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This book is extremely helpful as it informs you of the pan sizes that are used for each recipe and what the measurements actually mean. For a novice desert/sweet cook as myself, I made the banana chocolate ripple cheesecake with no issues. The book is easy to follow and I am looking forward to cooking other recipes from this book. I highly recommend this lovely book to anyone who loves to create yummy treats. Jenni
I love yotams approach to kitchen play as with so many of his creations this book follows similar pattern. Kitchen is not just for cooking it’s for playing. As Morticia Adams said “ play with your food”. In his recipes he brings in the fun of creating. I cannot say that all the recipes are 5 *️⃣, actually some ( and I already made few) are too rich or not my best, but they inspire me to use my own twist on them, and that’s what i love about these recipes that it is a type “ wonderland game play” and the book have just opened the door.
I must admit upfront that I was biased before I opened this book as Yotam Ottolenghi’s books are my favourites on my rather extensive cookbook shelves. And I was not disappointed! As he says in the introduction: these recipes are “conceived with love and a bit of flair and made with real ingredients and lots of attention to detail” A perfect description! As with previous Yotam Ottolenghi recipe books, the book is beautifully presented. Superb photographs and clear instructions, with details of timing, storage details and useful hints. I also like the clear quantities given – so for example, ½ small banana = 50 g mashed. There are so many interesting and exciting recipes to try. But also those that give pizazz to well known favourites. For example the Custard Yo-Yos – with roasted rhubarb icing. Absolutely gorgeous to look at and superb tasting. Also Banana Cakes - with rum caramel. What a delight! Other little details such as how to make the Chocolate Chip Cookies crispy or chewy are what set this book apart from so many other baking books I have. So top marks to Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh for providing a wonderful selection of recipes and to the publishers for presenting a most glorious, readable and beautiful book.
I buy many cookery books, most I buy, read, cook from for a few weeks/months and then they make their way to the bookshelf graveyard. There are however a select few that I return to again and again and always will. The first Ottolenghi cookbook is one such book, Sweet will also be another. So many accessible recipes that are a little off the well trodden path of classics but ones that will no doubt replace them and become the new favourites. Well laid out, clear explanations, content rich and heavy, a complete must for any home cook.
Brilliant book. Everything looks great and of the many recipes I've tried I've discovered all are achievable. The flavour combinations are really interesting such as the middle eastern millionaire's shortbread or the gingerbread with brandy apples and crème fraîche and the recipes work! Although I have all the Ottolenghi cookbooks I tended to stear away from the sweet things and concentrated on the savoury dishes. I only really got into baking etc with the Honey and Co cookbooks which always turn out and are delicious. (Sarit Packer once worked at Ottolenghi) This book, I would say is comparable to those. I wouldn't be without it now and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
As exciting, inspiring, and delicious as I'd imagined and hoped for. Since its arrival, I've baked a handful of recipes in this book now for friends and family, and all the imagery, stories, flavours have been such a joy. Plus, the Baker's Tips & Notes index at the back is an appreciated addition (e.g. Eggs: "The more eggs you have in a cake batter, the closer eye you need to keep on it towards the end of baking: a relatively large number of eggs means that a cake can go from being a little bit liquid in the middle to being cooked in just a few minutes."). A baking book that achieves to surprise and delight, yet doesn't call for obscure or exotic ingredients that can't be sourced here in UK. Wonderful! Thank you!
I love this book. I was a little worried that the recipes would be beyond me ...... or need ingredients which wouldn't be available in the little market town where I live. I was wrong on both counts. It's well written, clear and has beautiful photos, making me want to attempt all of the recipes.
The book definitely has kitchen cred! Beautiful to look at on display in the kitchen but everything is absolutely do-able in it. Definitely a good buy and it would make a lovely gift too.
This is the book I want to be buried with (in a non creepy way)! I love Ottolenghi (and Sabrina Ghayour, Honey & Co) and I absolutely LOVE baking so this is my bible. Every recipe I have made from this book come out amazing. You just need to follow the very clear instructions and you can't go wrong. Love it so much I'm buying it for friends and family for Christmas.