potential. The garlic cloves I had were very large, and even cut in half they didn't all caramelize fully. To get them like in the book photo, sautee them until nicely browned before adding water for the second time. The tart was also incredibly rich, and while my three-year-old loved it, I found it a little much. Maybe half-and-half, or even whole milk, could be substituted for the heavy cream? As noted in the directions, I tore both cheeses into chunks, but it would be better to grate the hard cheese, as the chunks did not melt into the filling. Due to time constraints, I had to cut into the tart while it was still fairly hot, which meant the filling was practically liquid. I also used just one large duck egg, and baked it in a nine inch pie plate rather than a tart pan, which may have affected the set. I used pie pastry instead of puff pastry, which was a reasonable substitute.

    • MmeFleiss on January 14, 2015

      Spectacular, but very rich. You really can only eat a little at a time. The random mouthfuls of caramelized garlic was always a pleasant surprise.

    • coryelizabeth on June 06, 2017

      Hate to be the contrarian here, but I thought this was just okay. The tart is quite rich -- almost too rich -- and the garlic fades into the background. This recipe is also quite time-consuming: it took a ton of work to peel the garlic alone. A nice dish, but not for when you're very hungry (it's too rich to eat much in one sitting) or want a simple dinner.

    • e_ballad on July 18, 2018

      I’d agree that this is a very nice tart, but wow, what a lot of faffing about to get there. I had similar issues with caramelisation as mentioned by other reviewers. Whilst we enjoyed it, it’s doubtful that this will get a repeat outing at our place.

    • raybun on June 18, 2017

      A great tart for summer and picnics. Paired with a salad it's a substantial meal. Easy to make ahead too.

    • KaraCooks on February 14, 2020

      This tart is divine!!! I didn't change a thing and just pure deliciousness.

    • finebec on May 02, 2017

      Made the recipe from the Guardian original version with Caramelized squash and got kudos. The grown-up kids named it the best dish they ever had. Definitely big bang for the buck. Agree with earlier comments that the richness makes it go a long way in terms of the number of portions.

    • pattyatbryce on January 14, 2019

      Amazing dish. Definitely one to make annually.

    • TechSkirt on December 26, 2018

      Took this to a Christmas gathering and it was a huge hit. Well worth the effort - I think I've made this 6 or 7 times and each time it has been great. Caramelizing the garlic takes a bit longer than in the directions and I've learned through several rounds of it to cut the garlic into smaller 'slices' for it to work well. As others have mentioned it's too rich and time consuming for an everyday meal but for a special occasion this is perfect.

    • Shelmar on September 05, 2019

      Takes a long time (peeling garlic), but tastes really good. Good enough that we remade it (with an extra head of garlic) the next week.

    • MilduraSO on May 16, 2020

      This is really rich but works well with a salad on the side. I absolutely love the caramelised garlic and have since used them for other recipes. To peel the garlic quickly I throw the cloves in a large lidded metal bowl and shake like a crazy woman for about 20-30 seconds.

    • myriaderf on August 23, 2020

      I do believe this recipe is worth the effort (but maybe only occasionally...)! It is much easier if you can get your hands on pre-peeled garlic, saves a lot of time.

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      very special flavour, like a quiche with salad

  • Aubergine with buttermilk sauce

    • mziech on November 10, 2011

      made this a few times for guests. easy recipe, can be prepared in advance, and guests are always impressed, recommended

    • Astrid5555 on May 05, 2016

      Lovely recipe for company, great presentation, got rave reviews!!

    • Rutabaga on March 30, 2014

      What a beautiful presentation, and it tastes good, too. Do use large eggplants; I chose smaller ones, as that's normally what I prefer, but after roasting them this way there just wasn't enough flesh left, so in this case bigger is better.

    • mzgourmand on April 28, 2018

      I feel out of step as well: I found this recipe somewhat bland too. Worse, I've made it twice and had it also at a friend's and the eggplant itself the recipe's method using never resembles the picture. I make a lot of eggplant-based recipes and am able to achieve a lovely, melting eggplant texture, just not with this recipe, even when substantially extending cooking times. My spouse, however, did enjoy the dish.

    • LayDi1 on May 03, 2016

      I only use Greek yoghurt instead of the buttermilk so it is less liquid. Great recipe: easy, very tasty and beautiful!

    • Boffcat on February 18, 2017

      I feel a bit out of step with my fellow reviewers, as I have to confess I found this a little bland!

    • pattyatbryce on January 16, 2019

      We loved this one.

    • MarciK on August 06, 2019

      I suspect my recipe had the Celsius oven temperature instead of the conversion to Fahrenheit. I will try cooking at 350 degrees next time.

    • billcranecos on June 21, 2021

      Made this for the first time. I was skeptical of how this would turn out but my wife loved it. Will definitely repeat.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      nice dish but like the other aubergine recipe much better. make sure to grill long enough

  • Castelluccio lentils with tomatoes and Gorgonzola

    • Aggie92 on December 25, 2019

      I also used Puy lentils. This is such a delicious salad. Can be served as a vegetarian main or a hearty side dish. I made a couple of minor substitutions, and used sherry vinegar instead red wine vinegar and parsley for the chervil.

    • lilham on January 12, 2014

      I used puy lentils for this which is a suggested substitute. I also used parsley instead of chervil. This dish took a bit of planning ahead because the tomatoes need to be slow cooked for 1.5 hours and the lentils for about 20min. Otherwise it is a fairly hands off dish. The resulting salad is delicious. Definitely worth making.

    • jenmacgregor18 on March 09, 2023

      I just didn't have the time to make the slow-cooked tomatoes. This is still a good salad, even with fresh tomatoes. I used a somewhat mild blue cheese and it worked well. I can see that feta would be good though too. I'm wondering for future if I could cheat and use sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil.

    • Hellyloves2cook on April 29, 2013

      Pg 222 Just a few little components to make up prior to assembly of this delicious salad. Easy to make. I didn't get all the herbs. Dill not around so just used parsley and chives. Packed with flavour and a definite repeat.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      favorite go-to recipe with unique flavours and easy to make. also with BBQ

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2021

      This is another Ottolenghi classic. It is a relatively simple dish, and adapts easily to some precooking. The tomatoes can be roasted beforehand, for example. You can precook the lentils and onions too, and leave assembly to just before serving. I have used Puy lentils and feta rather than gorgonzola. The gorgonzola here overpowers the salad. The salad is wonderful! We made it first for Summer get-togethers in 2015 and 2016.

  • Pasta and fried courgette salad

    • Apollonia on July 25, 2021

      Made this for probably the fifth time and enjoyed it as much as ever. Great for a casual dinner party because it can be made ahead and is perfect at room temp. I have done the zucchini in the oven as well as fried, and frankly like it almost as much, so often do it that way.

    • Rutabaga on August 24, 2015

      I made this recipe again today; sadly, it had been a few years since I last made it, even thought it's a wonderful salad. I did run into a few issues to avoid for the future. First, using the blender to pulverize the herbs and oil simply did not work for me. The quantity was too small. After some struggle, I gave up, and finished the pesto off in the mortar and pestle. Also, I used green chickpeas in place of the edamame, as that was what I had on hand. It wasn't a bad substitution, but we definitely prefer the edamame, which has a stronger presence in the salad and offers a welcome crunch.

    • Rutabaga on April 19, 2020

      For a fast-to-prepare meal, I made this recently using jarred pesto (not as good as homemade, but still nice) and sautéed asparagus in place of the zucchini. It's a good recipe to turn to for a quick, fresh-tasting meal.

    • pistachiopeas on June 28, 2017

      Made this again and we both really loved it, again, maybe even more than last time. I didn't mind frying the zucchini either. Smitten Kitchen points out that not much of the oil gets absorbed by the zucchini and looking at the pan, I'd agree.

    • cilantrolime on July 06, 2014

      The first time, I followed the recipe exactly. It was tasty, but I hated frying zucchini. Then I made it again a couple of weeks later. I used very nice small yellow summer squashes from the farmer's market. I roasted the zucchini slices in the oven, in a single layer, with a little oil sprayed on top. It came out wonderfully. Roasting brought out the sweetness in the zucchini. I omitted the mozzarella and didn't miss it. Lemon zest and juice are essential though.

    • anya_sf on July 16, 2018

      The zucchini had to be fried in batches, but didn't really take that long. I only used enough oil to thinly coat the pan - maybe a few tablespoons, nowhere near 2/3 cup. Due to the basil puree, the salad ends up fairly oily anyway. We really enjoyed this. I might add a bit more lemon zest or a bit of juice next time. I used 1 cup edamame and 4 zucchinis to up the veggies a bit. I'll make this again.

    • patioweather on September 14, 2023

      I've made this twice. The first time I made it, I thought it was incredible and added it to my "favorites" list. The second time, it struck me as much too greasy. Maybe it had to do with my zucchini frying technique? If I do it again, I'll try and cook the zucchini in some other manner.

    • Lsblackburn1 on July 30, 2021

      I can’t believe I’d never made this before! Lovely and fresh tasting - and uses a lot of the garden. I also did my zucchini roasted - 30 minutes at 425.

    • kaityblueeyes on June 19, 2022

      This was a win! Everyone loved it, even the 4 year old. Didn’t have parsley in the garden so used some cilantro and lots more basil. Used burrata and it was heavenly.

    • Margret on September 09, 2023

      Made it twice, the first time with edamame, it was very good. The second time I omitted the mozzarella and the edamame and added pan-roasted tofu cubes marinated with lemon and pesto (found in a recipe from Elisabeth Fischer in “Tofu Miso Tempeh”), I made the pesto with pinoli, basil and a little bit of mint, also very good.

  • Mushroom and herb polenta

    • MollyB on September 12, 2018

      Very nice dish. It was a great way to showcase Taleggio; mushrooms and Taleggio go beautifully together. I adjusted the recipe some to accommodate a weeknight meal and a limited herb supply - I used pre-cooked polenta from the store, which I pan-fried until crispy. I topped that with thyme, garlic, and parsley then added the cheese and broiled. The mushrooms I cooked as written, but without chervil as I didn't have any. I would definitely make this again.

    • TrishaCP on June 27, 2013

      So, I think there are two ways you can go with this recipe. One way, the "as is" way, is to include the truffle oil, which probably tastes amazing with the Taleggio and the mushrooms. (He calls for mixed, but I used baby portobellos, boring but what I had on hand, and they were fine.) However, I didn't use the truffle oil, because the reason I made this recipe was to take advantage of the fact that my chervil came back in my garden, and that my thyme, rosemary, and tarragon are also still going strong. The second way, which was how I made it, the herbs shine through (I think their flavor would get blown out by the truffle oil) and I loved it. (Tarragon was the strongest flavor.) Either way, be careful of the salt- both cheeses add quite a bit to the final dish, and depending on the type of stock you use, your polenta may not need it. But this dish was very good if you are a cheese and mushroom lover.

    • L.Nightshade on July 15, 2018

      We absolutely loved this dish, made it exactly as written. Served it as a main course on a chilly evening, with salad on the side. Definitely goes into my "do-again" list.

    • twoyolks on January 20, 2016

      This was much better than what I expected it to be. The vegetable stock is non-traditional in polenta but, combined with the butter and parmesan, worked really well. The mushrooms were also quite good. I'd probably cook the mushrooms longer than I did to get them a bit more caramelized. I did use truffle oil but I added a lot less than was called for. It complimented the mushrooms well without overpowering them.

    • Bloominanglophile on October 03, 2014

      I love polenta, and really enjoyed this version with all the herbs. I did read TrishaCP's comments (thanks!), and also decided to eliminate the truffle oil. Other changes I made: chicken stock instead of vegetable stock, a bit less parmesan, and shavings of Fontina instead if 4 oz. Taleggio. My mushrooms consisted of a mix of button, cremini and shiitakes. I served this with the Marinated Pepper Salad with Pecorino.

    • annapanna on February 03, 2013

      I made this as described, including the truffle oil which gives a nice touch, but I left out the parmesan, because I don't like it. We enjoyed this polenta, but for my taste there were too many different herbs. If I make it again I will just choose one or two.

    • Barb_N on October 28, 2014

      I used homemade chicken broth and herbs from my container garden (now indoors)- this gave me all the umami I needed. Then I topped the polenta with a melty-stinky cheese (a Saint Alban?) so I skipped the truffle oil. As it's almost November I had hardy herbs- parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (really). Served with sauteed spinach for aa simple meal.

    • rubytuby on August 23, 2015

      I love this recipe. It's easy to adapt to make it simpler. I usually just make the polenta in one pot, cook the mushrooms and herbs in another pan, and combine them at the end. I don't bother with the Taleggio or broiling it at the end. I use truffle oil if I have it, but it's not necessary, and I often use dried rosemary instead of fresh. I haven't been able to find chervil in the grocery store so I don't use that either. This is a great warming, comforting meal on a cold night.

    • clcorbi on October 27, 2017

      I thought this dish had nice flavor, but neither of us really loved it as much as others have seemed to. I did make a couple of changes--I omitted the truffle oil and chervil from the mushroom mixture, and substituted sage and a bit of nutritional yeast (to add some umami that was lost from the truffle oil). I also cooked the polenta in chicken stock rather than vegetable. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as written. I thought the polenta was really luscious cooked this way and would make that component again. My issue with the dish as a whole is just that the textures were so one-note. I might have preferred serving the mushrooms (which were amazing) on a crisp flat bread or even over squares of pan-fried polenta, just to get some textural variation.

    • inflytur on January 27, 2020

      Excellent recipe. I used the Guardian online version of the recipe. Although it didn’t say so, it made only enough for two. I’m glad I wasn’t planning to have leftovers.

    • StoicLoofah on April 09, 2018

      Very tasty. Skipped the truffle oil and used veggie stock. Mix the garlic and herbs into the polenta well: it's easy for the garlic to clump and look just like the polenta.

  • Beetroot, orange and black olive salad

    • TippyCanoe on May 11, 2015

      Absolutely delicious. The combination of the citrus, olives, and the bitter treviso is incredible with the beets.

    • WFPLCleanEating on September 17, 2016

      This was a lovely salad - very pretty and fresh tasting. I don't think I have ever seen red chicory in the USA so I was going to use radicchio then couldn't find it (found it later in the wrong fridge drawer). But the salad was still great without it. Mix it up at the last minute so the beets don't stain the orange segments. - Jane

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Yum! Takes a while to peel and segment the oranges. Half portion is a mice lunch with some hummus or lentils.

  • Bánh xèo

    • TrishaCP on June 27, 2013

      This was very tasty- you can really just use this recipe as a jumping off point and add whatever vegetables and other stuffing you would like. Pay attention to the instructions on thinning the pancake batter again after mixing- I think I must have added another 1/2 cup of water and it was still a bit too thick. Also, I love enoki mushrooms, but raw enoki per the recipe didn't appeal to me, so I just grilled them for a bit.

    • crandall57 on May 30, 2017

      The sauce is wonderful. The pancakes delicious. Loved this dish. It was great with all the vegetables, but we veered away from the vegetarian version. We cooked ground pork then added gochujang, sambal, fish sauce, soy sauce, and a little brown sugar. We put the ground pork in the pancake along with all the other recipe ingredients. Pretty tasty.

    • dinnermints on July 01, 2018

      The pancakes turned out a bit strange and took longer to cook than I thought they would. I tried adding more water to the batter per TrishaCP, and I think that helped, but they still didn't turn well. And smaller pancakes would've been easier to eat. I roasted the mushrooms (used cremini, couldn't find enoki). Ground pork per crandall57 would have been excellent, but I was pressed for time and added some baked tofu instead. If I made this again, I'd look up a different sauce that used fish sauce. It is very fresh-tasting.

    • julesamomof2 on August 19, 2017

      This took forever to make what with all the chopping and herb picking. I chose to use regular mushrooms and I sautéed them as that seemed more appealing to me. My pancakes were thicker than I think they were supposed to be, we could not fold them over without breaking them. All in all, a lot of work and nobody loved them. I may try a more authentic recipe next time.

    • rubytuby on August 23, 2015

      The sauce is fantastic and the flavor of all the fresh herbs combined was really nice but I didn't think it was worth the effort. This probably took me close to two hours with all the prepping of the veggies. The recipe says it serves 4 but I only had 3 people and it wasn't enough food. I would make the sauce again and put it on something else.

  • Green pancakes with lime butter

    • TrishaCP on April 05, 2020

      I enjoy savory pancakes as something different. I really liked the combination of green onions, spinach, and green chile, but I agree these felt more like a side dish rather than the star. I did put a squirt of lime juice and butter over them rather than making the lime butter- maybe that made a difference?

    • lilham on April 12, 2012

      Baby friendly finger food, and went down well with my little 1 yo. I wonder if a drizzle of lime juice and a small cube of butter will be an acceptable substitute to the lime butter. I used only half the lime butter Ottolenghi has you made in the recipe. I ended up stirring the left overs into blanched spinach.

    • coryelizabeth on February 15, 2018

      These came together quickly but lacked the dramatic flavor of an Ottolenghi recipe. The lime butter was tasty, but the pancakes overall were meh. I agree with the idea of them being nice finger food; they're just not a great centerpiece for a meal.

    • MADCH82 on May 25, 2017

      But bland unfortunately...

    • Beebopalulu on December 02, 2019

      I really liked these, but not popular with the other members of the family unfortunately.

    • Logan92995 on March 09, 2023

      Very tasty and savory pancakes. Definitely best served during brunch. Lime butter was a tasty accompaniment.

    • coldcutcorner on March 09, 2023

      Tastes like a buttery pancake with some zing and spice to it. It's nice. Mixed the leftover lime butter with rice. That was also nice.

  • Green gazpacho

    • TrishaCP on May 24, 2016

      I first had this at my friend's house, and we've made it since to raves. It just tastes really fresh and bright and depending on your choice of chile, spicy. I significantly reduced the oil here (probably from 1 cup to 1/3 cup) and that worked just fine.

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on July 03, 2017

      Very easy and nice. Our chili was not fierce enough, so we're going to look for another type! Other than that it was very good and refreshing. Oil can be reduced enormously, as mentioned in earlier note.

    • finebec on May 28, 2017

      We found, as did many on, that the ingredients had to be blended in several stages. We used an handheld liquidizer and chose to combine all the liquids and add them to the chopped ingredients in our largest mixing bowl After that was liquidized (stopping the machine after 60 second so it took 3-4 goes), we fed in the nuts and leaves, again several goes. It makes an enormous amount, approx. 12 cups. Not as "drama in the mouth" as other recipes of his but very very good

    • Dannausc on December 16, 2018

      The ingredients just barely fit in my blender. It was quite green—looking and tasting. It was fine, but I wouldn’t make it again.

    • Ganga108 on January 01, 2023

      This soup is fabulous, especially on this hotter than hot day. I added a little lemon juice and left the thin crusts on the bread (didn't make any difference), but they are the only changes I made. I made half a recipe, and needed to add the ingredients gradually to the blender - let them blend down a bit before adding the rest. I suspect with some blenders you'd need to blend it in multiple lots, esp if making the full recipe as others have mentioned. Half the recipe made a full large blender container, and would serve at least 4 people. Also, I think it would make fabulous small "double shots" handed to to people while they are standing around nibbling prior to a meal eg at a BBQ or outdoor lunch.

  • Socca

    • TrishaCP on June 27, 2013

      This is a delicious combination, with the earthiness of the chickpea flour pancakes, the sweetness of the cooked onions and the tang from the cherry tomatoes. I also like how all of the components to this dish can be cooked ahead of time, with assembly right before serving.

    • Astrid5555 on September 06, 2012

      Delicious topping but not sure about the dough base. Maybe my chickpea flour was rancid or I'm just not into it. However, I will definitely use the onion-tomato topping for a regular pizza again.

    • FJT on November 19, 2012

      Lovely recipe - naturally gluten-free and so easy to make. The chickpea flour taste may not be to everyone's liking ... but the more topping you have, the easier it is to disguise this! I like to add goat's cheese.

  • Fried butterbeans with feta, sorrel and sumac

    • TrishaCP on June 04, 2016

      This is one of the those special Ottolenghi recipes where the flavors are just so interesting and almost unexpected. Many sour ingredients are included (lemon juice, sumac, sorrel), but they are all just balanced out so well with the other flavors in the dish. My beans (judiones) didn't really brown, likely because I didn't add the butter. I only had cilantro available so used that as my herb component- but I can only imagine how fantastic this would be with more of the herbs- especially dill.

    • L.Nightshade on May 22, 2011

      Limas in the US edition. I had some limas in the freezer left over from a Persian recipe that required them. So I didn't go the soaking and boiling route, just used the frozen. After the beans are cooked they are lightly fried in oil and butter. Near the end of cooking, garlic, green onions (I used purple spring onions), chopped red chiles, and sorrel strips are added and sauteed briefly. The mixture is seasoned with salt. Before serving they are topped with lemon juice, feta, sumac, sorrel chiffonade, and other fresh herbs (I just used chervil). Olive oil is drizzled over. The flavors here are so interesting. The sumac and sorrel combination brings a lot to the dish, the dash of lemon juice brings everything out. I loved this dish. And, truth be told, I don't even like lima beans!

    • jessekl on February 29, 2012

      Made this with black-eyed peas and it was fantastic.

    • clkandel on February 04, 2013

      Love this dish. It's one of the first things I make in the spring when my sorrel and herbs come up. I've used beet greens when I didn't have sorrel and thought it was great too.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      will use a bit less feta next time

  • Herb-stuffed tomatoes

    • trufflemutt on December 31, 2011

      The stuffing for the tomatoes wasn't bad, but they turned out a bit bland.

    • Astrid5555 on September 03, 2016

      As mentioned by the other reviewer, nice stuffing, not so sure about the combination with the tomatoes. Quite quick to make though and nice as part of several mezze.

    • stephengk on May 28, 2017

      Light dish but really substantial flavours

    • StoicLoofah on May 24, 2018

      Pretty meh about the recipe overall. It's mostly pretty onion-y. Take his suggestion to put the goat cheese at the top, and maybe it would be better

    • MelanieG on March 17, 2018

      I bought big juicy beefsteak tomatoes so doubled up the recipe as I wanted it to be a vegan main meal highlight- but still needed to make more stuffing. These were excellent and I will definitely make again. Shame no recipe given for all the tomato insides you don't need for this one! For those who think it is bland I'd suggest adding some feta cheese to the stuffing.

  • Stuffed portobello with melting Taleggio

    • trufflemutt on December 31, 2011

      I'd like to try this again using oven dried tomatoes in place of sun dried. The sun dried tomatoes available here were sharp and over powering when used in this dish.

    • bching on June 11, 2016

      I agree that the sun dried tomatoes were too intense for this dish. Thanks to trufflemutt's note, I reduced the quantity and still found their taste and texture jarring. If I ever make this dish again, I might add some diced fresh tomato.

    • Colleen01 on September 20, 2014

      This is absolutely delicious. The combination of taleggio & mushroom is amazing. I can't wait to make again

    • agfloyd on November 09, 2016

      Just a heads up that the online recipe linked here is different from the book's, which calls for onion rather than fennel and also calls for fresh tarragon.

    • etcjm on August 28, 2021

      So useful to be able to look at notes ahead of making this recipe. I picked up some reduced Taleggio and then went hunting for a recipe - came up with this one. I bought deli oven dried tomatoes and used less than quoted. I also couldn't find tarragon so subbed parsley. I used more portobellos - can't imagine trying to fit that quanity of topping onto only 4 mushrooms! I really enjoyed it - leftovers were also lovely. For an ottolenghi recipe - altogether rather easy!

    • billcranecos on June 16, 2021

      This was delicious. Lots of bold flavor and not a lot of effort to do. I used the full amount of sun dried tomato and I'd do it again.

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      nice with a spicy melting cheese

  • Two-potato vindaloo

    • debkellie on July 14, 2021

      Felt like a vegetarian curry and had the ingredients for this one on hand. I didn't add the sugar (given other folks comments). I guess sweetness would depend on the quality/variety/ripeness of the red peppers and sweet potato.. this was quite sweet. I'd like a little more heat for the vindaloo tag.. but I admit I used a mix of hot & sweet paprika just in case! It seemed very mild despite leaving the red chilli seeds in the mix! I'd give it another go but ramp up the heat, and maybe try a white sweet potato...

    • Astrid5555 on May 04, 2020

      Takes quite some time, had to substitute dried curry leaves for fresh, yellow mustard seeds for brown ones, dried chiles for fresh red chiles and did not have fenugreek seeds. Too sweet for the boys, would not add the caster sugar if I were to make it again, ok for us adults, but quite time-consuming to make.

    • ldtrieb on April 23, 2015

      Love this, used canned tomatoes and did not have a red pepper, used pepper vinegar at the table. Garnished with cilantro. No other notes yet but some rated this 3 stars, I would make it 4 if I knew how!

    • JLDuck on June 18, 2022

      It does take some time to prepare, however the final result is excellent. Consider once it is in the pot, it's done! I matched it with stir fried spinach.

    • Kduncan on September 28, 2020

      Takes a long time to prep, and then a longer time to cook. Used all the fresh ingredients except the curry leaves (where I used dried). I did not add the sugar, and overall we found this pretty good. Lots of leftovers which is one of the reasons we cooked it.

    • patioweather on April 09, 2018

      A good bit of work but we thought it well worth it.

    • allisonsemele on November 11, 2020

      This smelled amazing while cooking, but it takes a long time and I found it overall too sweet. Makes a ton but we didn't get through the leftovers.

    • Anea25 on August 24, 2023

      Great recipe. It was a hit with people who love depths of flavours but not spicy.

  • Broccoli and Gorgonzola pie

    • eatdrinkstagger on October 19, 2020

      Learnt this via Nigel Slater, but be prepared to add more butter to the leeks as they tend to get very thirsty when being sautéed; also agree with the user who says maybe half the mustard - the recipe calls for an amount that cuts through the cheesiness of a blue cheese (?!).

    • shewolffe on April 04, 2017

      I'm not very disciplined at following recipes so ended up adapting this recipe a bit. I had no tarragon, so just omitted it, and it tasted lovely. I didn't measure any ingredients, but used what seemed about the right amount for the long thin tart tray I wanted to use. It included a couple of leeks and about 3/4 of a large head of broccoli. I whisked up a couple of eggs with some rich creamy milk and poured this over the top of the leeks, broccoli, gorgonzola before topping the pie with strips of pastry (I didn't have quite enough to make a pretty top). The final result was absolutely delicious - eaten hot on the first outing and then at room temperature for lunch the next day. As expected, really good combinations of flavours from Ottolenghi.

    • Rutabaga on March 30, 2014

      Rich and filling, with the mustard giving it just a little kick to offset the cream, this tart is a fun way to pair broccoli and blue cheese. My filling turned out a little runny, but maybe I just needed to let it set longer before cutting into it.

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on March 05, 2017

      Delicious. Thanks to the previous review I didn't add water to the leeks. Also made an open pie top to let steam come out during baking. Pie turned out wonderful and without soggy bottom!

    • StoicLoofah on October 07, 2018

      I used a 9 inch pie pan, and it came out very watery. I don't know if those are related. Next time, I might try a 9x13.

    • john628556 on December 28, 2019

      Like other recipes in Plenty, this is a good one that benefits from a lot of revision. 1. The top complaint about this recipe is that it's too heavy. Consider replacing the cream with half-and-half. 2. The second complaint is that the leek mixture is too watery. So skip the water and simmer the mixture until it becomes thick. 3. Use 3/4 pound puff pastry for the pie shell, 1/2 pound for the lid. If you use less for the lid -- and you use an all-butter puff pastry -- the lid is likely to crack apart as it cooks. 4. Skip the chives, salt, and pepper. The gorgonzola and mustard are already salty; more salt isn't needed here. And in a dense pie like this, you won't notice that it's gone. 5. Reduce the tarragon and mustard by half. 6. Use 4 oz. gorgonzola. The recipe calls for 7 oz., but you'll have trouble fitting so much it into the pie. 7. Dry the broccoli before adding it to the pie. Too much moisture in the pie mixture may cause the lid to crack apart as it cooks.

  • Crunchy pappardelle

    • eatdrinkstagger on July 21, 2022

      white wine is needed! this is not a pantry item?!

    • Astrid5555 on April 06, 2020

      Despite the other reviewers’ comments about not needing the panko breadcrumbs or too time-consuming, I think this is a weeknight friendly pasta dish. Please do NOT skip the panko crumbs, they are essential here.

    • Yildiz100 on July 17, 2016

      This was fine, but the extras in this recipe (gremolata and toasted panko) didn't really improve the dish, only created more work. I will stick to my no-recipe mushroom cream sauce pastas.

    • Sandiegolemons on September 12, 2017

      This goes under Do Not Do Again. My first one star out of five rating for a recipe by Ottolenghi. I wonder if he even tried this or it was just filler?

    • MsMonsoon on December 11, 2017

      Uses lots of pots and pretty time-consuming. Tasty dish but you wouldn't think the finished product should take that long to prepare. The mushrooms and wine, and the touch of sugar with the cream, all combine to make a satisfying flavor. Don't skip the panko with lemon zest, garlic and parsley. It really adds something -- garlicky goodness, citrus brightness and some crunch. (Toasting the panko was key, too. It smelled wonderful.)

    • murphyfrank on June 16, 2019

      I think 250gm of pappardelle for 2 people was a bit much. Next time I will reduce that to 200gm leaving all other quantities the same. I toasted the breadcrumbs before cooking the mushrooms & I cooked the broccolini (that's what we have here in Australia) in the pasta so the number of pots used wasn't excessive.

  • Lettuce salad

    • L.Nightshade on May 22, 2011

      I had a spring mix of lettuces, and some purple spring onions, but other than that I followed the recipe. I agree with the "exploding with flavour" description. I loved the tomatoes roasted with thyme, I could have eaten an entire plate of them. Mr. Nightshade, however, felt the dressing was too lemony, and consequently the salad too tart. No accounting for taste!

    • KarinaFrancis on February 01, 2015

      easy and very pretty with the contrast of the red and white against the green lettuce

    • Rutabaga on February 18, 2015

      This is a great salad for winter when you're missing summer tomatoes. I used Pomodoraccio semi-dried tomatoes (even using the tomato oil from the jar in the dressing), which are a splurge but have an amazing, rich tomato flavor and almost melt in your mouth. I left out the radicchio since I didn't have any on hand. My salad did turn out a little salty, probably because of the salted capers. Be sure to rinse them very thoroughly if you are using salt packed capers, or season the dressing sparingly. Using 20 radishes as called for seemed like overkill, however; I scaled down the salad to make two large portions, but only used four radishes and found that to be enough.

  • Scrambled smoky duck eggs on sourdough

    • L.Nightshade on June 02, 2020

      We got some duck eggs from down the road, and I had just baked a loaf of sourdough, so this dish was fated to be. I subbed chipotles in adobo for the dried chipotles called for, and subbed yogurt for the sour cream, as those items were what I had on hand. I had to convince Mr. Nightshade to have this for dinner, as he's not a breakfast-for-dinner guy, but he found it completely satisfying, and we both found it delicious!

    • Rutabaga on November 11, 2014

      Delicious! This is a simple recipe with lots of flavor that is easily adaptable. I used chives instead of green onion, a couple of very ripe yellow tomatoes, and one canned chipotle in adobo instead of rehydrating dried ones. As I do with chicken eggs, I added some milk to the duck eggs before scrambling them, but found their texture to be exceptionally soft and creamy, so perhaps this was unnecessary. And while I love cheese, it's nice to find a hearty, filling egg dish that doesn't rely on it.

    • Dannausc on December 16, 2018

      Fairly easy and quite good. I would definitely make it again. I used three varieties of dried chiles.

  • Watermelon and feta

    • L.Nightshade on May 22, 2011

      This salad excited every one of my taste buds. It is as easy as can be. Chop up some watermelon. Crumble some feta. Cut a few thin slices of red onion. Toss in some basil leaves. Drizzle olive oil and voila! It's sweet, salty, sharp, herby, refreshing, and oh so pretty! I know I was pushing summer, but I had a mini seedless watermelon that turned out to be crisp and sweet. I ground some pepper over it, as it seemed to call out for that (and I think I see pepper in he photo also). Fairly complex flavors for such an easy-peasy dish.

    • pushka on July 27, 2011

      Really refreshing and light, so easy to make and tasty even with a ropey watermelon. Perfect starter for a summer lunch in the garden with friends.

    • stephengk on May 28, 2017

      Fresh and simple. More than sum of its parts. Great summer starter/salad

    • anya_sf on May 30, 2022

      Simple but delicious. Easy to adjust ingredient ratios to your taste. I soaked the red onion in ice water for a few minutes to tame its bite.

    • Jardimc on January 22, 2022

      For those who proposed adding preserved lemons, here’s a link to Ottolenghi’s other watermelon and feta recipe but this time with Kalamata olives and preserved lemons added.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      fresh salad. can add some pickled lemon

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2021

      Fabulous! A twist on my favourite salad of watermelon and raw halloumi. I used a fairly salty feta for this recipe. There is a very similar recipe in Nopi as well. It's a great salad for the beach or eating under the verandah or the grapevine arbour on a hot day. It’s a salad to go with lots of conversation, a glass of beer and jugs of home made lemonade. The saltiness of the feta and the sweet juiciness of the watermelon that makes this salad remarkable. It is best served really chilled.

  • Pear crostini

    • L.Nightshade on May 22, 2011

      Sourdough bread is oven-toasted, then topped with a paste of ground pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Grilled pear slices are layered on the toast with goat cheese (my cheesemonger steered me towards a lovely bucherondin), then warmed in the oven for a few minutes. When done they are topped with fresh chervil, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Outstanding. Good fruit, good cheese, a little herb, a little nut, how could it go wrong? This is an easy first course for a meal, even for a dinner party.

    • Livia on July 30, 2020

      This is delicious ! Will make again, lovely for a dinner party as per previous comment. We had it for a light evening dinner and really enjoyed it

  • Marinated pepper salad with pecorino

    • Astrid5555 on March 01, 2013

      This one is a keeper! Letting the peppers marinate overnight is key. Substituted arugula for watercress and added grilled prawns for a more festive starter.

    • Melanie on November 05, 2014

      Another winner. This was great to prepare in advance to take to a friend's house for last minute assembly (don't mix everything until the last minute). I made a few substitutions based on what was on hand - baby spinach for watercress and parmesan for pecorino. Will make this again.

    • Bloominanglophile on October 03, 2014

      As luck would have it, the store that ALWAYS has watercress didn't have it when I needed it--so I subbed baby spinach, which worked just fine. Everything else was according to the recipe, except I probably used a bit less pecorino than stated (I just shaved it until it looked like enough on the salads). This is delicious, and paired nicely with Mushroom and Herb Polenta, which he recommends.

    • KarinaFrancis on December 25, 2017

      I really liked this even though I subbed rocket for watercress. I also think I was a bit mean with the pecorino, next time I’ll add more. Was a good Christmas recipe because it could be made ahead and assembled last minute. I’ll make this again. (Photo)

    • Colleen01 on September 20, 2014

      Now my favourite salad of all time. I substituted parmesan for percorino (as that's what I had in the fridge). The recipe states that it serves 2 as a starter but I found it easily served 3

  • Figs with basil, goat's curd and pomegranate vinaigrette

    • Astrid5555 on September 02, 2012

      This one is a winner! Very quick and easy to make. Use the best figs you can get and make sure you have a creamy goat's cheese.

    • meginyeg on May 03, 2021

      This was nice. I added some blackberries too. Really liked the combination of flavours.

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2021

      Delicious! Used thick drained yoghurt rather than goat's curd. Goat feta would be nice too.

  • Surprise Tatin

    • eliza on February 11, 2018

      Quite good and very easy to make. I used a combo of potatoes and eggplant in mine along with the tomatoes, onions and cheese. I had to reduce the amount of cheese substantially since about 30 g was all I had. I imagine it would be very rich with all the cheese, but we found the reduced amount to be enough. Mine turned out of the pan perfectly, much to my surprise! I did find the sweetness to be a bit too pronounced for me so would probably reduce the sugar in future.

    • Alro9 on April 21, 2014

      Very good, different take on tart tatin. I have previously tried Beet and onion versions as savoury versions of the usual apple, but this was better, mellow flavoured and delicious. I used a soft goats cheese because it was what I happened to have in the fridge and served it with a broccoli, courgette and raddish salad with a tahini dressing.

    • cadfael on March 04, 2014

      Beautiful presentation! I substituted half old cheddar for half the goat cheese because my hubby doesn't care for an overly strong goat cheese flavour. But it wasn't strong and next time I will use the entire amount Tasty

    • Rutabaga on March 30, 2014

      Wow! This was tasty, and easier that I thought it would be, due to the upside-down way of putting it together so that the tart bakes with the pastry on top. You can also prepare it in advance, then pop it in the oven when ready, making it a great dinner party option. I wouldn't make it too often, only because it also happens to be very rich.

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    • Laurag29 on December 19, 2020

      Added more tomatoes. This was so good. Sweet, earthy, onions, tomatoes, just brilliant. Make ahead friendly.

    • MilduraSO on October 25, 2021

      Everyone should try this at least once. I was so impressed by how wonderful it tasted. It takes a while to cook but most of it is hands off. I put the onions on right after the tomatoes and cooked them low and slow. Besides that, I followed the recipe exactly. It pairs perfectly with a salad dressed with a sharp French vinaigrette.

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      wonderful dish! can be made with colored potatoes and colored tomatoes as well

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      The style of Ottolenghi’s vegetarian dishes is layered flavours created by layered elements. No other recipe shows that as much as this dish. I have to admit that the pie is both tasty and visually amazing. We've made it many times, especially for Xmas. Wonderful and spectacular.

  • Stuffed cabbage

    • elisarose on January 05, 2013

      I made this as directed and unfortunately the wine in the sauce overwhelmed all the other flavors. The filling was tasty before I stuffed it into the cabbage leaves.

    • Dauniika on June 05, 2014

      This was a very involved and drawn out recipe for an underwhelming end result. The filling was yummy pre-baking but the baking process kind of ruined it.

    • pie4u on August 10, 2020

      I have made this recipe a few of times (about to make it again with my homegrown savoy cabbage), and we really enjoy it each time. I grew up eating traditional stuffed (with meat) cabbage, and this is a lovely more delicate version. Note the photo form the Guardian is not this recipe as this one does not have tomatoes.

  • Barley and pomegranate salad

    • mummybunny2005 on July 24, 2013

      I really liked this. Might do a little less vinegar next time as the smell was a little overpowering but otherwise it's great.

    • annapanna on March 22, 2013

      This was one of the prettiest salads I have ever made, but taste was just ok. A bit too crunchy. I am not sure I will make it again

    • mgwalter on April 14, 2014

      Thought it was rather boring. Don't think I'll be making it a second time, but it sure was easy to make.

    • mharriman on January 11, 2019

      My husband and I loved this unusual salad! We liked the juxtaposition of the cooked barley with the crunch of the pomegranates and celery. I made it to accompany a roasted salmon and asparagus dish, and it went really well with that. This is also visually beautiful and would make a pretty addition ( green and red) to a Christmas buffet.

  • Itamar's bulghar pilaf

    • bernalgirl on September 06, 2022

      I love bulgur pilaf and this recipe comes out perfectly, however I don’t like all the sweet elements or the whole spices so I’m really following a technique more than a recipe. I used ground coriander and coarsely ground black and white pepper, and eliminated 1/2 the sugar and the currents. The result is a savory, flavorful, and easy side dish.

    • Melanie on September 27, 2013

      This tasted really fantastic, I served it with Ottolenghi's leek fritters. I substituted quinoa for the bulghur wheat - increase cooking time and slowly add more water.

    • michalow on February 18, 2013

      Pretty good, although not as delicious as the other bulgur recipe in this book (kisir). To my surprise, I didn't particularly care for the pink peppercorns here. I would leave those out next time, and crush the coriander seeds a bit before adding. Worth making again with a few tweaks.

    • annapanna on March 22, 2013

      This was good and very easy to make. I used fresh currants, ground coriander and ground pink pepper. The Bulgur took a bit longer than 20 min, and required adding a bit more water too. Ideal for lunch at work.

    • Rutabaga on June 01, 2014

      Mine turned out a little on the wet side; perhaps, as I was using fine and nor medium bulgur, I should have used a little less water. But otherwise, it came together very well. Since the only pink peppercorns I could find were quite expensive, I substituted white ones. I liked the peppery crunch of the whole peppercorns, but it's not to everyone's taste, so coarsely crushing the peppercorns and coriander would be a nice option. The spice is really needed to balance the sweetness of the dish.

    • finebec on July 31, 2017

      A family favorite from a family being subjected to my Ottolenghi obsession. Small White onions proved hard to get so I used a large Bermuda instead. BTW the Itmar in question is the co-chef owner of Honey and Co, Also a London-based Israeli operation. There's a cookbook with the same title as the restaurant.

    • Raquelcooks on January 03, 2022

      If I make this again I will add boiling water rather than cold. Mine absorbed the water instantly and I couldn't bring it to the boil.

  • Steamed rice with herbs (or, actually, herbs with rice)

    • HazukaPie on April 11, 2016

      My feeling is that you could substitute other herbs, even spinach, and certainly don't need ALL of the herbs call for (10 cups of herbs: 1.5 cups of rice!). But I did use the proportions in the recipe and it was indeed delicious. The cooking method was very interesting.

    • Nancith on April 10, 2019

      This was quite delicious--the rather involved cooking method produced tender, individual grains. I did not have nearly enough herbs as called for, probably only a third of the cilantro, & half the dill, 3/4 of parsley, but I liked it as is. The herbs sort of meld together into a savory earthy flavor--the yogurt sauce adds a nice creamy element. This was a great main for me, & side for my meat eater.

    • Rutabaga on May 04, 2014

      I really enjoyed this dish, but it was not my husband's favorite - too "grassy" in his opinion. Yes, you need to be a big herb fan - specifically of dill, parsley, and most of all cilantro - if you want to make this dish as written. Even with four bunches of cilantro, stems and all, I still didn't have the full finely chopped six cups called for in the recipe. Fortunately it's easier to buy large bunches of parsley and dill around here, so I only needed one bunch of each for the requisite two cups per herb. Since I don't have a food processor, prepping the all these herbs was a real labor of love. Following the technique outlined in the recipe, the rice turned out perfectly done, and the potato crust on the bottom was excellent (I used a Yukon gold). I would definitely make it again, but with far fewer herbs, in hopes that my husband could then appreciate it as much as I.

    • eggplantolive on May 24, 2022

      Reduced the recipe slightly, 1 cup rice and thus reduced recipe to 0.8, keeping proportions the same. So I did use the full 8 cups of herbs for 4 servings. It was absolutely delicious and not at all too grassy/herby. I have plenty (too much) of cilantro and parsley growing, and not enough dill, so ended up increasing the parsley amount to fill in for the dill. Neither the cilantro nor the parsley came through as overwhelming the flavors. It was delicious and I'll be making again, and likely soon! Otherwise, I did not add the yogurt sauce or other sauces. It was perfect as a rice + veg side dish.

    • elysedc on June 17, 2022

      A pain in the butt to clean and strip all those herbs, but so delicious. This is a special occasion dish, for sure.

  • Saffron tagliatelle with spiced butter

    • FJT on November 11, 2012

      Wonderful recipe - I adapted my normal gluten-free tagliatelle recipe to include the saffron and turmeric and it worked so well with the spiced butter and the pine nut / herb garnish. I will use less butter next time I make this, but we'll definitely make it again.

    • cilantrolime on July 08, 2014

      Very tasty and easy! I used store-bought tagliatelle though. It reminded me a lot of burmese noodles like nan-pyar-thote. But this is a lot easier and is meat-free.! Next time, instead of pine nut and basil, I'll try to toasted chickpea powder, cilantro, sliced shallots, and lime juice.

    • Kduncan on September 28, 2020

      Pretty easy recipe, as with all hand made pasta rolling it out takes the longest. Really need to split the pasta dough into more than 4 parts (I did 8, all were still very long). Sauce is great. Overall will do this again.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      delicious, can add small pieces of lardons

  • Mixed beans with many spices and lovage

    • AOski on August 04, 2012

      Really nice Indian flavor...and easy!

    • MarciK on July 21, 2020

      It’s impossible to find fava beans here, so I used Fordhook lima beans. The lima beans and string beans were frozen because I couldn’t obtain fresh. It still worked out well with the substitutions. This is very good, but I’m looking forward to the leftovers after the spices have more time to blend.

  • Spiced red lentils with cucumber yogurt

    • wcassity on January 04, 2019

      This was amazing - we all loved it. I didn’t have the curry leaves and used tomato paste in lieu of chopped tomatoes. We ate with tzaziki sauce and naan.

    • michalow on January 21, 2021

      This is delicious. I skipped the curry leaves, sugar, and most of the butter.

    • Bloominanglophile on January 26, 2016

      This was delicious even without the curry leaves (hope to locate some eventually). I also didn't have fenugreek and couldn't bring myself to use 1/3 cup of butter in a dish serving 2-4 people. I'm sure it would be luscious with that amount instead of the 2 TBPS I used! I served this with Indian-spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes and naan.

    • JLDuck on October 09, 2020

      Absolutely delicious. A fabulous dahl. A long list of ingredients but not difficult to make. I cut down the amount of butter.

    • Acarroll on October 31, 2021

      This was so good! I enjoyed smelling every step of the cooking process. I used cashew yogurt and vegan butter to make it dairy-free. Didn't have curry leaves or fenugreek, otherwise made as-written. This is definitely going in my favorites.

  • Chard and saffron omelettes

    • wcassity on December 16, 2018

      Very tasty. Quite a bit of work, but all the flavors and textures come together very well. Can’t say I tasted the saffron.

    • veronicafrance on December 20, 2011

      We made this with some red chard. It looked a mess when served, but it was really delicious -- I loved the combination of flavours, very unusual. Quite quick to make too. I don't know why it's listed as a starter, we ate it as a main course.

    • twoyolks on June 12, 2015

      This was quite good. I'd probably cut back a little on the lemon juice in the future as it was a bit strong. The tang of the creme fraiche really went well with the eggs and greens. I'll second that it looked messy and the omelettes themselves started to fall apart but it worked anyway. I substituted marjoram for dill and it worked well.

    • suzhecker on February 08, 2019

      I’ve made this several times and absolutely love it. The flavor combination is unique and delicious. My husband loves it too.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      delicious, as cold lunch or main meal with some sausages if desired

  • Asparagus vichyssoise

    • michalow on April 21, 2013

      Samphire is not called for in the US edition of this book.

    • ksg518 on June 05, 2017

      This was a little blander than I expected but I may try it again. I may have had less than the one pound of asparagus the recipe calls for so if I make it again, I'll up the asparagus to over a pound. I used chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. The lemon zest is a must.

  • Grilled vegetable soup

    • Delys77 on January 09, 2013

      Pg 115 The soup is a good canvas but it did need some aggressive seasoning. I added the juice of a whole lemon and a touch of green tabasco to add sourness and heat at the same time. Once seasoned nicely it is a good soup, with a slightly smokey flavour from the grilled vegetables and toothsomeness from the lima beans. I might cut back on the lima beans a little in the future as I found there were a few too many.

    • dinnermints on July 22, 2016

      I agree with Delys77 - the soup needs a lot of seasoning. I added a bunch of preserved lemon, and it sort of helped, but then that effect was dulled when I added the limas (although I liked those, wouldn't decrease). I did the U.S. version which is broiled, and it might have been better grilled. But I wouldn't make this again. I've cooked a ton out of Plenty More and Jerusalem to fantastic results, but have heard mixed things about Plenty, and I think this is the first thing I've made out of it. It doesn't exactly make me want to use it more. I wish it had the more specific measurements of his later books, as I've heard is that proportions are often off in Plenty.

  • Aubergine tricolore (and more)

    • Delys77 on May 21, 2014

      Not a winner for us. He doesn't have you salt the eggplant to remove any of those bitter juices, plus the salsa of sorts isn't meant to be seasoned, plus the balance between the tomato and the pepper seemed a bit off to me. On the whole not something I would repeat.

    • anya_sf on July 12, 2018

      We thought this was delicious - not too heavy and quite refreshing. The "salsa" only marinated for 30 minutes, but was still good, and leftovers were great the next day. I used fresh mozzarella, but not buffalo. I didn't have coriander, so substituted mint, which was also good (a bit less since it's strong). Basil or fresh oregano would probably also be delicious.

  • Garlic soup and harissa

    • Delys77 on May 27, 2013

      Pg. 46 Comes together easily and is one of the better garlic soups I have had. The flavour or garlic is definitely present but the herbs and shallots make for a very nuanced soup. I would repeat.

    • Yildiz100 on February 08, 2015

      This has a really fantastic flavor, but this is a very light soup. I think I will probably reserve it for when I am not feeling well and don't have much of an appetite. It's probably the best thing I can imagine eating when you have a cold.

  • Quesadillas

    • jaxstar84 on October 30, 2012

      Delicious - but next time I would amp up the flavours in the beans, that would make it amazing!

    • moniquerose on November 12, 2013

      Made this without the bean paste as I didn't have beans on hand (no black beans at supermarket, and realised I had none in the cupboard when I got home...). The salsa was lovely, really nice and fresh - I added extra lime juice to mine (recipe calls for juice of 1/2 lime, I added juice of whole lime). Not a big fan of toasting the quesadilla with sour cream inside already. I didn't like the texture of the cream after being heated. Other than that a quick, easy and tasty meal.

    • clkandel on August 16, 2020

      These are easy and delicious. Love the black bean paste. Drain of the juice from the salsa or the quesadillas will be quite drippy.

    • clcorbi on February 20, 2017

      Delicious. My boyfriend especially loved these. We don't have a grill pan so we quickly fried them in a very hot skillet. I also did not add sour cream to the quesadillas but rather served it alongside. The bean mixture was a bit cumin-y for my taste, but then again, I am not a cumin fan so that's just personal taste.

    • JackieBurke on January 09, 2017

      My copy of Plenty falls open at this page (have made it so many times). We heat them on a charcoal BBQ. They're always perfect, especially the salsa. I don't bother making black bean sauce anymore (used to but find Desert Pepper black bean dip works just as well). And commercial tortillas near enough

  • Mee goreng

    • sharifah on October 15, 2014

      Cilantrolime, I compared this recipe with another mee goreng recipe that I have from another book 'Malaysian Hawker Favourites'. The soy sauce amount looks right, but this recipe should have also included shallots, garlic and shrimp paste for a more authentic taste. He used sambal oelek which usually contains vinegar (this will change the taste), and he used ground coriander and ground cumin which is more Middle-Eastern than Malaysian. My two-pennies worth.... :-)

    • sam2118 on July 11, 2013

      Very adaptable recipe: Substituted fresh udon for egg noodles, Napa cabbage for bok choy and julienned zucchini for the bean sprouts. There is a fair amount of prep work, but the results are delicious.

    • cilantrolime on October 14, 2014

      I found this to be quite bland compared to mee goreng I had in Malaysia. Is there a typo for the amount of soy sauce? It calls for 2 tsp of soy sauce and 2tsp of dark soy sauce. I used 2 tbsp each and didn't find that to be too much.

    • ellencooks on November 12, 2018

      Very bland. I’ve never eaten this before so can make no comments about authenticity.

    • vfsalom on August 25, 2015

      @sharifah, Plenty is a vegetarian cookbook, hence no shrimp paste.

    • clcorbi on February 05, 2018

      We found this to be incredibly bland and not really worth the effort. I even added shrimp paste since I had some, and I know the recipe traditionally uses it. Would definitely not repeat.

    • elnicky on January 28, 2019

      Surprised to hear so many found this bland. This has basically become the blueprint for almost every stir-fry I do now. The sweet soy, light soy, sambal oelek, water and spice mix is generally the sauce I use for most stir frys (occasionally adding black garlic, paprika, and other strong smokey flavours). Often use cashews instead of tofu, and crispy onions instead of shallots.

    • Jardimc on October 26, 2021

      Well, yes bland. Ottolenghi lost me at “lemon wedges to serve”. Yikes. Might have been better to call it “a noodle dish inspired by Malaysian Mee Goreng”. Will not be making this again.

  • Egg, spinach and pecorino pizza

    • twoyolks on June 08, 2016

      This was really quite good. The flavors all worked very well together. It's not quite a pizza and not quite a flatbread. It's doughier than most pizza and was closer to a focaccia in texture.

    • sosayi on June 23, 2018

      Great flavors, I agree with twoyolks! The za'atar and sumac with the pecorino made for a super-flavorful topping. And the spinach was a delight. I used a different crust (Lahey's no-knead overnight dough), but used Ottolenghi's toppings and it was perfect. 1/2 lb of spinach ended up being perfect to top one of his pies, and I cut the other ingredients in the same proportions. Timing-wise, I wouldn't add the egg immediately next time... I'd wait a minute or two as it was a tad overcooked. We'd make this again no question.

  • Asparagus, fennel and beetroot with verjus

    • meggan on March 22, 2014

      The dressing was too sour for my taste.

    • Ganga108 on August 25, 2021

      I played with the recipe, using broccolini instead of asparagus, and added home sweet pickled beetroot, some roasted chickpeas and some daikon with the fennel and pine nuts. I was using the more tart Middle Eastern Verjuice rather than the Maggie Beer version, so added some sugar to the verjuice as it was reducing. It still tasted tart but when the dressing was drizzled over the salad it was good. BUT a dressing of lemon/lime and olive oil might have been just as good, I suspect (and quicker with fewer dishes).

  • Mushroom ragout with poached duck egg

    • beeah on March 04, 2013

      Absolutely worth the effort.

    • rubytuby on August 23, 2015

      It's very heavy on mushroom flavor, which is great if you love mushrooms, but not so great if they're not your favorite

    • luluf on June 17, 2021

      Lovely, but a lot of steps and in Australia, extremely expensive for the dried porcini and mixed mushrooms. My husband asked me to remember it so we can have it again soon.

    • Dannausc on December 16, 2018

      Quite a few steps. Good and hearty but probably not worth a repeat. I could have done without the truffle oil.

  • Green lentils, asparagus and watercress

    • snarkattack on June 10, 2015

      First time attempted substituted asparagus for broccolini, parsley for sage (probably best to use more astringent herb as parsley substitute?). Rather than using food processor, just chopped 'pesto' ingredients as finely as possible.

    • clkandel on May 05, 2022

      Thought this dish was good, but not as flavorful as many of his other dishes. I'd say the taste was a little bland. Not bad, just not wow.

    • eszpee on May 14, 2022

      Used rocket instead of watercress, very good balance of flavors.

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2021

      Superb! I have also substituted rocket for the watercress on occasion. This salad really is terrific, mixing hot green lentils with parmesan and asparagus with a dressing made from watercress and parsley. In many ways, this dish is about the parmesan rather than the lentils, dressing or asparagus. That yeasty, earthy umami flavour with the lentils and dressing as a base will have you coming back for more and more. The asparagus offers a delightful crunch.

  • Cabbage kohlrabi salad

    • Egle.L on November 05, 2012

    • elysedc on June 17, 2022

      this one was fine, nothing special. It was a good way to use up ingredients, but nothing worth going out of your way to put together. It did, however, persuade me to use more raw kohlrabi in my cooking.

  • Broad bean burgers

    • mondraussie on March 06, 2021

      Nothing exceptional, wouldn't bother again..

    • finebec on May 10, 2017

      In US, Sadaf frozen broad beans aka favas are already peeled, a great time saver, and are very flavorful. I encourage use of this recipe if you can avoid the peeling process. These are the tweaks I will try next time to get a better texture: a. mash the potatoes when hot and soft, on their own b. blitz the broad beans in a food processor to get a smoother texture, but holding back some beans for hand crushing c. make smaller patties to get more in pan at once, using largest possible pan d. drain on paper towel. uncharacteristically, YO does not give any instructions for type of pan. I used a cast iron and found it worked well. as he does not present an image of it, would love to see someone's photo of it.

    • GC62 on October 16, 2023

      Served this with the recommended sauce (sweet potato cake sauce). Very good combination.

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      delicious! i did not take the skin of the beans. sauce on page 32 (sweet pototoe patties). if desired add some lardons. serve with green salad

    • Ganga108 on August 21, 2021

      Wonderful! I make an egg-free version by using a mixture of chickpea flour, cream and a little eno. I served with the condiment for the Sweet Potato Cakes on P32, a great accompaniment. I love the rough mash texture of the broad beans.

  • Puy lentil galettes

    • Donnakay on March 28, 2013

      I used the puff pastry cups (all they had that day) which were very quick, but didn't hold as much. Delicious!

    • myriaderf on August 23, 2020

      I LOVE this recipe! I've made it once with the puff pastry element, and many times as just a lentil salad without the pastry. There is an error in the metric conversion for the pastry thickness—it should be rolled very thin (1/8-inch or so) before baking, NOT more than an inch thick!

  • Stuffed courgettes

    • Donnakay on March 28, 2013

      courgettes = zucchini

    • Rutabaga on March 30, 2014

      I think this recipe would be pretty good. I say "would" because I over cooked mine, making the zucchini waterlogged and mushy. The filling was still good, but I think part of the difficulty was that I used some old long-grain rice that I needed to finish, and it took too long for the rice to cook.

    • JLDuck on December 16, 2017

      I partially (5 mins) cooked the rice so there were no unwanted gritty bits. I also used very fresh courgettes which may help reduce the mushiness effect. It was very tasty.

  • Cardamom rice with poached eggs and yoghurt

    • MissQuin on January 21, 2015

      it was too hot to turn the oven on so instead I cooked on stove top - once water added to rice I bought it to boil, put lid on and simmered for 10 mins, then took off heat and left to sit for another 10 with lid on. Worked perfectly.

    • JLDuck on July 10, 2022

      I found this dish quite delicious although not as flavoursome as the amount of spices would suggest. I added peas and broccolini to good effect. My husband was not that keen. Oh well!

    • anya_sf on September 06, 2017

      I cooked it on the stove on the lowest temperature. The rice stuck to the bottom of the pan slightly, but the lime juice (and a bit of extra hot water) released it. Per the recipe suggestion, I added more vegetables for a more substantial dish (red bell pepper, zucchini, spinach, peas). I served it with tzatziki rather than plain yogurt, as I had some left over. I did not have curry leaves, so I used kaffir lime leaves. Despite the vast quantity of fresh herbs, I found the seasoning lacking, needing more salt, plus I added some harissa. I did not really enjoy the texture of the whole spices; would prefer ground. Overall, this was just so-so.

    • Cvtbird on January 02, 2023

      Great brunch dish and easy to halve recipe for two people. The yoghurt really livens it up.

  • Poached baby vegetables with caper mayonnaise

    • Margaretsmall on November 03, 2013

      I didn't like this at all. The vegetables took much longer to cook than suggested, and tasted mainly of lemon and olive oil. I didn't make the mayonnaise, that would have been too much oil for comfort.

    • StoicLoofah on January 19, 2018

      It was okay. Best part was the mayo for us. We had to cook the veggies longer than it called for, and the poaching liquid didn't impart much flavor.

    • Ganga108 on August 18, 2021

      Veggies a la Grecque! Beautiful. I use a home made eggless mayo but it would be just as easy to use my favourite vegan mayo from the local shops.

  • Hot yogurt and broad bean soup

    • VineTomato on June 10, 2017

      I cooked this many years ago and remember it being terrible. Now looking at the receipe again it looks delicious. Maybe I didn't shell the broad beans. Do I dare try it again?

  • Caramelized endive with Gruyére

    • cgal on December 26, 2014

      Replace the Gruyère by taleggio or camembert

  • Lemon and goat's cheese ravioli

    • Rutabaga on November 23, 2014

      This is probably one of the simplest homemade ravioli recipes, but the combination of goat cheese, lemon, and fresh pasta is hard to beat. The pink peppercorns are, I think, what makes it special, so use them if at all possible. I used fresh oregano instead of tarragon, and found that to be a good match. I used a ravioli form to shape the pasta, which leaves a very narrow boarder around the filling. Because of this, about a third of the dough remained after I had used up the filling. Still, the finished ravioli served three adults as a main course with a few leftover. And extra pasta dough isn't a problem - I can use it to make fettuccine tomorrow!

    • raybun on June 28, 2017

      We loved these! Now I did cheat a bit as I found a pack of wonton/ dumpling wrappers in the fridge that needed using up. I did hunt down the pink peppercorns though, and they really took this dish to the next level. I used lemon thyme as the 3 stores I went to were out of tarragon. I have made a note to make these again with the homemade pasta, as we really loved the flavour combination.

    • bwhip on March 26, 2017

      This was my first time making pasta, and it turned out great! A fair bit of labor, but absolutely delicious results. Not difficult, just time consuming. Flavor and texture of the pasta was great. The blend of the lemon, peppercorns and tarragon was really good. I'll definitely make it again.

  • Purple sprouting broccoli with rice noodles

    • Rutabaga on April 26, 2016

      Personally, I was underwhelmed with this dish. The sauce is good, but the rice noodles were bland and gummy, even with the sauce. I realize this isn't really the fault of the recipe - it may just be the particular noodles I chose (1/2 inch wide ribbon noodles from a frozen packet) - but I think this dish would work better with rice. I would also chop the sprouting broccoli into bite size pieces prior to cooking. Chopped peanuts are a good addition to give the dish a little protein, too.

  • Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad

    • janeths on August 03, 2014

      Really like this. We have a glut of cucumbers in the garden this year so think we'll be eating it again soon!

    • Lepa on August 30, 2017

      I make this once every summer and always enjoy it. The really standout part of this salad is the toasted bread, which is oiled and salted before toasting. This step makes the salad extra tasty!

    • elysedc on June 17, 2022

      this is a summer favorite in our house. agree with Lepa - the bread is the star here!

  • Mango and coconut rice salad

    • JLDuck on October 14, 2017

      I am not a devotee of rice salads. This recipe could change that. It is fantastic!

    • rmorse on August 11, 2019

      The flavour in this salad is really good although I added more lemon. It is also very pretty, I will definitely be making this again.

    • chezmaryb on April 14, 2021

      So good! Lots of tropical flavors.

  • 'Mixed grill' with parsley oil

    • rubytuby on August 23, 2015

      Surprisingly delicious for just being vegetables and parsley pesto. You can really use any veggies, doesn't need to be what's listed in the recipe.

    • elysedc on June 17, 2022

      The parsley pesto can go on anything and is absolutely delicious. Have made this multiple times, using whatever vegetables were in season.

  • Parsnip dumplings in broth

    • raybun on May 14, 2017

      This is the first Ottolenghi recipe I haven't loved . I was definitely underwhelmed by this dish that I followed to the letter. It was too mild for me and I felt the texture of the dumplings was off. The broth smelt fantastic but didn't have much flavour either ?? I'm really surprised! Nothing a fresh baguette and a lump of Roquefort couldn't fix...

    • finebec on May 01, 2017

      Outstanding, both broth and the dumplings. Found the following things made a difference: skimming off the oil in the beginning; using the fresh as possible celery root

  • Fried leeks

    • finebec on May 02, 2017

      The leeks that I find it in my market, a Whole Foods in an American University town, do not lend themselves to this recipe. Too much dirt to cut in the way he asks. Does anyone have a technique they would like to share to get around this?

    • finebec on May 02, 2017

      The red pepper sauce, however, is a outstanding addition to my condiment made by myself collection. Keeps for several week sin the fridge. Probably would keep longer if it would last that long. Has increased the number of salad eaters in our family exponentially. Whilst I have your attention, let me recommend the pepper sauce for the pecorino salad in this book, which works for us the same way.

  • Gado-gado

    • luluf on August 03, 2020

      This was lovely as cooked by my son. The peanut sauce is double what is needed although we did eat a third of the dish each. Next time I would maybe shred the cabbage or cut smaller and fry and then slice the tofu. A very filling vegetarian dinner

    • ALawson25 on March 07, 2021

      Fried and sliced the tofu, followed the rest as in the recipe. Not sure if it was the sambal olek that we bought but this was waaaaaay too hot for me. Almost inedible! I thought Jamie Oliver’s version is easier and actually tastes a bit more like I remember it in Bali.

  • Beetroot, yoghurt and preserved lemon relish

    • jenniebakes on October 17, 2018

      Overall I enjoyed this dish, but I think my preserved lemons were possibly a bit off. It's not a familiar ingredient for me, and it tasted a bit like furniture polish! I did use the pressure cooker (Instant Pot) to cook the beets as it's much faster.

    • DePollepel on August 27, 2021

      Delicious, many unique flavors and a little sweet. Serve with BBQ, speck or spicy meat.

  • Nutty endive with Roquefort

    • Jardimc on September 05, 2021

      SIMPLE, FEW INGREDIENTS, QUICK and delicious. What?! Why am I shouting? ‘Cause Ottolenghi is known for delicious, yes…but rarely simple, few ingredients or quick. I will be making this again.

  • Aubergine croquettes

    • lelito on November 10, 2020

      Everybody loves croquettes, so it's an easy option when you want to make people happy. Plus, this combination has so much personality... the ingredients match is lovely.

  • Hummus with ful

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      good recipe for hummus

  • Dates and Turkish ewe's cheese

    • DePollepel on August 29, 2021

      simple salad, very fresh

  • Seasonal tempura

    • Ganga108 on August 23, 2021

      2021: Wonderful! Easy to make.

    • Ganga108 on January 19, 2022

      2022: We used this batter to make Sage Leaves in Batter (Diane Holuigue's The French Kitchen), and tempura eggplant and zucchini. The perfect snack or pre-dinner nibble for tonight's hot Summer evening, with a glass of something refreshing, eating French-style, watching the sunset. We've also served this dish with a bright summery salad and called it Lunch.

  • Vine leaf, herb and yoghurt pie

    • Ganga108 on January 08, 2021

      This is a dish where a shallow layer of yoghurt mixed with herbs and thickened with rice flour is baked wrapped in vine leaves! Grape leaves impart their exceptional flavour and aroma to the filling as it bakes. The breadcrumbs and sesame seeds add a crunchy layer to each slice. How very delicious! This recipe comes together in minutes, tastes great, and can be eaten warm or cold. It is an excellent contribution to a table of mezze. It makes a substantial snack or a light starter. Serve with Burnt Eggplant with Tahini.

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  • Kitchn

    Picked for January Cookbook Club.

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  • Kitchn

    Whether you’re being introduced to a new ingredient, flavor combination, or technique, his vegetable-forward cooking is always instructional, although you’ll never feel like you’re being lectured.

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  • Kitchn by Faith Durand

    ...wildly popular, arthouse-photographed paean to vegetables and Mediterranean cooking.

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  • Food52

    All through June, our Cookbook Club will be focused on Yotam Ottolenghi's repertoire, and we hope you'll join us.

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  • Food52

    The best parts of Ottolenghi—unexpected flavor combinations, vegetables given more attention, more oil, more time than we'd seen before—is now at the forefront.

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  • What's Gaby Cooking

    I’ve talked about Yotams books before and it just wouldn’t be right to do a cookbook round-up without including his. He’s a culinary genius in my opinion and his recipes are top notch.

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  • Food52 by Mario Batali

    The 2011 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks vs. Kim Boyce's Good to the Grain

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  • Food52 by Susan Orlean

    The 2011 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks wildcard winner vs. The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual

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  • Food52 by Gabrielle Hamilton

    The 2011 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks winner vs. Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table

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  • Food52 by Peter Kaminsky

    The 2011 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks winner vs. Simon Hopkinson's The Vegetarian Option

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  • Food52 by Christine Muhlke

    The 2011 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks winner vs. Harvest to Heat

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  • Fine Cooking

    Each chapter focuses on a single ingredient and offers recipes (some simple, others complex) that deliver exquisite surprises... It’s twists like these that will keep you coming back for more.

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  • Oregonian

    It is precisely this breezy, multicultural approach to cooking that makes Ottolenghi's book so contagiously appealing.

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  • Kitchn by Faith Durand

    ...looking for vegetarian meals, or just more vegetables? Want to get inspired by bright, interesting food? This book, folks, is the nearly magic answer...Just trust me, and go buy it.

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    The book is beautifully shot by Jonathan Lovekin (who also does Nigel Slater's books) and Yotam has added many new recipes as well as revising all the Guardian ones.

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Reviews about Recipes in this Book

  • Mixed vegetable paella

    • Salt Sugar and I

      This dish would be great to do that with at the end of the week before the next grocery shop or have it as a store cupboard staple because there was a fair bit of frozen or jarred vegetables in it.

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  • Chickpea, tomato and bread soup

    • Salt Sugar and I

      I've always thought bread in soup would be unpleasant, a texture thing really but the bread in the soup gives it body and goes well against the textures of the vegetables and chickpeas.

      Full review
  • Marinated buffalo mozzarella and tomato

    • Lottie and Doof

      It could not be simpler, or more delicious. But I implore you to only make this when you have the best ingredients...bookmark this for when you can. It is worth the wait.

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  • Lemon and goat's cheese ravioli

    • Lisa Is Cooking

      Each part of this dish is simple but just right. Pasta is plain by nature, but here it gets a boost from lemon zest...But, all those simple parts resulted in something as fabulous as I knew it would..

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  • Lentils with grilled aubergine

    • Kitchn

      Ottolenghi does a particular good job using citrus to punch up vegetables, and dairy to make them feel a bit more luxurious...this is a good example of his style, and it's a fabulous weeknight dinner.

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  • Seasonal tempura

    • Leite's Culinaria

      This tempura is a breathtaking work of staggering genius, considering it works well in all seasons with just about all vegetables. It’s also breathtakingly, staggeringly stunning...

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  • Crusted pumpkin wedges with soured cream

    • Proud Italian Cook

      I knew I was going to like this recipe the minute I saw the's all about the coating that gets pressed into the pumpkin and then when baked, turns crispy and crunchy!

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    • Sprouted Kitchen

      It’s a why-haven’t-I-done-this-before? kind of recipe – written with a short list of familiar ingredients...out comes a tender squash with just the right crunch of breadcrumbs and parmesan.

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  • Sweet potato cakes

    • Lisa Is Cooking

      At this size, the cakes hold together well for picking up off a tray, and each one offers a bite or two of sweet, tangy, spicy, fresh flavors.

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  • Lettuce salad

    • Kalyn's Kitchen

      ...the recipe combines several kind of lettuce, radicchio, radishes, tomatoes, green onions, and capers, and I think those flavors go perfectly with the lemony vinaigrette he uses.

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  • Soba noodles with aubergine and mango

    • Marcus Samuelsson

      With its tangy, sweet, and salty notes, it is delicious whether served warm, cold, or at room temperature - perfect for this time of year when you never really know what surprises the weather holds.

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    • Nord1jus

      I’m a total noodle fiend (apparently so is Yotam) and... this is one of my favourites. I wasn’t so sure about mixing aubergine and mango with soba at first, but it works and it’s lovely

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  • Fried butterbeans with feta, sorrel and sumac

    • David Lebovitz

      ...tossing them in the wilted sorrel and spring onions. And I was surprised at how delicious they were.

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  • The ultimate winter couscous

    • Lisa Is Cooking

      I think this is the ultimate winter dish because it really couldn’t go wrong. It was full of warm spice flavors, sweet roasted charm, and perky acidity and heat.

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  • Quinoa salad with dried Iranian lime

    • Lisa Is Cooking

      ...a pleasant mix of nutty, chewy grains, and the garlic, onion, and herbs hit all the right flavor notes. The dried lime with its concentrated citrus was well-matched with the sweet potato and feta.

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  • Castelluccio lentils with tomatoes and Gorgonzola

    • Lisa Is Cooking

      With the bite of Gorgonzola and the fabulousness of oven-roasted tomatoes, this is no shy, vegetarian dish. Simple, earthy lentils carried both well, and the herbs added fresh flavors.

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  • ISBN 10 0091933684
  • ISBN 13 9780091933685
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  • Published Apr 29 2010
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Ebury
  • Imprint Ebury Press

Publishers Text

With his fabulous restaurants and bestselling Ottolenghi Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi has established himself as one of the most exciting new talents in the world of cookery and food writing. This exclusive collection of vegetarian recipes is drawn from his column 'The New Vegetarian' for the Guardian's Weekend magazine, and features both brand-new recipes and dishes first devised for that column. Yotam's food inspiration comes from his strong Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on strong flavours and stunning, fresh combinations. With sections devoted to cooking greens, aubergines, brassicas, rice and cereals, pasta and couscous, pulses, roots, squashes, onions, fruit, mushrooms and tomatoes, the breadth of colours, tastes and textures is extraordinary. Featuring vibrant, evocative food photography from acclaimed photographer Jonathan Lovekin, and with Yotam's voice and personality shining through, Plenty is a must-have for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

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