Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things

Clarkson Potter. Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780593234389. pap. $32. COOKING
Iconic chef and restaurateur Ottolenghi continues to set culinary trends in his second cookbook collaboration with Murad, after the 2021 publication of Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love. Readers can expect creative new takes on Ottolenghi’s vegetable forward recipes, with a focus on sauces, condiments, dressings, and salsas that bring extra flavor to each dish. Each chapter focuses on a particular sauce or condiment, including homemade hot sauce, preserved lemons, pickled onions, and fresh chile sauce. Recipes range from the weeknight-friendly (a dressed-up pre-made rotisserie chicken with spices and blue cheese dressing) to the party-ready (asparagus cannelloni with yogurt béchamel). The dessert chapter features scrumptious variations on basic pastry techniques and recipes. Most recipes are vegetarian (and many can be made vegan), but meat, chicken, and seafood are also featured. Many home cooks, unless they are highly proficient in the kitchen, will find that most of the recipes take longer than indicated by the suggested prep times.
VERDICT Long-standing Ottolenghi fans will find plenty of new favorites, while the title also serves as an accessible introduction for newcomers to his style and methods. Highly recommended for library collections.
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