Our review of Jerusalem a cookbook Micah’s mom had a friend who accidentally bought two of the same book—Jerusalem, a Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi—and we ended up with the extra. She read the forward and thought we would like it. I have to admit, I have never read the forward. However, as soon as we skimmed through the book, we immediately started ear-marking pages.
We have cooked several recipes from Jerusalem a cookbook, and have yet to come across something we didn’t love! In fact, I have made a few of the recipes more than once. This book has become my go-to book for when we are having a dinner party or just want to spend a Saturday night cooking up something good. I usually like to pick about two things from the book for a meal—a protein or main, and a side or salad.
As someone who likes to eat clean and is mostly dairy- and gluten-free, these recipes are absolutely perfect. They are not meant to be “clean eating” recipes, but it just so happens that the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean diet is pretty clean to start. Even most of the desserts use honey as a sweetener instead of refined sugar.
You know a cookbook is good when the pages have food splatters on them, and I must say our copy is looking well broken-in already! I recently ordered a second book by Yotam Ottolenghi, a vegetarian cookbook called Plenty, and cannot wait to give a few of those recipes a try and report back to you.
I highly recommend this book and suggest trying the lamb-stuffed eggplant, butternut squash hummus, and the falafel!! Those are just a few of our favorites.
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