by Yotam Ottolenghi


You would be hard pressed to find a recipe you don’t want to cook in this wonderful collection of recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Guardian Weekend column. Prompted by readers "fed up with collecting little bits of torn paper", the recipes have been assembled here under chapters led by each vegetable - from “funny onions” (think Leek Fritters and Stuffed Onions) to “leaves cooked and raw”. Delicious.

from the publisher

With his fabulous restaurants and bestselling Ottolenghi Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi has established himself as one of the most exciting talents in the world of cookery and food writing. This exclusive collection of vegetarian recipes is drawn from his column 'The New Vegetarian' for the Guardian's Weekend magazine, and features both brand-new recipes and dishes first devised for that column.

Yotam's food inspiration comes from his strong Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on strong flavours and stunning, fresh combinations. With sections devoted to cooking greens, aubergines, brassicas, rice and cereals, pasta and couscous, pulses, roots, squashes, onions, fruit, mushrooms and tomatoes, the breadth of colours, tastes and textures is extraordinary.

Featuring vibrant, evocative food photography from acclaimed photographer Jonathan Lovekin, and with Yotam's voice and personality shining through, Plenty is a must-have for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

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Jill Dupleix

Food writer

Certain cookbooks in my six metres of shelves are positively maimed with a great number of sticky post-it notes – and Yotam Ottolenghi’s books are the most stickered. You. Just. Want. To. Cook. Everything. Green couscous; avocado, quinoa and broad bean salad; beetroot, orange and black olive salad; baked eggs with yoghurt and chilli. Sensible, logical, vegetable-driven recipes, beautifully and generously explained in a warm, inclusive voice, nothing pretentious or manipulative, leading to stunningly successful results by every level of home cook. So many people I know have surprised themselves – and changed the way they cook – by cooking Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes. That has to be a measure of great success.

Sarah Hodge

Food writer and cookbook reviewer

Although I’m a longtime fan of Israeli cuisine, “Plenty” injected new life into my vegetarian kitchen. Combining traditional Israeli / Middle Eastern ingredients (tahini, silan, pomegranate seeds and molasses) with classic European and Asian dishes (risotto, frittata, polenta, soba and glass noodles), Yotam’s dishes revitalized my previously boring, predictable dinner menus. Prep is for the most part simple, with a mere handful of ingredients combining to create memorable dishes that you’ll want to make again and again. Personal favorites include the eggplant with buttermilk sauce, crusted pumpkin wedges with sour cream, and lemon and goat cheese ravioli.

Nina Caplan

Wine and food writer

I love salads and vegetables of all kinds: the belief that a meal isn’t really generous unless it features vast amounts of meat or fish seems to me a hangover from an era when it was a rare treat for ordinary people to get their hands on good protein. Restaurateur-food writer Ottolenghi doesn’t discriminate against any plant or cereal, to say nothing of the spices, herbs and other accompaniments that best enliven them – perhaps because he was born in Israel and grew up with the tastes of the Mediterranean. So this book of meat-free salads and other veg-centric dishes is as thumbed and stained as any cookbook I own.

Michele Cranston

Food stylist and magazine food editor

It may be called Plenty, but this is a book that makes you hungry, hungry, hungry. There isn't a page or a recipe that doesn't make you want to shout out about the wonders of vegetables, grains and spices. It also makes me want to give the Ottolenghi team the biggest hug for combining such brilliant assemblages of flavour, colour and texture and for reminding us that food can be humble and exceptional at the same time.

Caroline Eden

Food and travel writer

Sellotaped many times over, the spine of this book has collapsed and post-it notes stick out of most pages. If sheer use is the measure of a good cookery book then this one wins in my kitchen, by some margin. I really first discovered the importance of good seasonal ingredients –not to mention the wonder of hummus and shakshuka - in Israel in my 20s and I loved watching the rise of Ottolenghi back in London.

Lee Watson

Blogger of The Beach House Kitchen

His food is so stylish and bursting with wonderful, bold flavour combinations. Always creative and super fresh. I like the way he brings his own character to a strong food heritage and strikes a balance between the two. Food from the Middle East is some of my favourite, with many recipes traditionally vegan. After all, it is the home of hummus!!

Saasha Celestial-One

Founder, Olio food sharing app

Ottolenghi is the master and this is one of my all time favourites. This is a vegetarian book, with an Israeli/ Middle Eastern influence, that will sway the most hardened carnivore. Ottolenghi works his magic with vegetables, grains and spices and he consistently delivers combinations that are interesting, bold and innovative.

Sejal Sukhadwala

Food writer

This book was a game-changer; it revolutionised vegetarianism in Britain. The way in which meat-free dishes were perceived, cooked and eaten was transformed as a result of Ottolenghi’s Guardian recipes (collected in this book). British dinner parties were never the same again.

Susan Burdian


It's just vegetables.. next-level vegetables. Plenty has been said about the genius of Plenty, and all of it true. Yotam Ottolenghi has inspired millions of us to look at vegetables with fresh eyes. He has moved the ball forward.

Ann Yonetani

Founder and owner of NYrture Food

So gorgeous, I want to eat the book itself. I love the huge range of vegetarian dishes in here, encouraging me to use and combine new plant-based ingredients in such delicious ways.

Chawadee Nualkhair

Food writer

Although I have quite a few of his books, I always go back to this one. When I first got it, it really opened my eyes to what vegetarian food could be. I love all of the recipes.

Alison Lea-Wilson

Sea salt producer

This was given to me by a friend who came to stay and was an absolute revelation into new tastes and combinations as well as being a delight to look at and handle.

Beth Lee


Though some recipes have long ingredient lists, every picture and description makes you salivate and want to eat every vegetable you can find at the market.

William Drew

Group Editor, The World's 50 Best Restaurants

Vibrant and highly original, you can't under-estimate Ottoglenghi's positive impact in terms of widening the public's culinary horizons

Felicity Spector

Chief writer Channel 4 News

Again, hard to choose just one, but the sheer abundance of glorious vegetable dishes makes this impossible to resist.

Kate Gibbs

Journalist and author

Ottolenghi reminds us how vegetables can make the meal, and reignited an interest in Middle Eastern food.

Tim Spector

Scientist, physician, author & amateur cook

The master of diversity in ingredients and flavours in cooking –It got me interested in vegetables

Denis Cotter

Founder and executive chef of Cafe Paradiso and author

Makes it look so easy to make delicious and beautiful food, the ultimate purpose of any cookbook.

Claire Clark

Pastry chef

Fresh, flavourful and want to cook food. mouthwatering recipes. I adore cooking from this book.

Lilian (Chinese Grandma)

Blogger, Chinese Grandma

Creative, modern vegetable cooking...Ottolenghi is the man of the hour.

Sarah Tuck

Food and travel writer, photographer and stylist

Incredible flavours and textures, simple fabulous, clever food.

Andreas Viestad

Norwegian TV Chef

Ottolenghi made me look at greens anew. Truly inspirational.

Fiona Burrell

Founder, Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

A great book with wonderful flavours contained within!

Joel Serra Bevin


Making vegetables the star of the plate.

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Blogger at The Worktop

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Food photographer

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Food writer

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Food waste activist

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