by Yotam Ottolenghi
Simple (2018) is a wonderful cookbook. Who would have thought you could get so excited by Brussels sprouts that you’d want to eat them week after week? The book promises “pared-back brilliance,” Simple standing for Short on time, Ingredients: 10 or fewer, Make ahead, Pantry, Lazy, Easier than you think. This is still Ottolenghi though and, as one friend has pointed out, Simpler would perhaps be a more accurate title. Recipes that work well include: hot charred cherry tomatoes with cold yoghurt; pumpkin, saffron and orange soup; mustardy cauliflower cheese; sweet potato chips; anchovy and samphire spaghetti and chicken Marbella.