Plenty to Love
What It Is: A collection of two cookbooks from famed UK-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi. With multiple restaurants under his belt and a beloved weekly column, the chef’s specialty is making vegetables sing with an unexpected collection of ingredients to make your next plant-based meal lip-smackingly delicious. Plenty was released in 2011 and features 120 vegetarian recipes that draw on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences, like Sweet Corn Polenta and Black Pepper Tofu. The book was a raving success, causing Ottolenghi to compile another 100 recipes in Plenty More. I’ll note that these books *do* tend to rely semi-heavily on dairy products, so vegans will want to look elsewhere. But if you really want to give veggies and meatless cooking a try, this is a great gourmand way to do so.
Who It’s For: The chef of the house, to experiment with on Meatless Mondays. The host or hostess, as a great thank you present. The foodie friend in your circle, as a perfect birthday choice.
What It Costs: List prices are $39-$48, but can be found for less online.
Where It’s At: Bookstores and online.
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