What can I say about this book that hasn't been said before? This is one of the best used books in my kitchen and I love that all of the recipes can be easily adapted to suit the tastes of my family. It's one of those cookbooks that is both inspirational and practical, in that it inspires your own twists on those classic recipes, but you can also follow the recipes as they are, if you're in a hurry or you just want a foolproof recipe that works every time. Shout outs for Plenty, Plenty More and Ottolenghi the Cookbook too.
Specialist food producer
This book was given to Margaret by her daughter after a conversation with her eyes rolling to the back of her head in despair as we told her about this new chef we were working with, a chap called Otyo-Lenghi. 'OMG' she said 'I love eating at his restaurant and cooking his food' 'Really?' We said, 'is he famous?' If you don't watch TV it takes quite a while for new food trends to reach North Wales which is something that was quite apparent when we first started selling pâté here back in 1982.
Food writer and stylist
Another book that gives me really itchy feet. Not only is it full of interesting colourful recipes you get a real feel of a place and its often turbulent history. Its a reminder not only that food can be unifying but occasionally divisive too - who knew that hummus caused such arguments? I also love the photos, a gorgeous mix of tasty looking food and brilliant portraits of local people and places.
Head chef, 69 Highbury Hill
Fabulous flavours very precisely worked out. Lots of ingredients and some recipes take a bit of time to prepare but it's worth it. When your taste buds need reviving cook from this book. We regularly eat Mejadra , Fish and caper kebabs with burnt aubergine and lemon pickle, lamb meatballs with barberries, braised Quail with apricots and slow cooked veal with prunes and leek (the family favourite).
Founder/Director of The Food Awards Company
I love the premise of this book which is about the huge coming together of different cultures in Jerusalem. It is visually stunning and one of those books where I am panting from one recipe to another wondering which one to cook first. That he is an Israeli Jew and his business partner an Israeli Arab beautifully exemplifies the unifying nature of food.
Adjunct Professor in International Affairs
This beautiful cookbook contains some of the tastiest recipes reflecting the borderless nature of cuisine in the Middle East. Of all of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks, this volume has a depth of wisdom, a plethora of good and easy recipes, and a deep sense of place. It is my go-to for such dishes as chicken with clementines!
Everything I’ve made from this has been delicious, from the weeknight-friendly (chermoula aubergines with bulgur salad) to the dinner party showstoppers (lamb shawarma) to the sweet treats (the wonderful, wonderful spice cookies). If I were only allowed to have one Ottolenghi cookbook, it would be this one.
Blogger and cookbook author
This book is a fascinating commentary on the power of food to unite cultures and people. Ottolenghi introduced me to so many things I had never tasted before, and changed the way I approach new ingredients. I turn to this book regularly, mostly for meat and salad inspiration during summer.
Ottolenghi is the master of vegetables and this book is full of them. Grab some za'tar and sumac (there's a lot of them in this book) and cook your way through this fascinating regional cuisine. His essay on the politics and tradition of hummus is astonishing as is the recipe that follows.
Food and drink writer and TV presenter
Choosing between Yotam's books is like trying to choose between children - I love them all. This one perhaps inches ahead because (as the author of books which aspire to this style) I love cookbooks which are firmly rooted in the places that their recipes evolved in.
Cookbook author and TV chef (formerly "The Galloping Gourmet")
This is a cookbook I treasure. It completes the journey I began with Elizabeth David, Paula Wolfert and my own relatively brief visit. The very ‘real’ photography leaps off the page, you can almost taste it - if you need inspiration, here it is!
Writer and Blogger of Savour It All
Food could very well be the vehicle for world peace. It always shows us that we are more alike than different and that where there are differences; that's good too. I've stuffed myself with the ideas, stories and recipes from this book.
Executive Director, Slow Food USA
As a student in London in the 1980s trying to decipher whether Chinese parsley and cilantro were the same things, Jaffrey’s book become my bible for Indian cooking. Still use it.
This book encapsulates what is so vibrant about the food of this region. In a sense, this is an aspirational cookbook, but it's accessible enough for home cooks.
Introduced the world to exciting flavors and spices of the region plus a multicultural fabric to their food of which many of us were not yet familiar
Managing Director, Herbie’s Spices
This remains his best work to date. Every recipe we have made has worked and brings Middle Eastern cuisine to the world in an approachable manner.
Non-stop wonderful. I have cooked my way through it with kudos at every recipe: flavor first, no matter how many substitutions I have to make.
The books of Ottolenghi are always ablaze with colour, diversity and tradition, Jerusalem is a tapestry of flavourful cuisines to explore.
My favourite of all of Yotam's books, for putting gorgeous food into its cultural context. And as a book geek, I love the package.
Author and columnist
Totally inspiring with beautiful flavours. the photography truly captures the spirit of Jerusalem.
Food and wine writer
Not only wonderful food but a testimony to the fact that food can bring communities together
Lovely history and tried and tested recipes, great insight into the city and its ways.
Founder and co-CEO of Hubbub
Fantastic recipes, accompanied by fascinating anecdotes for context.
A loving account of a city and its food, with modern flavours.
International chef and author
Tasty, no-nonsense food, especially creative with vegetables
Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Oleana
Gorgeously designed and familiar but unfamiliar.
Cookbook author and food journalist
Author and Editor
Owner and chef, Blakes Feast
Food writer and photographer
Blogger, Chinese Grandma
Author and blogger, Well Fed
Author, former chef & TV cook/presenter
Writer, recipe developer and cookbook author
Chief Executive, Doves Farm Foods
Founding Director, Modern Pantry
Cook, presenter and author
Chef, cookbook author and television personality
Senior Designer, Absolute Press
Founder and principal of Straus Literary
Head Chef of Gordon Ramsay Group’s Savoy Grill
Food Columnist, The New York Times
ICC's Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts
Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events
Co-Founder of The Agrarian Kitchen
Co-founder of Edible Communities
Food writer and food stylist
Food and travel writer
Blogger and columnist
Food historian and writer
Chef and owner of Romy's Kitchen
Food and travel writer
Founder, Jenius Social
Founder of Rachel's Kitchen
Co-founder of Hawksmoor