One of the most important qualities of a great lunch is its appeal at the midday hour, when you're tempted to go out with colleagues or eat at that new burger stand instead of reaching for the container waiting for you in the office fridge.
We're exploring five great recipes this week from Yotam Ottolenghi's cookbooks, and part of what makes them so good is exactly this appeal. If I make a recipe from an Ottolenghi book, I really can't wait to eat it at lunch. Take this Persian-inspired soup, for instance, packed with chickpeas, lima beans, and noodles, and with healthy dose of sunny turmeric and tangy lime. Try getting something this good at the corner deli. No way.