tirsdag den 3. november 2009

More agony for my cookbook shelf

Damn you, Amazon. You always know when I feel the need for new additions to my already bursting collection of cookbooks. I know it's all auto generated from a no-reply email, but it works. And so I did as ordered... and ordered.

First up a book which has been in my shopping bag for quite a while. I fell for it because of the customer reviews which seemed proof that people actually cook from this book. If you think about it, how many of the recipes from a cookbook do you actually cook? Probably not a whole lot. Which is weird, because this is what your cookbooks are here for. But with the Ottolenghi cookbook things seem to be different. And flipping through the glossy 288 pages I can see why. This is real food. This is food with flavour, ideas and simple ingredients. Admitted, it's not four-ingredient-food, but it's not go-to-fifteen-specality-stores-and-f***-up-your-visa-card either.

There a three chapters; Vegetables, pulses and grains, Meat and fish and Baking and patisserie. Especially the first part is filled with delicious looking dishes. I've already decided on a few things I have to try:
# French bean and mangetout with hazelnut and orange
# Cauliflower and cumin fritters with lime yoghurt
# Peaches and speck with orange blossom

When you hit the sweet department of the book - get ready to drool. These have already tickled my teastebuds:
# Pistachio shortbreads
# Caramel and macadamia cheesecake
# Cinnamon and hazelnut meringue
+ there's even recipes for you to master the classic Ladurée macaroons. Hmm... maybe I should invite some of the ladies for afternoon tea soon?

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