304 pages, 10.89 × 7.93 × 1.17 in
September 3, 2013
Appetite by Random House
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0449015777
ISBN - 13: 9780449015773
Read from the Book
Our food impulse We wanted to start this book with the quip, “If you don’t like lemon or garlic … skip to the last page.” This might not be the funniest of jokes, but, considering lemon and garlic’s prevalence in our recipes, it is as good a place as any to start looking for a portrait of our food. Regional descriptions just don’t seem to work; there are too many influences and our food histories are long and diverse. True, we both come from a very particular part of the world—Israel/Palestine—with a unique culinary tradition. We adore the foods of our childhood: oranges from Jericho, used only to make the sweetest fresh juice; crunchy little cucumbers, full of the soil’s flavors; heavy pomegranates tumbling from trees that can no longer support their weight; figs, walnuts, wild herbs.... The list is endless. We both ate a lot of street food—literally, what the name suggests. Vendors selling their produce on pavements were not restricted to “farmers’ markets.” There was nothing embarrassing or uncouth about eating on the way to somewhere. Sami remembers frequently sitting bored in front of his dinner plate, having downed a few grilled ears of corn and a couple of busbusa (coconut and semolina) cakes bought at street stalls while out with friends. However, what makes lemon and garlic such a great metaphor for our cooking is the boldness, the zest, the strong, sometimes controversial flavors of our childhood. The flavors and colors that shout at you, that grip you, that m
From the Publisher
Yotam Ottolenghi's owns four eponymous restaurants--each a patisserie, deli, restaurant, and bakery rolled into one-- that are among London's most popular culinary destinations. Now readers can recreate Ottolenghi's famous dishes at home.
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook features 140 recipes inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean--recipes like Harissa-Marinated Chicken with Red Grapefruit Salad and Cauliflower and Cumin Fritters with Lime Yogurt. The recipes reflect the authors' upbringings in Jerusalem yet also incorporate culinary traditions from California, Italy and North Africa. The recipes feature numerous fish and meat dishes, as well as Ottolenghi's famed cakes and breads. With Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, readers are invited into a world of inventive flavors and fresh, vibrant cooking.
About the Author
YOTAM OTTOLENGHI owns an eponymous group of four restaurants, plus a high-end restaurant, Nopi, in London. SAMI TAMIMI is the head chef at Ottolenghi. They are coauthors of the much-anticipated fall 2012 cookbook Jerusalem, based on the food of their home city.
“This is simply wonderful cooking...modern, smart, and thoughtful. I love it.”
—Nigel Slater, author of Tender and Ripe
“Ottolenghi and Tamimi have a genius for adding intrigue to every dish, for making spices and herbs surprising, and for combining flavors that draw us in and warm our hearts. Each recipe in this book has the mark of originality and the power to inspire.”
—Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table