A recent library find, checked out as an ebook, is Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi. As the title suggests, Ottolenghi is a restaurant owner, and he is also one of the UK's leading chefs. He writes a weekly food column for The Guardian newspaper, where he focuses on vegetables, although he is not a vegetarian. He says he was asked to write the column, based on the vegetable dishes he serves in his restaurant.
After reading through the recipes, today I tried Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass and Crème Fraîche. The roasted sweet potatoes are enhanced by the bright, fresh flavors of lemongrass, lime, and ginger in a creamy dipping sauce. I made the crème fraîche by combining equal parts of cream and sour cream, but otherwise the steps followed were exactly as shown by another blogger at Eating for England. Please click through for ingredients and beautiful photos of this dish. I served it as a side dish with fish, but it would also make an appealing finger food snack.
The recipe taught me something new about cooking. I had never thought of using my spice grinder, a small coffee grinder reserved for the purpose, to grind lemongrass. It worked efficiently and well, and left a bit of a mess in the grinder, but it was easily wiped clean. Just about everything in this cookbook looks appealing. I think my next recipe to try will be his Spicy Moroccan Carrot Salad.
Ottolenghi also writes a blog, where he posts many other recipes, and he has written two other books: Jerusalem, a Cookbook (published this fall in the US) and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook (due for US publication in September 2013). This creative chef has me more fired up about cooking since I discovered Anne Willan.
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Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi.
Orignally published in 2010 by Ebury Press, UK. Chronicle Books issued a reprint edition in the US, 2011.
I read the Kindle version.