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New Ottolenghi Cookbook - Plenty - is out

my copy just shipped from Amazon UK - about 22 euros including shipping

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  1. Whoo Hoo...I got that e-mail today too. I can't wait to get it.

    1. Exciting! And it's only £11.25 now.

      1. ooh ooh ooh! You are going to try a few recipes and tell us all about them, right?

        ~TDQ

        1. I was just on the AmazonUK web site, and they have a brief video of Ottolenghi demonstrating a very yummy looking and simple eggplant dish. Definitely want to try this, but the one thing that surprised me was that his cracked pepper came from a jar! Anyway, I think it's worth taking a look!

          1. My email came this morning. It said it would deliver appx June 3? Surely with DHL/Deutsche Post they meant May 3...the last book I got from Amazon UK arrived within 10 days.

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            1. re: buttertart

              My e-mail said delivery 4 June...

              1. re: buttertart

                Is this a brand-new book delivery delay or a coming from the U.K. delivery delay? My recollection is that my first Ottolenghi book arrived more quickly than I expected, though, my expectations were low...

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Not sure. The other one definitely came within a week or so. Let's keep our fingers crossed! (I was charged GBP 15.00 not 11.25 for it by the way.)

                  1. re: buttertart

                    I know it's just a matter of time before I break down and buy this book, but, I wouldn't have time to cook from it for a month or so anyway, so why not wait to see what you all all on the cutting edge of cookbookery have to say about it? But, yeah, I'm so close to buying the darn thing on impulse.

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      I suspect that many or most of these recipes have already been published in the online column so we may have seen them already, but it will be a pleasure to have the hardcopy compilation instead..

                      1. re: jen kalb

                        You're probably right! Because these recipes require a lot of conversion of weights and ingredient names, I find that it's especially helpful to be able to write them in the book for future reference. Of course, I can do that with a hard-copy print out, too, but those tend to get lost and misplaced, etc., at least in my household.

                        I just looked at the excerpt again, thinking maybe I should give those recipes a whirl before committing to buying the book. That black tofu recipe has my name on it right now.

                        Here's the link, again, that you posted at the bottom of Candy's Ottolenghi thread:

                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5997...

                        ~TDQ

                      2. re: buttertart

                        If you ordered it previously, that would explain the price, as it just went on sale for GBP11.25 today (I got a promo email this AM, which indicated the sale price is through May 3).

                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          Makes mental note to order before May 3.

                          1. re: greedygirl

                            Oh, geeze, it's a special price? Now I'm really tempted. I think I'm just going to take the plunge.

                            EDIT: okay, I caved in. I was going to pick up a copy of Hopkinson's "Vegetarian Option" while I was at it, but, boy, that book is getting pretty pounded in the Amazon reviews, partly, it seems because it's not very vegetarian (one gal claims that there is a recipe that literally calls for chicken breast). Bummer. I decided to pass on that one for now.

                            But I'll be PLENTY busy cooking from Plenty, I'm sure.

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              I have a small, illustrated booklet of Plenty and tried a veggie tart last night for dinner. Despite some mishaps that I caused by not tossing out the foil container for beans (pie weights) before it disintigrated and fell all over the place, knocking over the tart case so that I was forced to piece it back together, this was a delicious dish. It's a tart of sweet potatoes, etc....I posted a thread somewhere here last night.

                              1. re: oakjoan

                                How were the sweet potatoes? That was the only thing that seemed odd in the bunch, although potentially delicious. I am planning to make the same thing on Sunday. (Recipe is also online -- just google "Ottolenghi very full tart" and you'll find a preview of the book -- also available through Guardian column -- thanks oakjoan for your post on your free cookbook bounty that led me to this!)

                                1. re: mebby

                                  mebby: The sweet potatoes were quite delicious paired with roasted peppers, etc. A very interesting taste combo.

                              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                I just bought a copy of Hopkinson's "Vegetarian Option" and thumbing through I got very hungry. In the book intro I believe he states it's not intended to be a strict vegetarian book...but I suppose the title can be misleading.

                                It looks fabulous, though and I look forward to cooking from it.
                                Now you all have me thinking about the Ottolonghi on special...

                                1. re: poptart

                                  I have Vegetarian Option and have already cooked a couple of recipes. Can't remember which ones at this moment. Don't think it's because they're forgettable, it's probably just a brain warp. Two different approaches..,. Hopkinson and Ottolenghi.

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Do you remember liking them, Gio?

                                    ~TDQ

                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                      Duh... I think so... LOL. When I get back to the kitchen I'll look at my notes and post the recipes and results tonight.

                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          [insert sideways grinning moron icon here to indicate humor]

                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                            Vegetarian Option:
                                            Baked Butternut Squash with Olive Oil and Lemon, Pg. 42

                                            Well, as I said, I cooked a couple of recipes from Plenty. The only thing is I didn't cook 2 recipes I cooked one recipe twice.

                                            To start, preheat the oven to 375F. Quarter the squash from top to bottom lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and strings. Place in a baking dish, season, and spoon about 3 T EVOO over all. Bake about 1 hour or till very tender. Baste from time to time. When the squash comes out of the oven squeeze lemon juice all over to your taste. The first time I served them as is. The second time I grated Parmigiana over as suggested. Both were delicious.

                                            1. re: Gio

                                              Sounds wonderful, thanks for the review.

                                              1. re: poptart

                                                Your Welcome. I see I mis-typed. Yet again. That recipe will be found in Vegetarian Option NOT Plenty. (>.<)

                                      1. re: Gio

                                        The funny thing is, I'm reading through the intro to Plenty and, in fact, he very clearly announces that he is not a vegetarian and even refers to an "accident" he made when writing his Guardian column wherein he suggested a dish be served alongside some nice lamb chops. I haven't read all the way through Plenty, but he says in the intro that he makes occasional references in the book to fish or whatever. He also says that he uses cheeses that require rennet (like parmesan, which i always forget when I feed vegetarians) and so on. So, I wonder if their approaches really are very different after all.

                                        So, it's weird, why aren't people turning on Ottolenghi the same way they seem to be doing on Hopkinson (in the Amazon reviews anyway.) Maybe there aren't enough reviews of Plenty on Amazon yet and they eventually will? People are so funny.

                                        ~TDQ

                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          Neither chef is a vegetarian, but I think where Hopkinson uses more or less familiar ingredients, Ottolenghi takes great pleasure in using ingredients which are not so well known..or readily available, shall we say. And don't they make a terrific difference in the finished dish.

                              3. re: buttertart

                                Amazon UK refunded me GBP 3.75! Great!

                            2. re: buttertart

                              I've been ordering books from Amazon UK to be delivered here in Cairo, and while the delivery estimate date has always been many weeks away, the books always show up in about a week.

                              1. re: roxlet

                                It's fun to have something coming and not know exactly when, rather like when we were kids and wrote away for stuff.

                                1. re: buttertart

                                  Yes, you're right. I actually remember writing away for catalogs, hard as that may be to believe given how inundated we seem to be with them these days! And I would wait anxiously for them to arrive, and pour over them endlessly.

                                2. re: roxlet

                                  roxlet: Is that KAY ROW Illinois or KAI ROW Egypt?

                                  1. re: oakjoan

                                    Kay Row Egypt, oakjoan. Two and a half months left and I'll be home. I'm hoping Plenty comes in time for my husband to take it home with him after his next visit. I figure I can copy out the recipes to try here, and then have the book home when I get there mid-july in time for all the wonderful summer vegetables. When I ordered some books for my son from Amazon UK, they always came relatively quickly, but they were sent Royal Mail. This is the first time one of the books was sent DHL. I'm hoping it shows up this week...