Recipes from Plenty--Good, Uncomplicated Food

Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi

So what if filet mignon and foie gras are no longer on the menu? Diana Henry revives the lost art of home economics-making the most of what you have-combining it with today’s desire for a sustainable table to show modern cooks that there is “plenty” of food for us to eat and enjoy without depleting our bank accounts and the planet’s resources.

This cook’s tour of recipes from around the globe is all about the great food you can make without spending a ton of money. With what’s left from a simple Roast Chicken, make a fabulous Greek Chicken, Pumpkin, Feta & Filo Pie. Turn a bumper crop of tomatoes and basil into a satisfying Tomato & Pesto Tart. Thanks to a special section on less expensive cuts of meat, you’ll soon be creating new family favorites from lamb shoulder, pork belly, skirt steak, and the like.

Wine-soaked autumn pudding in a white bowl with wine dripping down the side topped with a white plate and a bottle of whiskey.

Wine-Soaked Autumn Pudding

An autumnal take on the classic British summer pudding, melding booze and berries and apples and plums to really quite a lovely effect.

A white bowl filled with lentil soup and topped with fried chiles, greek yogurt, and cilantro

Moroccan Lentil Soup

“Amazing.” “Wonderful.” “Warm satisfaction.” “Won the make-it-again award.” “Easy.” “Quick.” That’s what we’re hearing about this luxuriously satiating soup.

A canning jar filled with cherry liqueur and whole cherries, with a pot of liqueur and many cherry stones beside it.

Homemade Cherry Liqueur

The only real trick to this stiff summery sensation is resisting the temptation to snitch a swig before it’s time.

Vegetable tempura of zucchini, beets, carrots, squash on a paper towel on a plate

Seasonal Vegetable Tempura

We could stare at this staggeringly stunning tempura all day—and eat it all night. Talk about a nifty tactic to get us to eat our veggies.

Black bowl of green gazpacho, with two ice cubes, drizzle of olive oil

Green Gazpacho

Though this cool, creamy, don’t-turn-on-the-stove soup is hardly penance, it certainly makes amends for all those burgers and brats. Summer detox, anyone?