Author: Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamini
How I got it: This book was given to me as a christmas gift a few years ago after I feel in love with Ottolenghi when reading his book Plenty. A few other family members also share this book and I love that we all cook different things out of it. I am drawn to the stories and the use of spices. My grandma loves the pastries and my uncle the meat recipes. It’s a beautiful story book.
Favorite Recipes: Butternut Squash and Tahini Spread (69), Chunky Zucchini and Tomato Salad (84), Tabbouleh (85), Roasted Potatoes with Caramel and Prunes (86), Hummus (114), Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galettes (243), Herb Pie (251), Chocolate Kranz Cake (284), Yogurt with Cucumber (299), Labneh (302).
Why it belongs on my shelf: For me this book is as much a travel book as it is a cookbook. I love to read the story of the competing hummus flavors of the two opposing religious groups in Jerusalem, a son who betrayed his father for the other recipe, then had to take down his “real hummus” sign. The book is filled with new ways to cook vegetables, but is in no way a vegetarian cookbook, there are traditional ways to prepare meat in here as well. This is some of my favorite kinds of food. I love middle eastern food, and this book is filled with stories and traditional recipes. I pull this book off the shelf when I have too much of an ingredient and wonder how they prepare it in another culture. The recipes are so amazing and my spice drawer has never been so full.