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Simple or not, this is not the weeknight cookbook that was promised
October 16, 2018
I like Ottolenghi style, and particularly his Jerusalem opus, so I was enthusiastic about this cookbook, full of simple, low key recipes, with one pot wonders that can be cooked on a busy weeknight (as per publisher's description). Truth is, the recipes are simpler than what you would usually expect from Yotam Ottolenghi, but this is not enough to make them suitable for weeknight cooking - well, not if you have time constraints, family tastes to manage and a mixed appreciation of washing dishes. There's not a lot of recipes in the book that are meals in themselves, and a lot of them are for side dishes that involves cooking something else to round up the plate. There's also a lot of mezze recipes (like this fava beans smash with muhammara that looks soooooo good), but there's no suggestion about things that would be good to eat with. I am supposed to serve the smash along with some spoon to dig in? Or will it be good with some sort of flat bread? I know I can figure this out by myself, but I was expecting a cookbook that could be use to simplify meal time, not just to simplify Ottolenghi's cooking style.
I'm gonna send this one back because it won't be use enough to justify keeping it on my already cramped bookshelf.