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Jerusalem: A Cookbook by [Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi]

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About the Author

YOTAM OTTOLENGHI is a Cordon Bleu-trained Chef, the author of two best-selling cookbooks, and the owner of an eponymous group of restaurants with four branches in London, plus a high-end restaurant, Nopi, also in London.

SAMI TAMIMI is the head chef at Ottolenghi and co-author of
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. The author lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Winner, IACP Awards 2013- Cookbook of the Year 
Winner, IACP Awards 2013- International

“The best cookbooks are the ones with a strong sense of place—and this is one of them. Yotam and Sami thoughtfully explore the way a tapestry of cuisines comes together into the vibrant, bold, and unique foodscape of Jerusalem. It’s a volume that makes you want to cook. It makes you want to eat. And it makes you want to travel.”
—Heidi Swanson, author of
Super Natural Every Day
“Oh, my goodness, book my flight right now! The passion, the history, the photography, and oh, the food. -I didn’t think it was possible, but Ottolenghi has outdone himself with
—Suzanne Goin, author of
Sunday Suppers at Lucques
“Jerusalem is a city of mosaics. Everybody takes and leaves their own impression. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi have beautifully and lovingly captured their corner of the city and its foods;
Jerusalem is infused with Middle Eastern flavor and Plenty’s gorgeous, rustic sensibilities.” 
—Joan Nathan, author of
The Foods of Israel Today
“People say that food, like soccer, erases differences—that sharing salt creates a bond. In
Jerusalem, Sami and Yotam, brought up on opposite sides of the same city, imagine a cuisine fed by a single wellspring. This book is not just a beautiful story of the Palestinian and Israeli dishes with which the authors each grew up, but a covenant of salt in which spiced chickpeas, fried rissoles, mint tea, and pomegranates represent a culinary fantasy where land and culture meld instead of diverging, and communities in conflict share a palate, traditions, and a love for the foods of a rich, storied, unified city.”
—Tamar Adler, author of
An Everlasting Meal
Jerusalem is a beautiful and necessary book. I’m going to need three copies: one for the bookshelf, one to display on the coffee table, and one to be left open on the kitchen counter. (Not to mention the few dozen copies to give as gifts.)”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, author of
Eating Animals
“Once more we are fortunate to receive from Yotam Ottolenghi a book that is filled with passion, color, and truly vibrant and fresh ideas. I am smitten and grateful!”
—Deborah Madison, author of
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

"The book weaves in the wonderful mixture of countless cultures and historical events that have influenced the city's cuisine for centuries...I love all the snippets of childhood memories and mini history lessons sprinkled over the pages of Jerusalem, amongst 120 approachable recipes - both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, but all oh so enticing." 
—Marissa Lippert,

"The book is gorgeous, perfect to work your way through one recipe at a time."

“These vibrant recipes are spice-heavy, vegetable-forward, and consistently delicious.”
—Bon Appetit, September 2012

"It's a cookbook that's not only timely but also deeply personal. And seen through the eyes of two expats (both men live and work in England)--one Jewish, the other Palestinian--you're exposed not only to the simplicity of flavors but also to the complexities of food as politics. That food can be this charged might be surprising for some, but that it's so delicious is undeniable."

"Written as homage to the city that defines the authors, this cookbook offers snapshots of the multicultural, multiflavored city that is Jerusalem. Realizing the difficulties of trying to capture the diversity of a city that has been described as “the center of the universe” Ottolenghi and Tamimi only promise “a glimpse into [the] hidden treasure” of a city constructed upon centuries of fusion, or the lack thereof, of hundreds of cultures being mashed together in such a small space. Not wanting to offend the inhabitants of an already disputed territory, the authors try to cut a cross-section of recipes and ingredients native to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. From Tunisia (shakshuka) to Turkey (Swiss chard fritters) and Iran (broad bean kuku) to Lebanon (the delicious hummus kawarma), this cookbook promises to excite the taste buds of anyone interested in Middle Eastern cuisine. Not happy with just presenting the flavors and textures of the city, the authors try to encapsulate the history and spirit of the city, too. With multiple introductions at its front, explanations of different spices and ingredients, and anecdotal stories peppered throughout, this book offers not only taste but education as well."
Publisher's Weekly, 7/16/12

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007SGM160
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ten Speed Press (October 16, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 16, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 59876 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 605 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2021
I’ve only made three recipes so far and two are already two of my most favorite meals ever: the spinach salad with chopped fig that you sauté naan pieces in a skillet with butter and olive oil (my six year old daughter had six helpings of it and salad is not usually a favorite with her) and the turkey & zucchini meatballs/burgers (called burger in title but meatballs in directions) which were full of grated zucchini, fresh mint and perfect three daughters have already asked me to make them again (I thought about making only half a batch but made the whole at the last minute and so glad because there were no leftovers). This is a fascinating cookbook for me because I’d never heard of Ottolenghi until a month ago, am not used to this type of food (I’d never cooked with fig or ground turkey or sumac, etc). Honestly, flipping through the cookbook, nothing really caught my eye and said “that looks sooo good” because I can’t even picture what the foods will taste like, since I’ve never seen most items in rural America. However, the taste is exquisite. So healthy and fresh and perfectly seasoned. So glad to learn new cuisine! You will need to order in a few spices but they are easily found on Amazon (and not at my local grocery stores). I’ve ordered zatar, sumac, tahini among others. Well worth it. I am so, so pleased with this cookbook! I’m eager to read more of the cultural information included, too since what I’ve read so far is interesting.
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Gaynor A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple recipes with lots of flavour
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 16, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recipe content fantastic, layout needs more thought
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best cookbook I ever used
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone !
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