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Which of Ottolenghi's cookbooks should I buy?

soccermom13 Jan 7, 2014 04:59 AM

If there's already a thread on this, please let me know.
Thanks, guys.

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    ultimatepotato Jan 7, 2014 05:42 AM

    It depends.

    Are you a vegetarian, or wanting to be inspired to cook more vegetarian dishes? Buy Plenty.

    Eaten at his restaurant and want to recreate the style? Buy Ottolenghi, The Cookbook.

    Jerusalem...well, it's in the title. Recipes that he grew up with, and that people use in Jerusalem. I don't own it, but really enjoyed the Jerusalem episode in one of his recent TV series.

    1. geekmom Jan 7, 2014 08:32 AM

      I've got all of them and am a big fan so I think you should get them all :-) What do you like to cook? I have probably cooked from Jerusalem more than from any other cookbook, but I have a family who really enjoy middle eastern flavours. Plenty is my favourite Ottolenghi cookbook because it has such a wonderful variety of bold and interesting vegetable dishes. Ottolenghi has a very interesting variety of recipes - lots of baked goods - and brings back memories of eating at the restaurant.

      All of these books are available at my local library... you may be able to borrow one or two of them yourself, so you can try before you buy.

      1. Savour Jan 7, 2014 09:08 AM

        Ottolenghi - more (but not exclusively) prepared salads, cold foods, baked goods - things they sell in their shop.
        Plenty - 100% vegetarian, no desserts. Recipes are the most complex.
        Jerusalem - middle eastern food, including (great versions of) some very basic dishes, like hummus. More "meal building" elements. Recipes simpler than Plenty. Contains some desserts, but all Middle Eastern.

        I have all three and cook the most out of Jerusalem. All three are gorgeous though.

        1. Gio Jan 7, 2014 09:17 AM

          Yotam Ottolenghi and Sammy Tamimi's books have been COTMs twice.
          Ottolenghi & Plenty


          I have all three and I honestly think we cook from each equally, although there are favorites in each too.

          1. herby Jan 7, 2014 09:32 AM

            I have Plenty and Jerusalem and made about twice as many dishes out of jerusalem as out of Plenty. I love both, though, and won't part with either one. Recently I flipped the Ottolenghi at a store and wasn't inspired enough to buy. Could be just Ottolenghi fatigue :)

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            1. re: herby
              soccermom13 Jan 8, 2014 03:23 AM

              Hey everyone,
              I really appreciate your answers. I think I need to go to the bookstore and look at all three at the same time.

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              rasputina Jan 8, 2014 07:03 AM

              I like Jerusalem better than Plenty. I haven't gotten Ottolenghi yet.

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                dori_pm Jan 8, 2014 11:26 AM

                We have _Plenty_, and there are tons of appealing recipes. However, they are organized by ingredient rather than type of dish (no sections for soups, entrees, apps, sides ...), which makes it pretty tough to menu plan.

                Has anyone created a meal from _Plenty_? I'm eager to see how the dishes could come together.

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                1. re: dori_pm
                  lilham Jan 9, 2014 10:53 AM

                  I don't do soups, entrees, sides etc as a meal. I have multiple main dishes usually serve with carbs instead. If I work from plenty, I would pick a winter vegetable, say, roots and build from there. For example the onion pie I would serve with a roast or sautéed vegetable dish. The paella I would serve with pan fried meat, and maybe a vegetable too.

                  Hope that makes sense.

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                  cheesecake17 Jan 11, 2014 07:34 PM

                  I love Jerusalem. Lots of different d interesting dishes, and I can get most of the ingredients locally or I already have them in my pantry. Many dishes can be prepped ahead and work great for company

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