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OT­TOLENGHI AND SIM­PLE? For any­one won­der­ing, that is not a con­tra­dic­tion in terms! I know: I’ve seen the raised eye­brows, I’ve heard the jokes. Like the one about the reader who thought there was part of a recipe miss­ing as they al­ready had all the in­gre­di­ents needed in their cup­board. The rea­son I’m so ex­cited about my new book Ot­tolenghi Sim­ple is that it’s full of recipes that are still dis­tinctly Ot­tolenghi but are sim­ple in at least one (but very of­ten in more than one) way. THE BIG IDEA? Well, the point is that there are many ways to get a meal on the ta­ble and ev­ery­one has their own idea of what ‘sim­ple’ means. GOT IT! TELL US MORE For me, it’s about be­ing able to stop at my green­gro­cer on the way home, pick up some­thing that looks good and have a meal ready within 20 or 30 min­utes. My hus­band Karl, on the other hand, has a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ap­proach. If we’re hav­ing friends over, he’ll want to prep and get ahead so that very lit­tle needs to be done when our guests are around. LIGHTBULB MO­MENT So, build­ing on this idea, my team de­vised a sim­ple colour-coded sys­tem [see panel, right] to help you choose recipes, plan meals and make them with max­i­mum joy. Once you’ve fig­ured out what kind of cook you are – a ‘make ahead’ cook or a ‘short on time’ cook or a ‘what­ever I have in my cup­board’ cook, for ex­am­ple – then the whole process of get­ting food on the ta­ble is trans­formed. You sim­ply select dishes that fit your style and the oc­ca­sion. I like to say it’s a kitchen lib­er­a­tion!

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