Book Review – Jerusalem: A Cookbook

by on April 30, 2015

Food in Israel is unique and full of exciting flavors that have come together into a melting pot of centuries of influence from surrounding lands. Bringing the complexity of Jerusalem life to the dinner table, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook is as much a social studies lesson as it is a culinary delight.

Though both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year, they come from opposite sides of the city. Tamimi is from the Muslim East Jerusalem and Ottolenghi from Jewish West Jerusalem. Both independently moved to London years ago and that’s where they met, working in the restaurant business. In this gorgeous cookbook, the two return to the roots of their Jerusalem childhoods and let us tag along. From their unique perspectives, they bring to the pages the food of the diverse people who live and cook there, allowing us an inside peek of this volatile world.

The book’s 120 mouth watering recipes, are both traditional and modern, savory and sweet, and simple and complex. All are bursting with middle-eastern ingredients and flavors. Along side dishes such as Baby Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds, Turkey and Zucchini Burgers, Couscous with Tomato and Onions is stunning photo essay exposing the complex and compelling world that is Jerusalem. This combination not only makes for a one-of-a-kind cookbook over flowing with recipes, but also opens up a world of conversation. One of the key take aways from the book is that no matter what our religious background, food is a common-ground. We all eat to live and food is life.


If you’d like to learn more about the recipes from this book…
Cooking Demo

May 12, 2015  at 10:00 am
Join PJCC Nutrition & Wellness Coach Jeannie Solomon for a  cookiing demo as we spend time discussing and cooking from the award-winning ‘Jerusalem: A Cookbook‘ by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. The class will include conversation, recipe exchange, cooking demonstrations and samples.  Registration required >>


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