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Jerusalem [Hardcover]

Yotam Ottolenghi , Sami Tamimi
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Book Description

6 Sep 2012

Winner of the Observer Food Monthly Cookbook of the Year 2013.

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi are the men behind the bestselling Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. Their chain of restaurants is famous for its innovative flavours, stylish design and superb cooking.

At the heart of Yotam and Sami's food is a shared home city: Jerusalem. Both were born there in the same year, Sami on the Arab east side and Yotam in the Jewish west. Nearly 30 years later they met in London, and discovered they shared a language, a history, and a love of great food.

Jerusalem sets 100 of Yotam and Sami's inspired, accessible recipes within the cultural and religious melting pot of this diverse city. With culinary influences coming from its Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities and with a Mediterranean climate, the range of ingredients and styles is stunning. From recipes for soups (spicy frikkeh soup with meatballs), meat and fish (chicken with caramelized onion and cardamom rice, sea bream with harissa and rose), vegetables and salads (spicy beetroot, leek and walnut salad), pulses and grains (saffron rice with barberries and pistachios), to cakes and desserts (clementine and almond syrup cake), there is something new for everyone to discover.

Packed with beautiful recipes and with gorgeous photography throughout, Jerusalem showcases sumptuous Ottolenghi dishes in a dazzling setting.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091943744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091943745
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 19.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a magical feast" (BBC Good Food Magazine)

"Jerusalem works both as a recipe book and as a touching tribute to (Yotam Ottolenghi's) war-torn native city" (The Telegraph Magazine)

"A complicated love letter to a city.a memorable book that has as much to do with friendship as with food" (The Guardian)

"Jerusalem will dominate dinner parties for the next year through its deceptive and inviting simplicity" (The Financial Times)

"'(A) celebration of the complex currents that shaped Jerusalem's culinary, as well as political, history" (The Sunday Telegraph)

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Packed with mouthwatering recipes inspired by the food of Jerusalem, this is the long-awaited third cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi, winner of the Observer Food Monthly Best Cookbook award 2013

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180 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to read, use and enjoy 8 Sep 2012
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I saw Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi do a cookery demonstration at the Hay Festival and bought their two previous books, adding them to the pile of cut out recipes from the Guardian. I also watched Ottolenghi's Jerusalem on the television, so I have been waiting for this book with great eagerness.

It does not disappoint.

Jerusalem is a melting pot. It is the point where many cultures meet and this is reflected in the food that is eaten in the city. Ottolenghi and Tamimi are ideal guides to this food as they bridge the Jewish/Arab divide.

The recipes are not a definitive collection of the food of Jerusalem. They represent Ottolenghi's and Tamimi's view of the city and its food, their childhood memories and what they feel is typical. They show how a common thread can be found in recipes from diverse sections of the city, for instance, tracing the influences of Italy and Spain mingling with both the Arab and Jewish influences of North Africa.

It has all the elements which to my mind make up an excellent cookery book. Firstly and most importantly:
1. The recipes are delicious. They are clearly explained and most are illustrated. I have eaten nothing but recipes from this book since I got it. Even though I live in the depths of the country I have been able to source all the ingredients needed.
2. It is interesting to read. Food is not just ingredients assembled in the correct way and cooked. Food is our history and our culture and this book discusses both. It is a fascinating read.
3. It is beautiful to look at with glorious photographs.

I thoroughly recommend this book. Buy it, read it, use it and enjoy it - then recommend it to all your friends.
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I want from a cookery book... 11 Sep 2012
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This is an ambitious and brave book, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi and one which delivers.
The complexity of Jerusalem, the city, in terms of politics, history, culture and food is sensitively described. Both authors regard Jerusalem as home, "because it defines us, whether we like it or not". I love their faith in the possibility of food and more particularly hummus, bringing Jerusalemites together, "if nothing else will"
The backdrop of the city is the very beautiful context of this book. However, a cookery book has to be ultimately about the food and "Jerusalem" provides a lavish feast of new ideas, tastes and food combinations.
Thanks to The Guardian, I have already begun to cook from this book. Mejadra, a simple combination of lentils, rice, spices and fried onions is stunning. Lamb Shawarma is deeply and gorgeously spiced.Chicken with caramelised onion and cardamom rice is perfect and simple comfort food.
I am planning my next month of menus around this book. First up will be Burnt aubergine with garlic, lemon and pomegranate seeds. When I have time for some serious weekend cooking, I will make the Chocolate Krantz cake, a yeasted cake which looks soft, chocolatey and worth the effort.
This is a beautiful book with sublime photography. Check out the photo of the Jerusalem skyline at dusk or the overwhelming colours of the roadside grocery vendor. The photos of pan fried sea bream with harissa and rose and the small plates of hummus studded with pine nuts and herbs are genuinely mouth watering.
I feel instinctively that this book will inspire and change my cooking. A completely essential book.
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71 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 12 Sep 2012
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This is the third of the Ottolenghi cookbooks I've bought and I think this is their greatest. By focusing on the food of their childhood and native city, they have achieved something akin to Claudia Roden's The Book of Jewish Food, though this is a far more sumptuous and beautiful production. The city is the most politically contested on earth, it arouses such rage and fervour amongst those who have never set foot in the place, but these two men, both gay, one Palestinian, one Jewish, have shown us what it is like to have this place as your culinary language. In other words to have your sensory roots there.

The recipes are astonishing. I have made two and not only have they been easy, they have been a triumph. I'm Jewish, I have been to Jerusalem many times, the food seems to be the food I was born to make and to eat, fresh, simple, without fuss, rooted in centuries of tradition with the innovation and the vigour of successive new arrivals.

I'll be cooking from this for the rest of my life. Thanks Sami and Yotam.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all my cookbook boxes. 9 Sep 2012
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This book arrived yesterday and I have taken every opportunity to feast my eyes on it ever since. I have been to Jerusalem and am a big fan of the authors' previous cookbook Ottolengh. This cookbook does not disappoint in terms of recipes or photography. The recipes are all crying out to be cooked and I'm having trouble deciding where to start. I have no doubt that they will all turn out well as the recipes are so clear and the ingredients so perfect together. The photographs of Jerusalem take me right back there - I can almost smell the fresh herbs and the frying falafel just looking at them. It is also a very interesting book as it talks about the different cultures and food traditions. Once I have made a few I'll update this review -but really can't see me down-grading due to the recipes.

An up-date: I've now made the roasted sweet potatoes and fresh figs, the pearl barley risotto with marinated feta and the cod fish cakes and all have been gorgeous. The flavours of the sweet potato recipe were sublime together - zingy fresh and earthy at the same time; the risotto was unctuous and creamy in texture and oh so very conforting with the tanginess of the feta really contrasting and complimenting the dish;the fish cakes were delicate but flavoursome with a lovely sauce. All three recipes were so straigtforward and had easily accessible ingredients. A delight without a doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring cook book
Quick delivery and a brand new inspiring book
Published 21 hours ago by Mrs S P Edmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" book!
Brilliant book. So interesting and with wonderful photography!
Published 1 day ago by Mary-Anne Popoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written.
Great value- have tried some of the recipes and I am an Ottolenghi fan - Always very special and my family approve. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Teresa B
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
Had used quite a few of Ottolenghi's recipes from his slot in The Guardian so was delighted when I was given this as a present.
The book is great. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mark Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely brilliant can't praise it enough.
Published 11 days ago by ja magor
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Some great flavoursome recipes in here, well told too.
Published 11 days ago by Michael Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars recipes brought to life by wonderful writing.
a gastronomic journey, recipes brought to life by wonderful writing... reading and looking at the pictures transported you to a wonderful new place... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Gerard Kiely-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent recipes, very pleased with purchase.
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. D. E. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars JERUSALEM
a great book what more can i say
Published 21 days ago by ronald cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant recipes - can't wait to get trying them all out
Published 24 days ago by Linds_Mish
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