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Yotam Ottolenghi is the Guardian's food columnist and many of these recipes first appeared in the Guardian's weekend supplement.
I bought this book for my son last Christmas ( I know, I'm always doing that, buying books I want for other people!!) and we spent the whole os Xmas day drooling all over the pictures in this book. Who wants turkey when you couild have "vine leaf, herb and yoghurt pie"??
Now, I must clarify this, we are NOT vegetarian, far from it, but every recipe in this book makes your mouth water, you forget this is a vegetarian book, you forget there is such a thing as meat!
Back to the book itself. 129 recipes, most of them with a full-size photograph. Both the recipes and the ingredients are clearly laid out and the recipes are easy to follow. However, some of these recipes are a little labour- intensive and there is generally a lot of peeling and chopping involved. I have not really come across anything that can be thrown together in no time at all.
I have another slight criticism: some of the ingredients can be a little challenging to get hold off, if , like me, you live in rural Dorset (red endive?okra?samphire?wakame?). I appreciate this might not be the case if you have Waitrose down the road...
However, the results are just superb and bursting with flavour and sophistication.
I already have a few firm favourite:
*The very full tart p84, a delight, takes quiche to another level
*Caramelized garlic tart p 38, a show-stopper
*Tamara's ratatouille p 74 ( now known as "my" ratatouille, and lovely with a few lamb chops, sorry Yotam!)
I believe this book can now be bought for about £15 on Amazon. I paid £25 for our copy but it was money well-spent for a very contemporary and inspiring book.