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Have you ever wondered what to do for dinner? Confused about how to put together the ingredients you already have on hand? Ottolenghi test kitchen is ready to step in and help you with “Bookshelf love” by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi.

The New York Times bestselling author and his team of chefs are ready to help home cooks learn how to properly organize their pantry and what they can use to make dinner parties using “Stiffening on the shelves” – aka, using those ingredients that have been lying around for too long.

The book teaches home cooks how to prepare hummus the right way, whether using dried or canned chickpeas and what to serve with it, as well as how to make pita at home from scratch – that’s possible! It also guides cooks through their crisper – what to use and when. If you don’t have carrots on hand, you can substitute them with sweet potatoes or butternut squash. The tips at the bottom of each recipe for customizing it are really helpful, as they provide swapping ideas if an ingredient is nowhere to be found or if someone in your family doesn’t like it (cilantro can be polarizing). is also a chapter on one-pan cooking – really only one container as it can also be dishes, leaves etc. Bake spicy pulled pork vindaloo in a Dutch oven. Try the Za’atar salmon and tahini in a skillet. Plums and sticky sweet and sour sausages can all be made in one plate. Another helpful chapter is about using your freezer for things other than donuts or fries (or is it just me?). a dip and serve with pitas. Prepare frozen fish fillets (no way we’re having them fresh here) with buckwheat breaded fish with tum and pickled peppers. And no cookbook is complete without a chapter on desserts. This one’s got you covered with recipes like carrot cake sandwich cookies and chocoflan.

It would be a perfect gift for the young cooks in your life who want to learn how to get the most out of their groceries while eating things that taste great.

“Ottolenghi’s test kitchen: the love of the shelf” is published by Clarkson Potter. It’s $ 32.

Amy Phelps can be contacted at [email protected].

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