Weekend Cooking – Ottolenghi Simple

Enjoy your month, Virgo friends!

Weekend Cooking is a weekend blog meme hosted by Beth Fish Reads. Today I’m doing a quick review.


Goodreads Synopsis: Beloved for his innovative recipes that incorporate flavour-packed Middle Eastern ingredients, superstar chef Yotam Ottolenghi has become a household name the world over, and especially well-loved in Canada. And while countless home cooks have been inspired to integrate tahini, pomegranate molasses, za’atar and other Middle Eastern staples into their cooking, sometimes the long ingredients lists or hard-to-find recipe components relegate this recipes to weekend projects. In Simple, Ottolenghi presents a collection of delicious, pared-down dishes that are packed with his signature nuanced flavours, but in a way that’s accessible for home cooks and weeknight dinners. Recipes like Roasted Baby Carrots with Harissa and Pomegranate, Roasted Red Onion and Chickpea Salad with Tomato and Tahini, and Spring Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemon are organized by type of dish (brunch dishes, soups, vegetables, grains and legumes, pasta, fish, meat, and desserts), making any meal brilliantly, deliciously simple.

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While I have yet to make any of the recipes from this book, it immediately caught my eye and once I delved into the book I was in love.   The first word that came to mind was refreshing. The recipes are like the book is named, simple but they encompass the word refreshing.  I was sad that I hadn’t got access to the cookbook earlier in the year when I was up to my ears in zucchini.

From raw veggies, to cooked veggies, brunch, rice and grains and so much more.  Some of the recipes I want to try are: “Chicken with miso ginger and lime”, “Beef meatballs with lemon and celery root”, “Lamb and feta meatballs”. I loved how many meatball recipes there were in this book.

Again this cookbook is not the most accessible, but then again 99% of every cookbook I’ve read isn’t accessible. There’s bound to be a handful of recipes (or more) that have ingredients that are hard to find or expensive. Still I would buy this book.  And I gave it four stars on Goodreads.


  1. I have a couple of Ottolenghi cookbooks, but I never seem to cook from them. I know lots of people who swear by his recipes, though.

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