Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi --- 314 pages.

This is a combined cookbook and affectionate look at Jerusalem, the original "melting pot" of diverse cultures and culinary traditions as well as religions.

Ottolenghi and Tamimi were born on the same day, December 14, 1968, in Jerusalem; Ottolenghi in the western, Jewish part of the city, and Tamimi in the eastern, Muslim part of the city. They share a love of food and cooking, but did not actually meet until years later in London, where they eventually became business partners and now operate a number of well known and very popular restaurants. They are known for using the freshest ingredients, flavored with herbs and spices, and showcasing the natural flavors and textures of vegetables.

This book pays mouth-watering tribute to their culinary and cultural roots, and looks back to a time still within living memory, when Jews, Muslims and Christians of many sects and ethnicities inhabited Jerusalem and managed to co-exist, if not in peace, at least in something less than the current Armageddon.

Click HERE for a quick interview with the authors from the Huffington Post.

Click HERE to listen to an interview with the authors on NPR (National Public Radio).

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