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Beautiful book with very authentic feel and amazing recipes. It's definitely more than just a cookbook but rather an immersion into ancient cooking tradition... I know it's going to be one of my favorites.
To begin with I wasn't inspired to cook anything out of this book and wondered why everyone raved about it. None of the recipes appealed to me. However, now I have ventured into cooking from this book it is by far the best cookery book I own. My favourite dish is a chicken recipe with fennel and orange, so easy but a taste sensation. Tonight I am doing the roasted cauliflower salad and aubergines with onion and lemon.
Probably the best cookbook I ever used. Every recipe comes good if followed as is. Takes a few days to get the ingredients but that's the fun part and most found in World Food section at ASDA believe it or not. The rest order from Ottolenghi's website or online via Amazon. If entertaining your guests will travel with the food you make. My diet changed, I'm not only healthier but I have developed a profound love for Middle-Eastern culture from this cookbook. In our times worth having to celebrate the beauty of this marvelous melting pot so conflicted in the news. Ottolengi's Mediterranean Feast on Channel 4 website will communicate his passion. Watch it and drool!
This instantly became my favourite cookbook, due to the wonderful recipes, they are mainly healthy, flavourful combinations that have invigorated my recipe repertoire. Dropped one star as unfortunately the recipe instructions are not in a bullet point list, they are in free text, so it can be hard to find which step you are on. I am a competent cook and can follow recipes easily, but I really struggle with this when I'm trying to juggle doing 5 things and trying to find my next step in the (well written) text! That is my only criticism, and I think this will be my favourite cookbook for decades to come - I love this cuisine.
I gave this excellent cookbook to my wife for Christmas. At first, she was taken with the title because Jerusalem is the place where we met and she thought I was being unusually romantic/nostalgic ! And of course I was, but I also knew that the wonderful recipes contained between the covers would be to her liking as she has a penchant for Middle-Eastern cuisine. The gift was a major success on all fronts and my wife is both delighted and now full of enthusiasm for the kitchen !
I bought this book mainly for the hummus recipe-which is the best recipe for hummus I have come across. I make hummus two or three times a week, so I can highly recommend this particular recipe-the secret ingredient for perfect hummus is the bicarbonate of soda. The book is full of other very good recipes aswell, some of which I have tried with much success. Very good descriptions and easy to follow instructions, accompanied with lovely photos and interesting histories of the Palestinian and Israeli food traditions.
As a retired Home Economist, I have enjoyed reading this book and the recipes I have done have all worked with easy to source ingredients. If you do buy an unusual ingredient, you will use it in more than one recipe.
I started trying Ottolenghi's recipes with his 'the cookbook' and all the family loved the food. So I bought "Jerusalem". I have tried 3 recipes from this cookbook and all turned out exquisite! The most I like in Ottolenghi's cookbooks is that the recipes are very accurate and it is easy to follow the instructions .