Ottolenghi Simple [Cookbook Review]

December 16, 2018


Yotam Ottolenghi’s award-winning recipes are always a celebration: an unforgettable combination of abundance, taste and surprise. SIMPLE is no different, with 120 brand-new dishes that contain all the inventive elements and favour combinations that Ottolenghi is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy.

Bursting with colourful photography for every recipe, SIMPLE showcases Yotam’s standout dishes that will suit whatever type of cooking you find easy – whether that’s getting wonderful food on the table in under 30 minutes, using just one pot to make a delicious meal, or a flavoursome dish that can be prepared ahead and then served when you’re ready.

These brilliant, flavour-forward dishes are all SIMPLE in at least one (but very often more than one) way:

S – short on time: less than 30 minutes 
I – 10 ingredients or less
M – make ahead
P – pantry 
L – lazy
E – easier than you think

SIMPLE is the stunning new cookbook we have all been wishing for: Yotam Ottolenghi’s vibrant food made easy.

Book Details

Title: Ottolenghi Simple || Author: Yotam Ottolenghi || Genre: Cookbook || Published: September 2018 || Imprint: Random House UK || Publicist: Anje Niemandt || Pages: 308


My Thoughts

Firstly, the recipes lived up to the name of the book which is amazing. One does not require a lot of ingredients in order to try out a recipe. These recipes are simple which is always a positive thing when looking for something quick.

While Ottolenghi’s steps are straight forward, his recipes need to be read carefully because most steps in his cooking methods contain multiple instructions which can easily be lost in the paragraph format. At a glance, a recipe may only have 3 or 4 steps but each step may reveal 5 or 6 things to do. In contrast, his list of ingredients are crystal clear, providing both the ingredient and what needs to happen to it.

The photographer did an amazing job capturing the dishes. Overall this cook is amazing and its a good Christmas gift for someone who loves cooking. I know I will gravitate towards this cookbook more because its packed with awesome recipes for different events. 
There are many other dishes that appeal and I look forward to making all of them over time.

Below are some of the recipes I made for this review.

Beef Tomato Carpaccio

Sweet Potato Mash With Lime Salsa

Chicken Mabella

Those were my thoughts, a huge thanks to Penguin Random House SA for sending me a review copy. 

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