Wed 25 Apr 2012
A few months ago I was listening to a cooking show on the radio as I am known to do. One of the guests on the show was Yotam Ottolenghi, a London restaurateur who was promoting his new cookbook, Plenty – Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi.
The interview was your basic cookbook conversation and I was only half listening until I heard Mr. Ottolenghi and the host taking about his recipe for Grape Leaf Herb & Yogurt Pie. Grape Leaf Herb & Yogurt Pie? I was sold.
About Plenty – Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi: “Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most exciting new talents in the cooking world, with four fabulous, eponymous London restaurants and a weekly newspaper column that’s read by foodies all over the world. Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables. Yotam’s food inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London. A vibrant photo accompanies every recipe in this visually stunning book. Essential for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!”
Plenty has one big claim to fame in my world – it was the first (and to date only) cookbook I have purchased on my Kindle, and it is fabulous.
The dishes presented here are all vegetarian recipes. However, the thing I really like about the book is it is not a “vegetarian cookbook” per se, more of a collection of recipes that just happen to feature no meat. Many of these dishes would compliment meat and others stand alone as a main course.
I have yet to attempt the Grape Leaf Herb & Yogurt Pie – I am too in love with the idea of it and don’t want to risk messing it up – but I have picked up a few hints and ideas that I have adapted into my own meals. Just what a good cookbook can do.