Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

I love cookbooks.  They make me so happy.  I enjoy looking at them even more than I like cooking from them.  The beautiful pictures of seemingly exotic dishes and page long ingredient lists send me flying into my local nursery in search of herbs and seeds.  They inspire me to try new things and remind me to enjoy the art of cooking.  We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our day and find ourselves staring at the refrigerator or pantry wondering what we can scrounge up and call "dinner".  The thing is...cooking is an art, and food is beautiful.  We need to be reminded of that every once in a while and my latest cookbook obsession does the trick!  Plenty, written by Yotam Ottolenghi, is a work of art in itself.  I was strolling through Anthropologie when the tantalizing cover caught my eye.  That's saying a lot since it was sitting on a shelf full of things I could hardly resist.  See what I mean:

That peacock blue pitcher and owl cookie jar WILL someday be mine!

My quest to eat right for my type has me eating very vegetarian-y so it's nice to have a book that presents recipes for dishes that allow me to basically leave meat in the dust.  The dish I made and photographed above is Warm Glass Noodles and Edamame.  I have made it twice now and find myself thinking about it, craving it.  It is great served warm or at room temperature which makes it a fantastic choice to take to a party.  

Eat your heart out people!

Outside Lisa

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