Jerusalem: A Cookbook

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Appetite by Random House, Oct 16, 2012 - Cooking, Middle Eastern - 320 pages
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With Jerusalem, Ottolenghi re-teams with his friend and co-owner of his restaurants, Sami Tamimi. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year: Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. In this book they explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city together, and present an authentic collection of recipes that reflects the city's melting pot of Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities.

From their unique cross-cultural perspectives, Ottolenghi and Tamimi share 120 authentic recipes: from soups (Frikkeh, Chicken with Kneidelach), to meat and fish (Chicken with Cardamom Rice; Sharmula Bream with Rose Petals), to vegetables and salads (Chargrilled Squash with Labneh and Pickled Walnut Salsa), pulses and grains (Beetroot and SaffronRice); and cakes and desserts (Fig and Arak Trifle; Clementine and Almond Cake). Their cookbook is illustrated with 130 full-colour photographs, showcasing their sumptuous dishes in the dazzling setting of Jerusalem city.

Ottolenghi and Tamimi have five bustling restaurants in London, UK. Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; his latest cookbook, Plenty, was a New York Times bestseller and one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011. Jerusalem is his most personal, original and beautiful cookbook yet.

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Great recipes and beautiful pictures. - Goodreads
The meals aren't easy by any means. - Goodreads
A beautiful book with wonderful recipes! - Goodreads
Beautiful photographs, too. - Goodreads
Gorgeous pictures, not all of which relate to food. - Goodreads
Great combo of good recipes & family stories, history. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

Ottolenghi was born in the Jewish part of Jerusalem and Tamimi was born in the Arab part, so this book of recipes is a nice mix of the variations of many of the same ingredients. It's a great cookbook ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick Hurley - Goodreads

Best hummus recipe ever. Owned this cookbook before going vegan but will return to it time and time again for the hummus, sides, and amendable recipes. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Yotam Ottolenghi arrived in the UK from his native Israel in 1997 and set out on a new career in food, after having completed an MA in Comparative Literature whilst working as a journalist in Tel Aviv.

In London he attended The Cordon Bleu after which he worked as a pastry chef in various establishments. In 2002, Yotam and his partners set up Ottolenghi, a unique food shop offering a wide range of freshly made savory dishes, baked products and patisserie items. There are now four Ottolenghi's, as well as NOPI, a brasserie style restaurant in Soho, London.

Since 2006 Ottolenghi has written a column in The Guardian's Weekend Saturday magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Plenty, Jerusalem, and Ottolenghi.


SAMI TAMIMI is a partner and head chef at Ottolenghi and coauthor of Ottolenghi: The Cookbook.

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