Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi have written a cookbook, which not only presents Jewish recipes, but also presents a spirit-filled description of life in Israel. The authors, one a Jewish chef and one a Muslim chef, live in England, but spend much time in modern day Jerusalem. Jerusalem: A Cookbook, is a beautifully photographed cookbook that will make you feel as if you have arrived in Israel yourself.
Although, I am not at all familiar with Israeli cooking, this cookbook’s vibrant photos and lyrical descriptions made me feel as if I have had these dishes before. Tamimi and Ottolenghi gathered recipes from households and restaurants all over Jerusalem. For this reason the cookbook is filled with both rustic and gourmet recipes. I have attempted to make the falafel and the tahini sauce for my family. My children and husband loved the dishes! I wouldn’t have ever thought that I’d be making falafel in my Oregon kitchen, but with the advice of the two authors, the recipe turned out great.
I love cookbooks that have pictures for every recipe, and this book doesn’t disappoint. I want to know what I am cooking, and how a chef would plate and present the item. Jersulam: A Coobook, presented recipes in a way that makes it feel as if even the most complicated dishes are easy to prepare using their steps. While I may not rely on this cookbook for everyday cooking, I will definitely turn to this book when I am looking for an exotic recipe for my family or for a dinner party. I recommend any serious at-home cook run out and buy this book. It is a welcome addition to the cookbook shelf, and if anything the photos are worthy of a great coffee table book.
Guest book review by PerfectReads.com contributor Jamie.
In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; in Jerusalem, he and Tamimi have collaborated to produce their most personal cookbook yet.
MSRP: $35.00 USD