Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

I saw a recommendation for Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi on Kelly’s blog (at I love reading recipes and trying them out, so I looked for the book at one of my local libraries. They had it and so I borrowed it. I was so pleased to browse through this book. The recipes all sound delicious. I haven’t had time to make any, as I’m very busy at the moment, but I have at least four or five that I would like to try. My husband looked at their houmous recipe, as he is very keen on finding out the best houmous recipe there is.

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Book alongside plenty of vegetables and fruits

This is a meat-free cookbook, but is not necessarily a vegetarian one. He mentions that, in some cases, there is Parmesan in the recipe. He said that vegetarians that cook would know how to adapt the recipes to make them vegetarian. I like that he made that clear from the start. I’ve read many of the recipes and I looked at all of them. They don’t sound complicated for someone who experiments with ingredients and flavours.

In his recipes he uses the kind of flavours I love, like cardamom, cumin, and orange blossom water, and lots of different kinds of vegetables. Because there aren’t any desserts in the book, I took pictures with the book surrounded by vegetables and fruits, as this is more appropriate. I’ve seen that he has a dessert book and I’m going to try some desserts as well, given the chance.

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

Details about the picture: These are some of the fruit and veggies I have in the fridge at this moment. It was only appropriate to use them as props for a cookbook based on fresh produce.
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: Ebury Press
Year it was published: 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Cookbook
Pages: 287

About the author: Yotam Assaf Ottolenghi is an Israeli-English chef, restaurant owner, and food writer. He is the co-owner of five delis and restaurants in London, as well as the author of several bestselling cookbooks, including Ottolenghi, Plenty, Plenty More, and Jerusalem.
Website & Social Media Links: ottolenghi

3 thoughts on “Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi”

  • I haven’t had a chance yet to look at the book, but glad to hear that there are easy recipes. In the past his recipes which appear regularly in the Guardian Weekend had long lists of exotic ingredients, and people used to joke about how many more ingredients he could squeeze into one recipe. Fun to read, not so easy to follow. I do like his style, he’s strong on flavour.

  • I’m glad you got a chance to take a look at this cookbook. (and thanks for the mention!) I have several recipes I want to try from it and there are some I know I can easily adapt to vegan without any trouble. I thought the photography throughout was gorgeous.

    My go-to basic hummus recipe is the one found at

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