Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

Hardcover | September 3, 2013

byYotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

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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.

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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 ...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 10.89 × 7.93 × 1.17 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:Appetite by Random HouseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0449015777

ISBN - 13:9780449015773

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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 make everything else taste bland, pale, ordinary, and insipid. Cakes drenched with rose-water-scented sugar syrup; piles of raw green almonds on ice in the market; punchy tea in a small glass with handfuls of mint and sugar; the intense smell of charred mutton cooked on an open fire; a little shop selling twenty types of crumbly sheep and goat’s milk cheeses, kept fresh in water; apricot season, when there is enough of the fruit lying around each tree to gorge yourself, the jam pot, and the neighborhood birds.   These are the sources of our impulse. It is this profusion of overwhelming sensations that inspires our desire to stun with our food, to make you say “wow!” even if you’re not the expressive type. The colors, the textures, and finally the flavors that are unapologetically striking.-------------------------------------------------------------------  Sweet potato galettes \ makes 4   Spicy, sweet, and punchy, baked fresh and served warm, this is the sort  of starter that can precede almost anything. The generous sour cream base and the lightness of the puff pastry carry the sweet potato easily without the risk of a carb overdose. Serve with a plain green salad.     3 sweet potatoes,  about   12 oz / 350 g each 9 oz / 250 g puff pastry or   ½ recipe Rough puff pastry   page 280 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten 6½ tbsp / 100 ml sour cream 3½ tbsp / 100 g aged goat   cheese 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds 1 medium-hot chile, finely   chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley coarse sea salt and freshly   ground black pepper     1 Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. Bake the sweet potatoes in their skins for 35 to 45 minutes, until they soften up but are still slightly raw in the center (check by inserting a small knife). Leave until cool enough to handle, then peel and cut into slices 1⁄8 inch / 3 mm thick.   2 While the sweet potatoes are in the oven, roll out the puff pastry  to about 1⁄16 inch / 2 mm thick on a lightly floured work surface. Cut  out four 2¾ by 5½-inch / 7 by 14-cm rectangles and prick them all over with a fork. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper, place the pastry rectangles on it, well spaced apart, and leave to rest in the fridge for at least half an hour.   3 Remove the pastry from the fridge and brush lightly with the beaten egg. Using an icing spatula, spread a thin layer of sour cream on the pastries, leaving a ¼-inch / 5-mm border all round. Arrange the potato slices on the pastry, slightly overlapping, keeping the border clear. Season with salt and pepper, crumble the goat cheese on top, and sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and chile. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is cooked through. Check underneath; it should be golden brown.   4 While the galettes are cooking, stir together the olive oil, garlic, parsley, and a pinch of salt. As soon as the pastries come out of the oven, brush them with this mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Editorial Reviews

“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