Just wanted to see if anyone had personally tried some recipes
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David Lebovitz wrote about one here! http://www.davidlebovitz...
I don't own the book but I've only ever heard great things...
I've got the UK edition, and I adore it. The author has a blog on the Guardian's website that includes some recipes from the book and a lot that are new (or were new):
It should give you a good idea of what's in the book, and if you might want to buy it.
It is one of my favourite cookbooks and I cook from it (and its predecessor Ottolenghi The Cookbook) regularly. A scale is a must and you just need to be aware of some UK/US naming differences. From my experience, once you stock up on lemon, tahini, pomegranate molasses, greek yogurt, cumin, and cilantro, you can cook from the book without too many special shopping trips.
Yes, I've made 9 or 10 recipes since discovering it this summer, and enjoyed all of them. One of the best was the Sweet Corn Polenta, which I topped with sauteed mushrooms instead of the eggplant, because I made the cover recipe (eggplant with buttermilk sauce) as a first course. The parsley oil from the "mixed grill" was a big hit too. I''m planning to work my way through as the seasons change.
The foog52 website here has a cookbook fight called 'piglet' (the 2012 one just started.) This cookbook made it to the very final round before falling to the winner (Good to the Grain.) You can read the final review by Mario Batalli in the link and go back and read each previous review which advanced the book. I think the previous reviews include recipes the judges made.
Black pepper tofu
Mushroom ragout with poached duck egg
They were all great.
Made the wild mushroom parcels tonight and they were delicious!
I've heard so many great things about this book and the recipes looked sumptuous but when I tried a couple, they were so blah that I'm loath to try again- the veg soup w parsnip dumplings and the Moroccan style carrot salad. Was so sad.
I've loved everything I've made from this book and I would say the same about the Ottolenghi Cookbook. The dishes I've made are:
Green beans salad with mustard seeds and tarragon
Quinoa salad with dried Iranian lime
Green couscous (fabulous!)
Gosh I thought I'd made more than three recipes from there (I have loads of recipes marked as must cook) so I am making it a priority book again.
Yes! I absolutely love the caramelized garlic tart from the book. The directions for his recipes are clear, but not overly verbose. I also like that many of the recipes can be used as springboards for variations depending on the season and/or what you have on hand, such as his green pancakes and black pepper tofu. I think it's a great book to purchase if you're looking to incorporate more vegetables into your diet or are tired of your weekly main or side dish rotations (he also gives advice for pairing his recipes with meat for omnivorous readers).
I made the stuffed eggplant cover recipe and it was great!
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Another vote for the caramelized garlic tart. And also the tomato party. It's a gorgeous book, and I wouldn't mind cooking my way right through it.
Third vote for the caramelized garlic tart. I have a love/hate relationship with this cookbook. I have had some serious kitchen fails with this cookbook, but also some very high highs. I think mostly disappointing to me is that the recipes from the cookbook- like the Moroccan carrot salad- are huge disappointments, while the actual dish at Ottelenghi the restaurant is fabulous. I had two of the best meals of my life at Ottelenghi in London-- and I wish the cookbook matched that experience.
Any ideas of what's wrong with the Moroccan carrot salad? I just took a look at it, and it reads like it would be fine.
I've made the Surprise tatin three times, we love it! Also tried these:
The vegetable broth from Parsnip dumplings in broth - wonderful.
Butternut squash with sweet spices, lime and green chile - loved it, and so pretty!
Broiled Vegetable Soup, Lentils with broiled eggplant, Chard and saffron omelettes, Green gazpacho, Puy lentil galettes, Yogurt flatbreads with barley and mushrooms..
All were excellent. Some of the recipes take a little thought to decide exactly what he means... but no big fails yet!
You've got me curious about the Moroccan carrot salad, will try that next...
I am sorry but the parsnip dumplings were rubbish! Lots of the recipes look great but this was the first one we tried, very sad evening! Oh well, look forward trying others