Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Shelf Love
The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen includes Yotam Ottolenghi, the seven-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author; Noor Murad, crowned the queen of Middle Eastern feasts; Verena Lochmuller, the human search engine to every baking question; Tara Wigley, the in-house word wizard; Chaya Pugh, who adds heaped spoonfuls of spicy personality to the brew; and Gitai Fisher, the man who keeps everyone in check while making sure they stay out of trouble.
To build up this book we have broken down our kitchens: pulling ingredients apart only to put them back together again—cohesive dishes based on kitchen finds. A bag of dried chickpeas, repurposed. A pound of onions, cooked down. Some wonky-looking vegetables, grilled. There is a “this for that” ethos here; the understanding that, in this new world, the need to improvise, to roll with the punches, is more crucial than ever before.
We carry this ethos throughout the book, as we map out our recipes based on kitchen logistics: from fridge to pantry to one-dish bakes and sweet, sweet endings. It’s food that we’d cook at home, for our friends and families, comforting but with a slight edge, a little twist, a “cheffy” addition. They’re recipes with stories and personalities, with swap-outs and suggestions, recipes that say without saying, “I’ll show you the rules, but here’s how to break them.” We want you to take these recipes and make them your own, turning this cookbook into a handbook—one to write and scribble on, to stain with turmeric and fold down pages. We want this book to be that book, the most haggard-looking book on your shelves, indicating that it serves its purpose and then some. We want, more than anything, for you to show this book some love. Shelf Love.