• Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za’atar and Lemon by Ottolenghi
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    Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za’atar and Lemon by Ottolenghi

    I recently went on a tour of Newtown with some lovely bloggers and was asked how many cookbooks I actually owned. Well, I never really counted them, but I think its safe to say that I have around 200. I regret purchasing quite a few of them, they are usually the ones that are generically strung together by book publishers to raise revenue. Most of the time I only end up buying the junk because I’ve had a bad day and needed something new to cheer me up or there was one lone recipe that looked very enticing. Needless to say I don’t really cook from them. I am often pulled towards cookbooks written by one or two people that are driven by their love for food. It isn’t just…

  • Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt by Ottolenghi
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    Roasted Eggplant with Saffron Yoghurt by Ottolenghi

    “Oh my goodness. You have so many cookbooks. Do you cook from them all?” This is the question asked by most people who are perplexed by the size of my collection. In fact the IKEA shelf that I purchased specifically to house them is now full and there are books overflowing onto the floor. Most of the books that end up on the floor are far too obese for the lean wooden shelves (Ripailles – yes, I am talking about you). Quite often I purchase a cookbook for its potential. This is the possibility of creating something that will satisfy my greedy appetite. If I only get one ‘great recipe’ out of a cookbook, then I consider it worth its value, at the very least. I…

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