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From the New York Times bestselling author and his superteam of chefs, this is Ottolenghi unplugged: 85+ irresistible recipes for flexible, everyday home cooking that unlock the secrets of your pantry, fridge, and freezer Led by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad, the revered team of chefs at the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen gives everyday home cooks the accessible yet innovative M From the New York Times bestselling author and his superteam of chefs, this is Ottolenghi unplugged: 85+ irresistible recipes for flexible, everyday home cooking that unlock the secrets of your pantry, fridge, and freezer Led by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad, the revered team of chefs at the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen gives everyday home cooks the accessible yet innovative Middle Eastern-inspired recipes they need to put dinner on the table with less stress and less fuss in a convenient, flexibound package. With fit-for-real-life chapters like "The Freezer Is Your Friend," "That One Shelf in the Back of Your Pantry," and "Who Does the Dishes?" (a.k.a. One-Pot Meals), Shelf Love teaches readers how to flex with fewer ingredients, get creative with their pantry staples, and add playful twists to familiar classics. All the signature Ottolenghi touches fans love are here--big flavors, veggie-forward appeal, diverse influences--but are distilled to maximize ease and creative versatility. These dishes pack all the punch and edge you expect from Ottolenghi, using what you've got to hand--that last can of chickpeas or bag of frozen peas--without extra trips to the grocery store. Humble ingredients and crowd-pleasing recipes abound, including All-the-Herbs Dumplings with Caramelized Onions, Mac and Cheese with Za'atar Pesto, Cacio e Pepe Chickpeas, and Crispy Spaghetti and Chicken. With accessible recipe features like MIYO (Make It Your Own) that encourage ingredient swaps and a whimsical, lighthearted spirit, the fresh voices of the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen will deliver kitchen confidence and joyful inspiration to new and old fans alike.


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From the New York Times bestselling author and his superteam of chefs, this is Ottolenghi unplugged: 85+ irresistible recipes for flexible, everyday home cooking that unlock the secrets of your pantry, fridge, and freezer Led by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad, the revered team of chefs at the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen gives everyday home cooks the accessible yet innovative M From the New York Times bestselling author and his superteam of chefs, this is Ottolenghi unplugged: 85+ irresistible recipes for flexible, everyday home cooking that unlock the secrets of your pantry, fridge, and freezer Led by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad, the revered team of chefs at the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen gives everyday home cooks the accessible yet innovative Middle Eastern-inspired recipes they need to put dinner on the table with less stress and less fuss in a convenient, flexibound package. With fit-for-real-life chapters like "The Freezer Is Your Friend," "That One Shelf in the Back of Your Pantry," and "Who Does the Dishes?" (a.k.a. One-Pot Meals), Shelf Love teaches readers how to flex with fewer ingredients, get creative with their pantry staples, and add playful twists to familiar classics. All the signature Ottolenghi touches fans love are here--big flavors, veggie-forward appeal, diverse influences--but are distilled to maximize ease and creative versatility. These dishes pack all the punch and edge you expect from Ottolenghi, using what you've got to hand--that last can of chickpeas or bag of frozen peas--without extra trips to the grocery store. Humble ingredients and crowd-pleasing recipes abound, including All-the-Herbs Dumplings with Caramelized Onions, Mac and Cheese with Za'atar Pesto, Cacio e Pepe Chickpeas, and Crispy Spaghetti and Chicken. With accessible recipe features like MIYO (Make It Your Own) that encourage ingredient swaps and a whimsical, lighthearted spirit, the fresh voices of the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen will deliver kitchen confidence and joyful inspiration to new and old fans alike.

30 review for Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love: Recipes to Unlock the Secrets of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Newton

    This is my first Ottolenghi cookbook and the book is amazing. I have tried around 5 recipes and my family loves it. I can't believe that I didn't want to pick up an Ottolenghi cookbook in the past. I think this cook book is less intimidating and any beginner can start on the recipes by turning to any page. This is my first Ottolenghi cookbook and the book is amazing. I have tried around 5 recipes and my family loves it. I can't believe that I didn't want to pick up an Ottolenghi cookbook in the past. I think this cook book is less intimidating and any beginner can start on the recipes by turning to any page.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Fans of Ottolenghi will delight in this new book. The first in a series, Shelf Love is a result of 2020 when it was suddenly necessary to turn to ingredients that one had on hand in the pantry or freezer. Recipes are largely vegetarian but there are also a few meat dishes. Many recipes are gluten-free or can be easily adapted; however, I think it would be difficult to adjust the majority of the recipes to be grain-free if that is what you are after. Recipes all have what I consider the trademark Fans of Ottolenghi will delight in this new book. The first in a series, Shelf Love is a result of 2020 when it was suddenly necessary to turn to ingredients that one had on hand in the pantry or freezer. Recipes are largely vegetarian but there are also a few meat dishes. Many recipes are gluten-free or can be easily adapted; however, I think it would be difficult to adjust the majority of the recipes to be grain-free if that is what you are after. Recipes all have what I consider the trademark Ottlenghi spiciness and Middle Eastern feel. Each recipe has a photo and lists prep time, cook time, and other times such as soaking, setting, and resting. Many recipes also include substitutions to help tailor recipes to your tastes. There are dips, breads, noodles and grains, vegetables, meats, one-pan dishes, and desserts. A few dishes I enjoyed were mashed eggplant and peas, chickpea Cacio e Pepe, and some unique twists on chicken noodle soup and Mac and Cheese. There is a helpful index that breaks recipes down into those that can be made vegan, are kid-friendly, or can be made in under an hour. There are not many recipes that can be made in under an hour and truthfully I didn't find any when I realized that the under an hour times only accounted for cook time and not prep, stopping to read and reread the recipe, or anything additional. As with all Ottolenghi recipes, I find that the dishes included in this book are much more involved and elaborate than an average home meal. That said, they are less elaborate and time-consuming than recipes I have tried from his previous books. If you are new to Ottolenghi, I think this is a great book to start with and if you already know and love Ottolenghi, then you will almost certainly enjoy this. In my opinion, this is his best book so far and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with in the next test kitchen installment. Disclosure: I received a free copy form Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shahedah

    I feel compelled to start this 5 star review with a caveat: I am not an Ottolenghi obsessive. I was a young’un working in a bookstore many years ago when his second book, Plenty, was released. By that stage Ottolenghi had already gained somewhat legendary status, and so the constant customer queries about Plenty had me intrigued. I picked it up over and over again, wanting to fall in love and feel the urge to buy the book so I could be part of the cult, but I never did. I tried again with Simple. I feel compelled to start this 5 star review with a caveat: I am not an Ottolenghi obsessive. I was a young’un working in a bookstore many years ago when his second book, Plenty, was released. By that stage Ottolenghi had already gained somewhat legendary status, and so the constant customer queries about Plenty had me intrigued. I picked it up over and over again, wanting to fall in love and feel the urge to buy the book so I could be part of the cult, but I never did. I tried again with Simple. It seemed to be so much more in line with my way of cooking, but with the trademark Ottolenghi flavour profiles. And yet… OTK Shelf Love, however, proves that Ottolenghi has changed. If you’re thinking about buying the book (which is why you’re likely reading this review), you should know a few things: 1. the book is a small, flexibound format
2. don’t worry, there is still at least one (but usually several) photo of every recipe
3. the book will not fit in with your other Ottolenghi books
4. because it’s not meant to. Read my full review at: http://foodiarist.com/2021/10/04/revi...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nelly Santanna

    Pas mon livre préféré malgré l'apparente simplicité des recettes. Pas mon livre préféré malgré l'apparente simplicité des recettes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katrin

    It’s so good!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I'm rating this without having cooked any of the recipes, which I try not to do with cookbooks. However, I felt a bit misled by this being pitched as a pantry cookbook. I suppose I expected recipes that could be thrown together, and not so much handmade noodles and hours-long effort. I feel like it just didn't come together, unless you have a very extensive pantry and a lot of time on your hands. I'm rating this without having cooked any of the recipes, which I try not to do with cookbooks. However, I felt a bit misled by this being pitched as a pantry cookbook. I suppose I expected recipes that could be thrown together, and not so much handmade noodles and hours-long effort. I feel like it just didn't come together, unless you have a very extensive pantry and a lot of time on your hands.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    "Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love: Recipes to Unlock the Secrets of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer: A Cookbook", by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi, was born of necessity from the challenges of cooking during the food shortages and uncertainties of a global pandemic. Nurtured with love, and strengthened and supported by the "skills and solutions" of the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team, this collection of 85 Middle Eastern-inspired recipes, cooking insights, and kitchen wisdom will elevate humb "Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love: Recipes to Unlock the Secrets of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer: A Cookbook", by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi, was born of necessity from the challenges of cooking during the food shortages and uncertainties of a global pandemic. Nurtured with love, and strengthened and supported by the "skills and solutions" of the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team, this collection of 85 Middle Eastern-inspired recipes, cooking insights, and kitchen wisdom will elevate humble ingredients into memorable meals prepared with comforting ease. Beginning with basics such as hummus and pita bread, you will also find sections featuring legumes and grains, vegetables, meat, seafood, and dairy, nuts and seeds, vegan fare, and veggie and non-veggie mains. The desserts are tempting and varied. Beautiful color photos showing cooking techniques and finished dishes are interspersed with cooking tips and helpful hints. The three recipes I tried: "Cheesy Polenta and Tomato Sauce"--familiar, favorite flavors combined for a satisfying veggie main (can also be served as a side dish); "One-Pan Crispy Spaghetti and Chicken"--everyone loved this dish; and "Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies"--packed with all the good stuff you want in a cookie, and then sandwiched together with an indulgent cream cheese filling. The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team obviously had a lot of fun putting together this cookbook, and you will have just much fun reading the book and cooking up some wonderful food. Disclosure: "I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terry94705

    Even though I have a huge cookbook collection, the internet sites that have real reader feedback have spoiled me for cookbooks. Yes, there’s a lot of beautiful tried-and-true recipes in my cookbooks, but when I try something new or challenging I really want to be sure it’s not a dud. A surprising number of published recipes have errors or dopey instructions. This OTK book encourages innovation, but there are several “iffy” looking recipes that made me wish for reader feedback—even though this is Even though I have a huge cookbook collection, the internet sites that have real reader feedback have spoiled me for cookbooks. Yes, there’s a lot of beautiful tried-and-true recipes in my cookbooks, but when I try something new or challenging I really want to be sure it’s not a dud. A surprising number of published recipes have errors or dopey instructions. This OTK book encourages innovation, but there are several “iffy” looking recipes that made me wish for reader feedback—even though this is a test kitchen. As a beginner cook I once made a New Years stew published as such in a major newspaper. It called for 2 tablespoons of black pepper. The “correction” published a week later in that newspaper was too late. I had already ruined the new year for myself and my guests. On the internet a wiser cook would have alerted readers to the error right away.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It would have been an awesome book to have over lockdown. As that's over there are some recipes in this book that I'll never get round to being bothered to make. But then it wouldn't be an Ottolenghi cookbook without at least a couple of those. There are, on the other hand, a lot of recipes that I'm really looking forward to trying out. I particularly liked the pantry ingredients section, and the encouragement to riff on the recipes - which as a person with a lot of allergies I have to do anyway. It would have been an awesome book to have over lockdown. As that's over there are some recipes in this book that I'll never get round to being bothered to make. But then it wouldn't be an Ottolenghi cookbook without at least a couple of those. There are, on the other hand, a lot of recipes that I'm really looking forward to trying out. I particularly liked the pantry ingredients section, and the encouragement to riff on the recipes - which as a person with a lot of allergies I have to do anyway.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara Brockunier

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Beautifully written and photographed book by a chef whose books I have loved in the past. This book not so much ... the recipes require lots of time to make and while it is meant to use items in your pantry ... they are not items that I normally do not have have. I was wishing that it would inspire me but unfortunately it did not. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review. Beautifully written and photographed book by a chef whose books I have loved in the past. This book not so much ... the recipes require lots of time to make and while it is meant to use items in your pantry ... they are not items that I normally do not have have. I was wishing that it would inspire me but unfortunately it did not. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Goodreads Giveaway Another fun and insightful recipe book to add to my evergrowing shelf. I cannot wait to try some of these recipes out for myaelf and my family. P.S. I absolutely love that it comes with an attached bookmark so that I know which recipe I want to try next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    Small but lovely.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elisabet Van

    Er is weer toekomst voor al mijn veel eerder gehamsterde conserven!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    More practical than most Ottolenghi books but not quite as pretty to look at.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Such a beautiful book...Can't wait to taste some of the goodies!! I especially love that the recipes use items found in my pantry. Such a beautiful book...Can't wait to taste some of the goodies!! I especially love that the recipes use items found in my pantry.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Want to try Ixta's Biang Biang Noodles, Baked Orzo Puttanesca, and the Beyond Potato Salad recipes. Want to try Ixta's Biang Biang Noodles, Baked Orzo Puttanesca, and the Beyond Potato Salad recipes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clare

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah K

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Nabih

  23. 4 out of 5

    Olivia White

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tara

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gertie Ju

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Foster

  29. 5 out of 5

    T

  30. 4 out of 5

    cindy

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