Non-fiction – Plenty : Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi


Ottolengui, Yotam. 2011. Plenty : Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi. San Francisco : Chronicle Books.

What this cooking book is about :

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most exciting new talents in the cooking world, with four fabulous, eponymous London restaurants and a weekly newspaper column that’s read by foodies all over the world. Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables. Yotam’s food inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London. A vibrant photo accompanies every recipe in this visually stunning book. Essential for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!People in Business


We read so much serious stuff during the school year that I thought of presenting something different. It’s not a book for teachers and it’s not a book for students. It’s a book for you – if you enjoy cooking of course !

I have always considered cooking books to be « real » books. I bring them to bed and read them with great interest. I love what the chefs say, which ingredients they use, what pans they use and  what their favourite tricks and tips are.  This one is one of my favourites ! It has changed the way I prepare food. I use much fresher ingredients and when you try an Ottolenghi your guests will be coming for more.

On a pedagogical note, recipes are a great text-type to explore with students. Study words related to quantities (ml, lb, kg, tsp…). Ask students to translate recipes, ask them to invent recipes or to bring their favourite recipes to class to make a class recipe book !

Hope you have a great summer trying these recipes. If you don’t want to buy the book, his web sites has lots of his recipes too.

– Tanja Vaillancourt, Pedagogical Consultant

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