Thursday 2 September 2010

Cookbook of the Month - September

If there's one thing a food lover can never have enough of (other than food), it's cookbooks. I could spend hours tucked away in a bookshop leafing through cookbooks, soaking up inspirational new recipes and sumptuous food photography.  It really is a very unique and enjoyable form of literature.. and there should be a term to describe describe it- henceforth I shall refer to this genre as 'Cooklit'!

And so it is with great pleasure that I announce a new feature on Diary of a Ladybird - Cookbook of the Month. At the start of each month I'll announce a feature cookbook. Then during the month, I'll tell you a little about the book and its author and I'll bring you some recipes from the book so that you can get a feel for sort of food that the book presents. If you have tried the book, or if there are certain recipes from the book you'd like me to showcase, I would love to hear from you :)

Without further ado, here is the first instalment of Cookbook of the Month. The selection September is...

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

[Text from back cover]
With his fabulous restaurants and bestselling Ottolenghi Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi has established himself as one of the most exciting new talents in the world of cookery and food writing. This exclusive collection of vegetarian recipes was inspired by his column 'The New Vegetarian' for the Guardian's Weekend magazine, and features both brand-new recipes and dishes first devised for that column.

Yotam's food inspiration comes from his strong Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on strong flavours and stunning, fresh combinations. With sections devoted to cooking greens, aubergines, brassicas, rice and cereals, pasta and couscous, pulses, tofu, roots, squashes, onions, fruit, mushrooms and tomatoes, the breadth of colours, tastes and textures is extraordinary.

Featuring vibrant, daring food photography, stunning design, and with Yotam's voice and personality shining through, Ottolenghi Vegetables is a must-have for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

Plenty was published in May 2010, much to the delight of Ottolenghi fans across the globe. Boasting 120 enticing recipes, this is a book to inspire.
There is plenty of Plenty to be had, and I can't wait to get started!
Stay tuned...
Ladybird x


  1. ooo what a great idea! Looking forward to watching this month :)
    I love cookbooks too, although I mostly use them for inspiration and switch around ingredients often.



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