Read Extra Good Things

Read Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things: Bold, Veget…

Just like Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love, Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things is all about bringing big flavor and flexibility to every meal, with pantry staples and freezer-friendly ingredients. This time, Yotam, Noor, and the rest of the test kitchen team bring you delicious recipes that’ll you love to cook on a weeknight, each with a special element that can be used to create endless Ottolenghi-inspired possibilties. These special elements are the makings of the most fantastic pantry to have at your fingertips–condiments with a little bit of funk or crunch, irresistible sauces, zippy dressings and drizzles, and more make-ahead items you’ll use over and over throughout the week, to elevate every meal with that little extra Ottolenghi touch.
These are recipes for playing it forward, Ottolenghi style–filling your cupboards with adaptable, homemade ingredients to add some oomph to every mealtime.

I find Ottolenghi recipes inspiring but often not actually something I want to cook. (Burnt lemon powder, anyone?) I was surprised to flag ten recipes to try in here.

The concept for this cookbook is intriguing: designed to feature the “extras” that elevate a dish. These are the area of cooking I’m most lacking in — a combination of laziness, not knowing what condiment to add, running out of time and energy to make things, and knowing it’s not worth the effort for two people because it’ll go to waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of the recipes say they last only five days — one even lasted only two!!! It’s just not worth my time at that point.

This book is designed well, with helpful pullout menus at the front and back of the book to help you find what to cook. I love the bold red and cyan pairing on the cover, which goes well with the *juuj* of the book. I haven’t made anything but the instructions did seem to be broken down well into steps. Each section started with a photo of all the “extras” you’d find, giving a clear look at it on its own rather than served with a dish (both helpful).

Lots of vegetarian dishes!

Recipe spread for one pot chickpeas with carrots and marinated feta

Recipe spread for side of greens with crispy garlic

Recipe spread for sunshine salad with carrot ginger dressing

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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