Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love: Recipes to Unlock the Secrets of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer

Clarkson Potter. Oct. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780593234365. $32. COOKING
The latest cookbook from Bahraini chef Murad and Israeli British chef Ottolenghi is inspired in part by the culinary challenges many people experienced in 2020, while trying to feed themselves and their families during protracted lockdowns and supply chain interruptions. The book guides home cooks in utilizing pantry and freezer staples to create comforting food with global flavors. There is a playful tone throughout, and Noor and Ottolenghi encourage readers to invent their own riffs on recipes, using the suggested ingredient swaps and substitutions as a starting point. Ottolenghi is known for his innovative vegetable recipes, and the vegetable chapter here is a highlight, with plenty of creative dishes, including sweet potato shakshuka, green herb dumplings, and roasted pepper salad. There are also a number of one-pan dinners (including baked pastas and roasted meats), savory pies, and a small selection of dessert recipes (cookies, cakes, fruit confections). Many recipes are already vegetarian; wherever possible, other recipes include vegetarian or vegan ingredient swaps.
VERDICT An ideal introduction to Ottolenghi’s culinary efforts; home cooks are guaranteed to discover several new go-to recipes for casual snacking, entertaining, and weeknight dinners.
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