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A Cookbook

Book - 2012 | First United States edition
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"A collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the New York Times bestselling author of Plenty, one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011. In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi re-teams with his friend (and the co-owner of his restaurants) Sami Tamimi. Together they explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city--with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian, and Armenian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year--Tamimi on the Arab [Palestinian] east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish [Israeli] west. This cookbook offers recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspectives including Charred Baby Okra with Tomato and Preserved Lemon, Braised Lamb Meatballs with Sour Cherries, and Clementine and Almond Cake. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; Jerusalem is his most personal, original, and beautiful cookbook yet"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2012]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781607743941
Call Number: 641.5676 O918j 2012
Characteristics: 318 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Tamimi, Sami


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Two chefs from Jerusalem, a Jew and a Palestinian, present recipes from their native city that are extraordinarily vivid.

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DBRL_Katie Nov 23, 2020

This cookbook is best applied during summer when the staple produce called for, like cucumbers, tomatoes and eggplant, are at their peak. My favorite recipe from this cookbook however can be made year-round: Basmati Rice with Toasted Orzo. It's simple, yet rich and plain old rice just can't compare. This book also helped me achieve the smoothest, lightest hummus imaginable.

Oct 08, 2019

A beautiful cookbook. I love the concept of the two chefs, the photojournalism woven in with the recipes, and the balance of simple and more complex middle eastern dishes.

VaughanPLGraeme Dec 04, 2018

I really like this cookbook. Everything I've made from it has been good and there are more recipes I'd still like to try. I love the spice cookies and have made them every December since I first tried the recipe. They have an unusual combination of ingredients that may not seem like they would all go together well (warm spices, dark chocolate, brandy-soaked currants, and citrus zest and juice), but I think they're delicious. I also really liked the cannellini bean and lamb soup served with zhoug and the spinach salad with dates and almonds.

Oct 16, 2017

Beautiful pictures and delicious recipes that share the flavours of the Middle East. This book will have you experimenting with ingredients and techniques that you haven't tried before and may have experienced around the Mediterranean. Two favourites are the eggs shakshuka (similar to the tajine at Cafe Medina & Chambar) and the Swiss chard with pinenuts and tahini sauce.

Jun 23, 2017

For a moment, forget the beautiful pictures, the stories and the cool multicultural conception of this book. It is just a cooking book and, ultimately, what should count are just the recipes.

And the truth is that the book over delivers on the yummy. I've tried just a dozen recipes on this book and all of them were, at the very least, very good. Some were almost sublime (mejadra, falafel, safron rice with barberries). Really, we're talking of a Julia Child's level of good food, if not better. And all of this with recipes that are so healthy, balanced and varied on ingredients.

You'll need several visits to the Millwoods markets (Punjabi Foods, King of Dates) and to the Italian Center stores. Many ingredients are not on the normal supermarket.

Before I had to return the book to EPL I already had it bought.

JCLAshleyF Apr 11, 2017

Not only do I love the recipes in this cookbook, I love the premise. The book is a collaboration between two chefs from Jerusalem, one Jewish and the other Muslim. The book is filled with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes. I especially like the Shakshuka and Krantz Cake. If you like this cookbook then try Plenty.

Jul 04, 2015

Love this book! You won't be disappointed!

Oct 29, 2014

Having watched Yotam on tv in the UK, and been very impressed with the freshness of his cooking, this book didn't disappoint. Very interesting learning a bit about the people and what they eat. Have bought pomegranate molasses to try his wheatberries and chard recipe.

Oct 29, 2013

This is more than a cookbook; it's an introduction to the wildly complex food cultures of Jerusalem viewed by two native sons, one Jewish, one Muslim. It's a plea for communication and cooperation, a proof that the city's inhabitants have more similarities than differences (even if they never agree on what baba ghanoush is). It's filled with photographs that are both beautiful & interesting. And it passes test one of a great cookbook - the recipes are delicious. As a vegetarian much of the book was off limits, but there is still a lot of fabulous food here for me to try, and even if I needed a few specialty ingredients like sumac & pomegranate molasses, the recipes I tried came out really well.

elleche Mar 22, 2013

I've cooked a number of the recipes for a dinner party and everything came out delicious. Love the photography, the detailed touches...more than just a cookbook. Having visited Israel, Yotam & Sami deliver the real deal!

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