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Ottolenghi: The Cookbook [Hardcover]

Yotam Ottolenghi , Sami Tamimi
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Book Description

1 May 2008

Ottolenghi is one of the most iconic and dynamic restaurants in the country. Its unique blend of exquisite, fresh food, abundantly presented in a cutting-edge, elegant environment, has imaginatively redefined people's dining expectations. For the first time, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi are publishing here their superb sweet and savoury recipes.

Yotam and Sami's inventive yet simple dishes are inspired by their respective childhoods in West and East Jerusalem but rest on numerous other culinary traditions, ranging from North Africa to Lebanon, Italy and California. The 140 original recipes cover everything from accomplished meat and fish main courses, through to many healthy and quick salads and suppers, plus Ottolenghi's famous and delectable cakes and breads.

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook captures the zeitgeist for honest, healthy, bold cooking presented with flair, style and substance. This painstakingly designed, lavishly photographed recipe book offers the timeless qualities of a cookery classic.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091922348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091922344
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Britain's most eagerly awaited cookbook" (The Guardian)

"Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi...are purveyors of some of the city's most beautiful food. In this sleek, good-looking volume they spill the beans on some of their best known dishes. It's very modern, very metropolitan... in the vein of the River Cafe and Moro books - and we suspect it will be just as popular with London farmer's market shoppers this summer" (Time Out)

"Set to be the al fresco bible for summer" (ES Magazine)

"There's something irresistibly beautiful about the food at Ottolenghi and the book to accompany the cafes is as seductive: vivid flavours, bright colours and smart, simple ideas for food that mixes middle eastern and Italianate tastes." (Nigella Lawson Delicious)

"Gorgeous, healthy recipes...a wonderful book." (Sunday Times' Culture)

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'My very favourite book this year'

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645 of 664 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St Otto of Lenghi , we love you. 5 May 2008
Format:Hardcover
Moro, Jamie, Diana (Henry) ... I've bought all those books this year, excitedly scanning through them and bookmarking the pages of lots of yummy looking recipes to try. But how many have I actually got round to trying? Probably one or two recipes per book. They inspire, excite and suggest other ideas, but as for slavishly following the recipe, nah - you can kind of work it out for yourself.

But St Otto is different - every meal we've eaten this week has been a revealing and faithful recreation of his great works on the streets of London. Admittedly I was already a convert. Ever since his huge, puffy piles of meringues beckoned me into the tiny Notting Hill shop about 4 years ago, I have been hooked. St Otto takes simple, everyday ingredients you use all the time at home - broccoli, chilli, garlic and olive oil, for example - and somehow transforms them into something magical that tastes so much more than everyday. You come out of their shops thinking 'How did they do that? How did they make that aubergine taste so smoky? Why don't my mushrooms taste like that when I fry them in olive oil? Why is their lemon and pistachio cake so squidgy?

Well, the cookbook generously reveals all. Garlic and lemon are likely to be involved (they start by saying that if you don't like lemon or garlic, you should skip to the end) - but there are no weird secrets underpinning the Ottolenghi magic. No intricate labours of love. This is easy to prepare food that is perfect for relaxed meals with big groups of friends.

They just have an extraordinary understanding of which flavours and ingredients work well together and how to combine them in just the right amounts (usually more generous than you are used to) to create something that piques your interest as well as your tastebuds.
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129 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookery book for 2009 26 Feb 2009
By H. Dunn
Format:Hardcover
As an avid buyer of cookery books, most of them are read without any food being cooked as a result, I want to recommend this book to anyone who wants to actually cook dishes.
The authors describe the recipes as inventive yet simple and that is exactly the case. Their dishes taste great, look appealing and with lowish effort from the cook. The instructions are absolutely clear and hints for ways of serving are given.
I am vegetarian and found loads of recipes I have and will try.
A great present for any cook, but read it yourself before you give it away.
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131 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one cookbook this year.... 18 July 2008
By Easterchick VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
buy this one! I have to admit, I don't live in London so I had no idea that Ottolenghi was even a shop - I thought it was a restaurant :-) I bought it purely on the strength of the other reviews.

It wasn't a bad decision! The book is visually stunning, with enough recipes to keep you going all year - I am always envious of people who can take something completely mundane (like broccoli) and turn it into a showstopper just by adding some garlic and chilli. Genius.

If you like cooking with ingredients such as bulghur wheat, sultanas, pomegranate, this is probably the book for you. But is also full of recipes for cakes, muffins and meringues. Buy, cook and enjoy!
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
as i write this i have a freshly cooked bowl of the cauliflower and cumin fritters (to be found on page 50) gently steaming at my side. i can tell you it is delightful.
when i saw this recipe i knew i wanted to try it. so looking in the depleted fridge i came across most of the ingredients and set to. i had no fresh parsley so used dried and no shallots so used a small cooking onion. the results were sublime and can't wait to try it with the proper ingredients.
and the rest of the book? well that will be tomorrows handy work. thankyou ottolenghi for returning my enthusiasm for cooking back to me. a cherished book already.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK - GREAT REVIEWS 29 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
Among all books recently published, this one is really written for the cook(amateur or professional) and not to show how great this or that chef is. The book is full of great and inspiring ideas and the food full of astonishing flavors. You read the book and few minutes later you are in the kitchen cooking. Thanks for this really good and honest cookbook.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and Divine 16 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
I purchased Ottolenghi on the recommendation of Nigel Slater, who I consider a practical chef that has taught me a great deal about simplicity on food through his books. At a first glance it would be very easy to dismiss this book as one for the pro's and those who really want to impress at dinner parties, and in truth it is, but if you look a little deeper there are many simple practical recipes that will become part of your standard fayre.

The recipes for savoury dishes are inspired and I have already started experimenting with Tahini following on from the ideas in this book.

The vegetable dishes are good enough that even a confirmed omnivore such as myself does not miss meat when cooking them. They are also the perfect match for the meat and fish dishes detailed. It goes without saying that some of the salad recipes will not scale down well for single cooks (unless you have a grocer that can provide about 15g of each ingredient), but the other areas of the book more than make up for it and this is unlikely to be an issue for most people.

The section on baking and patisserie (chapter 3) is my personal favourite with a wide selection of breads, biscuits, tarts and cakes that put most other volumes to shame. Everything I have tried in this section has worked perfectly; I'm using a budget oven in a normal kitchen and easily managing to bake breads and cakes which far surpass any available locally. I would happily have paid the money for this section alone so everything else in the book is a bonus.

As an aside anyone disappointed with the desserts in the Nigel Slater books (they are nice but I struggle to consider fruit with different sauces a real dessert) should definitely consider this volume as an accompaniment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as hard as I thought
Delicious 'high impact' recipes. I was a bit put off at first by the amount of ingredient I had to hunt and gather for but once I got a pot of zaatar and sumac (waitrose), the... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Francesca
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
I have had the book in hardback format for more than a year, and cook from it often. I like having my favourite cookbooks on screen to consider, when out of the kitchen, what... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Gillian England
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
This has the most lovely combinations in it. If you are ever in London, you must go to the restaurant, be prepared to queue though, they dont take bookings.
Published 9 days ago by Tara Pettersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Lived up to expectations - particularly appreciated references to where to obtain ingredients from. Colourful photos not always relevant to recipe.
Published 17 days ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!!
The book has interesting, exotic recipes and exciting and different recipes for vegetables aswell. The huge pistachio meringues are amazing!
Published 17 days ago by Miss Phoebe H Abdy Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Lovely Present
Really nice book. photos are beautiful, recipes are lovely. really good present to buy for a foodie! definitely recommend to everyone!
Published 29 days ago by rebekah
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This is my third Ottolenghi book and like the others it never fails to inspire me. The book arrived very quickly in great condition - thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Jilly Byford
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good food
I had already purchased "Jersualem" which was amazing and hoped that the cookbook would be just as good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by susiebear
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual recipes, well worth a try.
Some excellent and different, but not difficult recipes. Enticing photos encourage you to pick up the book and try something.
Published 1 month ago by Lydae
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy
I have this cookbook on my Kindle app so it travels with me. Yummy easy to follow recipes. A gastronomic delight. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Perfect
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