Pandan leaves meet pomegranate seeds, star anise meets sumac, and miso meets molasses in this collection of 120 new recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant. Read more...
Pandan leaves meet pomegranate seeds, star anise meets sumac, and miso meets molasses in this collection of 120 new recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant.
In collaboration with Nopi's head chef Ramael Scully, Yotam's journey from the Middle East to the Far East is one of big and bold flavors, with surprising twists along the way.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Londons NOPI (North of Picadilly) in Soho, the most formal of the Ottolenghi family of eateries, is the inspiration for this cookbook from the acclaimed chef/author. More than 100 chic plates for ambitious cooks expand Ottolenghis trademark fare. With head chef Ramael Scully, Ottolenghi (Jerusalem) presents NOPIs signature dishes, collaborations between two world cuisines: Scullys Malaysian-Australian roots combine with Ottolenghis Israeli-inspired palate to create bold, vibrant fare with Mediterranean/Asian twists. Garlicky lamb, marinated with rosemary and then grilled, combines with coconut milk and peanuts. There are beef brisket croquettes served with lime, snap peas, and Asian coleslaw. Seared quail in an oven-charred miso butterscotch paste is dressed with pomegranate walnut salsa. Recipes include starters, salads, sides; fish, meat, vegetables; brunches; and desserts. Cocktails, condiments, meal suggestions, and a key ingredient list from the NOPI pantry are also featured. Many detailed dishes involve multiple levels of preparation, with some marinades and garnishes requiring smoking or pickling. Ottolenghi offers tips to ease preparation, such as mise en place, proper recipe reading, equipment suggestions, and so-called alternative routes. Nevertheless, he sometimes faces difficulty translating labor-intensive restaurant dishes into something accessible for home cooks, and some of the more cumbersome recipes just may exceed their grasp. (Oct.)
Cooking: Gourmet gifts galore
If there’s a super-serious cook on your holiday gift list, NOPI: The Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully’s ode to their latest restaurant in London’s West End, should be your pick. Though this is restaurant food—complex dishes designed to be made by a team of pros—the recipes here have been somewhat simplified so that the courageous home cook can take on the challenge and serve up a reasonable facsimile of a NOPI creation. Just make sure your lucky giftee invites you over for Scallops with Corn and Merguez Salsa and Sorrel Sauce or Baked Blue Cheese Cake with Pickled Beets and Honey.
Curious cooks will be thrilled with J. Kenji López-Alt’s The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. An MIT-trained nerd with a passion for food (a ferd?), López-Alt believes that only by understanding the scientific principles that underlie what ingredients do when exposed to different techniques will you become a freer, more fluent cook. This may be serious food science, but with more than 300 recipes and 1,000 step-by-step photos seasoned with the author’s charm, wit and clear, patient explanations, it’s revelatory fun.
For lovers of la cucina Italiana, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine promises to serve up “everything you need to know to be a great Italian cook.” And matriarch Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and her daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, keep their word. With 400 recipes from appetizers to desserts, plus in-depth info on Italian ingredients and cooking techniques, this is her most comprehensive Italian cookbook yet and the book every Lidia fan should have.
Drawn to the more exotic? Yearning for crunchy, fragrant Fried Sesame Pork Tenderloin or lightly sauced Kung Pao Chicken as it’s served in Sichuan? Then Kian Lam Kho’s lusciously illustrated Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees is just right. He has organized the book by cooking methods, rather than by region or ingredient, giving you the gastronomic essentials you need to master these exquisitely varied Chinese dishes—for everyday meals or for more elaborate feasts.
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Hartwood is a trip—a glorious culinary adventure to the edge of the Yucatán jungle and the delicious edge of contemporary cuisine. Eric Werner and Mya Henry left their restaurant jobs in Manhattan to follow a dream that turned into a restaurant open to the tropical night, serving their unique take on dazzling, wood-fueled, Mexican-infused dishes. Beautifully photographed and compellingly written, Hartwood is their celebration of the “love project” they’ve created. You can make and savor these 88 recipes (almost all the ingredients are obtainable in the U.S.) or you can luxuriate in armchair cooking and dream along with Werner and Henry.