Jerusalem by Yatam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Post by Robyn55.

You would think that with the abundance of celebrity chefs and their cookbooks that there is nothing new to find. Have a look at Jerusalem! By now most people will have heard of Yotam Ottolenghi.

The main thing of interest in this book is its clear focus on using ordinary seasonal ingredients in a simple manner. No foams or dirt here. You won’t have to go trekking to the Himalayas to find an obscure ingredient either! The book, although not vegetarian, is very ‘vege’ orientated with beautiful recipes like ‘Roasted Sweet Potatoes’ and ‘Fresh Figs’ p.26 – yummy! Maybe if you enjoy chicken you could try the ‘Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamon Rice’ p.184.

The book is beautifully designed with many clear food photographs as well as photos of people going about their everyday lives. Each recipe starts with a short explanation of it’s history and ingredients. Jerusalem is a cookbook, but it is so much more with it’s history and stories of the Middle East.  Cook the recipes, drool over the photos and imagine the Kasbah on a steamy, smokey afternoon.

I liked this book so much that I have bought myself a copy! Read, cook and enjoy…