Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

Book rating: 05 Hardback Ebury Press

By (author) Yotam Ottolenghi, By (author) Sami Tamimi

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 280mm x 26mm | 1,280g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091922348
  • ISBN 13: 9780091922344
  • Illustrations note: 100
  • Sales rank: 116

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Ottolenghi is one of the most iconic and dynamic restaurants in the country. Its unique blend of exquisite, fresh food, abundantly presented in a cutting-edge, elegant environment, has imaginatively redefined people's dining expectations. For the first time, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi are publishing here their superb sweet and savoury recipes. Yotam and Sami's inventive yet simple dishes are inspired by their respective childhoods in West and East Jerusalem but rest on numerous other culinary traditions, ranging from North Africa to Lebanon, Italy and California. The 140 original recipes cover everything from accomplished meat and fish main courses, through to many healthy and quick salads and suppers, plus Ottolenghi's famous and delectable cakes and breads. Ottolenghi: The Cookbook captures the zeitgeist for honest, healthy, bold cooking presented with flair, style and substance. This painstakingly designed, lavishly photographed recipe book offers the timeless qualities of a cookery classic.

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Yotam Ottolenghi's path to the world of cooking and baking has been anything but straightforward. Having completed a Masters degree in philosophy and literature whilst working on the news desk of an Israeli daily, he made a radical shift on coming to London in 1997. He started as an assistant pastry chef at the Capital and then worked at Kensington Place and Launceston Place, where he ran the pastry section. Yotam subsequently worked for Maison Blanc and then Baker and Spice, before starting his own eponymous group of restaurants/food shops, with branches in Notting Hill, Belgravia, Islington and Kensington. He opened the restaurant NOPI in Piccadilly in 2011. Sami Tamimi's intimate engagement with food started at a tender age, whilst watching his mother prepare Palestinian delicacies at their home within the walls of Arab East Jerusalem. His first job was as a commis chef at the Mount Zion hotel in the city. He thereafter investigated some of his culinary passions, including the food of Yemen, Morocco, Egypt, Persia and even the Eastern European Jewish communities. In 1997 he moved from Tel Aviv to London to work at Baker and Spice, creating a unique traiteur section with the strong identifiable flavours of the Middle East. In 2002 he teamed up with Yotam to open Ottolenghi.

Customer reviews

By Amanda McInerney 31 Dec 2009 5

I bought this book having never been to this famous eatery and the only reason for this grave omission is that I live in Australia!
I simply adore this type of food and this glorious book. The recipes are full of freshness, goodness and bursting with flavours. Several of the dishes have already become standards on my entertaining tables, with my guests always asking me where I found the recipes and it is always one of the first of my (many) cookbooks that I reach for when seeking inspiration.
This will certainly be one of the first places that we go to eat when we next make that very long flight to the northern hemisphere!

By Catherine Seymour 29 Sep 2009 5

Best Cookbook in my vast and ever increasing collection!

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"Britain's most eagerly awaited cookbook" The Guardian "Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi...are purveyors of some of the city's most beautiful food. In this sleek, good-looking volume they spill the beans on some of their best known dishes. It's very modern, very metropolitan... in the vein of the River Cafe and Moro books - and we suspect it will be just as popular with London farmer's market shoppers this summer" Time Out "Set to be the al fresco bible for summer" ES Magazine "There's something irresistibly beautiful about the food at Ottolenghi and the book to accompany the cafes is as seductive: vivid flavours, bright colours and smart, simple ideas for food that mixes middle eastern and Italianate tastes." -- Nigella Lawson Delicious "Gorgeous, healthy recipes...a wonderful book." Sunday Times' Culture