Giveaway! Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi

September 18th 2012

If you’ve been following my Instagrams recently you might have noticed (amongst the cats) a renewed enthusiasm for home-cooked dinners. The reason is that I got the new Ottolenghi book Jerusalem and I want to try making almost everything in it!

Written by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, who both grew up in the city, the book is a love letter to the city’s rich food history. From childhood favourites to street food and special occasion desserts, this book covers loads of different recipes as well as giving lots of little insights into the fascinating history and culture of the area. You’ll also find a few recipes from Ottolenghi’s new restaurant NOPI, like the stunning butternut-tahini dip. It’s probably two-thirds vegetarian – there are separate meat and fish chapters but the pulse, pastry and vegetable chapters are stuffed full of things I want to try. (Talking of stuffed, there’s a whole chapter dedicated to things stuffed into things. Oof.)

It’s beautifully designed and photographed as usual and while the recipes can be time-consuming, they are not particularly difficult to follow. Perfect for relaxed Sunday evening cooking. One frequent complaint of Ottolenghi recipes is that the ingredients are hard to find, but I haven’t found anything hard to track down yet – though handily I do live in an area full of middle-eastern shops. But if you don’t, Ottolenghi has opened a web store of ingredients so there’s no excuse!

Here are a few of the dishes I’ve made already. Griddled and roasted courgette and tomatoes, boreks, and chermoula aubergine with fried cauliflower. They’ve all been super tasty, though I do need to learn to not deviate from the recipe or just guess at quantities, because the balance of flavours can get a bit overpowering if not handled properly.

Since the publishing company gave me a review copy but I was geeky enough to have pre-ordered it, I’m giving away the spare copy, along with a promo tote bag, to one of you! To enter, just comment on this post telling me to your favourite cook book or recipe site. Get an extra entry by tweeting about the giveaway too – just hit the share link right at the top of the post. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday 23rd September. UK entrants only please.

The competition is finished, congrats to the winner, Jenny

Comments (64)

  • Bryony

    September 18th 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Looks like a great book!

    My current favourite/most used book has to be The New Covent Garden Soups For All Occasions (

    For quick recipes/banging something together out of whatever’s left in the fridge I like to use the Good Food site, or this searching by ingredients.

  • Kim

    September 18th 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Yum yum! I already have ‘Plenty’ and love the recipes in there, it’s one of our go-to cook books. My favourite cook book (at the moment) has got to be Jamie’s America, I just can’t get enough of the vast cuisines he covers in there (from Jewish inspired food in New York to Mexican & Southern American influences in California).

  • Louise

    September 18th 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I love The Moomins cookbook, it’s full of lots of lovely fresh Scandinavian recipes. The Vegan Stoner is a bit good too.

  • Lucy A

    September 18th 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I really like Cooking With Rosie for the lovely chattiness of her writing and some fab recipes. But the one I use the most is my Good Housekeeping cookbook!

  • Jenny

    September 18th 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I absolutely love Plenty and the self-title Ottolenghi cookbooks which have pride of place in my kitchen.

    I’m currently loving Appetite for Reduction ( and the writer also has a blog called the Post Punk Kitchen (

    I’m not vegan, but they are such great recipes, and you can vegetarian them up with some cheese.

    Also a big fan of as a go to for meal inspiration.

  • grania

    September 18th 2012 at 4:49 pm

    utter fangirl moment, but it has to be ottolenghi when it comes to cookbooks. i could eat everything, ever. that said, i’m having a bit of a mexican moment & am loving tomasina miers’ mexican cooking made simple.

  • grania

    September 18th 2012 at 4:51 pm

    also, i’m really intrigued to see the recipe for the butternut/tahini dip. really want to know how close i got!

  • Jessica

    September 18th 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Ooo new Ottolenghi, lovely. I must admit, rather boringly, that my most referenced recipe site is BBC Good Food!

  • Dan

    September 18th 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks to our new addition my current fave is Nick Coffer’s My Daddy Cooks.

    Loved Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem TV series. Have had this on my wishlist since seeing that.

  • Sarah

    September 18th 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Wow it looks amazing!

    I have to confess, I’m a terrible cook and rely on my amazing partner to feed us both. He is a huge Ottolenghi fan who also spent many of his teenage years visiting his father in Jerusalem, a place really close to his heart, so this is going to be particularly exciting for him.

    Our favourite cookbook has to be the classic: Silver Spoon. A beast of a book, I think we could cook one recipe per day from it and it would take years to reach the back cover. From it we’ve discovered not just new, delicious things and perfected simple basics that have never tasted better:

  • sandra

    September 18th 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I’m a big fan of baking so I love the Peyton and Byrne British Baking Book for lovely classics. It’s also really nicely designed which makes using it so much more pleasurable!

  • Sophie

    September 18th 2012 at 5:20 pm

    My go to site for recipes is always Joy the Baker, she makes amazing food. I also love The Smitten Kitchen. Total food porn!

    Bookwise I love British Baking by Oliver Peyton. Such a beautiful book.

    I’m taking myself on a trip to Ottolenghi tomorrow.

    Sophie x

  • Daniel Howells

    September 18th 2012 at 5:20 pm

    My favourite food site is — — and my favourite recipe on it this Beetroot Risotto — — yum.

  • Lauren

    September 18th 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I must admit that the BBC Good Food is a really good source of info (good for different dietry requirements). I also have plenty of granny hand me down recipes which are fab – maybe I’ll make a book one day :D

  • Celeste

    September 18th 2012 at 5:28 pm

    This looks amazing! My favorite cookbook/book so far is Tamar Adler’s “An Everlasting Meal.” It’s life-changing.

  • Paola

    September 18th 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I would love to give this book as a gift to my friend! My favorite recipe site is :)

  • Liam Jay

    September 18th 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I’ve been tempted to get this book as my current favorite book is Plenty. Being a vegetarian, I’ve often found a lot of cooking books to be a bit uninspiring but Plenty has some really amazing dishes, so I’m hoping that Jerusalem follows that trend. My favorite recipe site is but then again I would say that considering that I made it! ;)

  • Claire McManus

    September 18th 2012 at 6:10 pm

    It has to be Nigel Slaters Kitchen Diaries, it’s all sbout seasonal eating! Excited to look at all the above favourites too!

  • Katie

    September 18th 2012 at 6:14 pm

    My favourite cookery book at the moment is Momofuku Milk Bar. It is possibly the most amazing thing I have ever read.

  • Connie | Daydream In Color

    September 18th 2012 at 6:57 pm

    My recent food blog fave has been
    I’m excited to read/make this cookbook!

  • Fiona macadie

    September 18th 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals is my favourite as you can pull together a yummy meal even after a long day at work and a hellish commute. I really rate the tray baked chicken and the chocolate mousse :-)

  • Elise

    September 18th 2012 at 7:52 pm

    My favorite cookbook is my own, full of my family recipes dutifully copied into a lovely notepad.
    I don’t have that much space yet for all the books I would want so I get recipes from the beautiful Foodily website and from Marmiton website, simple food – great on a daily basis!

  • Katie

    September 18th 2012 at 8:45 pm

    very boring but i keep going back to the BBC Good Food website. Haven’t gone wrong with anything from there yet!

  • Tamsin

    September 18th 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I think, for me, it’s the amazing Maddhur Jaffrey’s Eastern Vegeterian cookbook. So much good stuff, you should get it! I love PLenty SO much but I have to agree that ingredients are hard to get hold of unless you’re in London. there’s been a few things that I’ve had to go to borough market on my lunch for and we’ve got various well stocked specialist shops here. still love it though, obv

  • Tonya

    September 18th 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I love vegetarian cooking. I’ve never tried any Ottolenghi recepies before. A couple of my favourite cookery books at the moment are Miss Dahl’s voluptuous delights and Bill’s Cook Eat Smile by Bill Collison. Both books divide their recepies into seasons to make the most of seasonal produce.

  • Charlotte

    September 18th 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I love Ottolenghi’s Plenty but Veggiestan and Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Everday are both favourites. I also love the Green Kitchen Stories app! X

  • Lucy C

    September 18th 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Just bought a Kenwood KMix and loving How to Make Bread by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou. Great bread recipes – easy to follow with lots of tips and great results. Plus it gives me an excuse to use my new mixer every other day.

  • Helen

    September 18th 2012 at 9:43 pm

    My current favourite recipe book is the Leiths Baking Bible and I think you cannot beat the Good Food website!

  • threesmallapples

    September 18th 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Nigel Slater’s “The Kitchen Diaries” is a favourite, although I spend more time reading it than actually cooking from it… x

  • IK

    September 18th 2012 at 10:52 pm

    My favourite cookbook is also Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries (vol I!) – I did consider trying to write something a bit more unusual as my favourite but honesty has won out; it really is a beautiful book to read and cook from. Nigella Lawson’s ‘How to Eat’ is another one I enjoy just reading.

  • Helen

    September 18th 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Plenty, as well as The Cookbook, also by Ottolenghi so I’m super excited about this one.

    My favourite cookbooks at present are Tartine form the San Francisco bakery, or Healthy Food by Lesley Walters which has some really lovely ideas.

    I do also love Kitchen Diaries, but treat it more as a novel than a cook book!

  • Anushka

    September 19th 2012 at 9:32 am

    My favourite is Bake by Rachel Allen because all the recipes are so well tested, they are pretty much fool-proof. But I’ve loved pouring over the Ottolenghi books for ages (and lingeringly walking past his cafe in Angel..)

  • Lois

    September 19th 2012 at 9:40 am

    Being a life-long veggie I constantly need new inspiration! I adore the New Complete Vegetarian written by the vegetarian cooking guru Rose Elliot and for guilt-free (mostly vegan) recipe ideas and tips, Joy’s your girl:

  • Tracey D

    September 19th 2012 at 10:04 am

    The thing I love about this post is your enthusiasm for veggie food as portrayed by your photos which makes the food look so tempting.
    My favourite veggie recipe books are any from ‘Moosewood’ as recommended by my cousin in the States : great everyday & special occasion fair!!

  • Michelle

    September 19th 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’m another who relies on BBC Good Food for recipes. There seems to be a good selection there, and everything I’ve tried has been super tasty.
    Embarrassingly, I didn’t start cooking until a few years ago, because I was afraid I’d set the kitchen on fire, but I’m growing more confident and am looking to experiment a little more in the kitchen once I move.

  • Emily

    September 19th 2012 at 12:42 pm

    This is a tough question to answer as I have lots of favourites but my all time favourite to lose myself in for the delicious recipes and the beautiful photography is Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros. It makes my heart sing and be so happy to be a Mummy and a lover of cooking!

  • Lucy

    September 19th 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve recently been inspired by Sara Forte’s book ‘Sprouted Kitchen’ – It’s a whole foods focused recipe book which encourages people to eat real food. Simple and yummy!

  • mareike

    September 19th 2012 at 2:24 pm

    i just recently discovered ottolenghi and i love ALL his recipes. my favourite is the very full roasted vegetable tart. you can find it here:
    it’s amazing!! i already had it twice in the past month because it is so delicious!

  • Suzanne

    September 19th 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love Plenty so I’m very excited about your giveaway. My current go to book is ‘My Daddy Cooks’. It’s great to make these quick recipes with my wee one running around beside me.

  • Gemma Holden

    September 19th 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Katie,
    My current favourite has to be 101 Cookbooks.
    Full of endlessly beautiful salads, comfort snacks and simple photography.

    Unfortunately, browsing during my lunch break always makes me realise that I must be more inventive and make something other than houmous, soup and rice cakes!


  • Alice Waddington

    September 19th 2012 at 4:50 pm

    My favourite cookbook is the River Cottage Family book because it is so incredibly sweet! All the recipes are written for children so that the whole family can cook together! Plus, it’s a brilliant collection of basic recipes; soda bread, pizza bread, meringues,flapjacks, brownies (er…you can see what I like doing!). It’s really brilliant. I know that there are other cookbooks that have more sophisticated recipes that are challenging and inspiring (“Plenty” anyone?) but I don’t know of any other cookbook that has moved me to tears (it’s so sweet…).

  • Sarah

    September 19th 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I mainly rely on my BBC Good Food books and tweets from Nigella, but I’m really excited to check out all the books mentioned in the comments!

  • Van Lang

    September 19th 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Nigel Slater is the man! I love his Kitchen Diaries. Always inspirational, brilliant writing, gorgeous photos and everything works.

  • Molly

    September 19th 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I love the Great British Bake off cook book ! I think the recipes are brilliant and have fabulous ideas for tea party’s or just a relaxing day of baking ! Recipes are easy to follow and taste great .

  • Kangan Arora

    September 19th 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Oooh, it has to be Ottolenghi’s ‘Plenty’, my fav recipe so far has been the roasted parsnips and sweet potatoes with the caper vinaigrette! (yum!)

  • Ann

    September 19th 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Ottolenghi’s ‘Plenty’ was a gift and one of the most used (and beautiful) cookbooks I own. But my favourite: Supernatural Everyday by Heidi Swanson. Amazing.

  • Michelle

    September 20th 2012 at 7:18 am

    I really want to try make that Borek. The last cookbook I bought was “Good to the Grain” by Kim Boyce. I haven’t made as many recipes as I should have but her buckwheat pear pancakes rocked! Blog wise I am addicted to them all (what got me started in reading blogs) – 101cookbooks, roost, etc. The usual suspects I suppose.

  • Tass

    September 20th 2012 at 7:50 am

    My favourite site is I can easily while away time browsing and it’s my go to site when I’m looking for inspiration

  • Viri

    September 20th 2012 at 11:20 am

    Considering I’m dieting at the moment my fave cookbook is Appetite For Reduction by the woderful vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Lot of ethnic recipes, it’s a great book even if you don’t mind your weight that much.

  • Liv

    September 20th 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Although I’m not vegetarian it has to be River Cottage Veg Every day – I haven’t made a bad recipe from it yet and literally everything in it makes me drool

  • Vix Standen

    September 20th 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I’m not vegan or even vegetarian, but I don’t eat much meat. One of my favourite recipe websites is The Gluttonous Vegan: everything looks homely and delicious, and it’s all super easy to make!

  • Chrissy

    September 20th 2012 at 5:26 pm

    My favourite cookbook has got to be Rose Elliot’s Vegetarian Supercook – classic. Also crushing on my new The Art of French Baking.

    1. Chrissy

      September 20th 2012 at 5:27 pm

      And I should add that my fave food blog at the mo is Mimi horisson Some of the prettiest food ever.

  • kathleen hooper

    September 20th 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I love cookbooks, my current favourite is Stewed by Alan Rosenthal

  • Claire

    September 21st 2012 at 10:48 am

    When I first set out on a mission to properly learn to cook I read all the reviews I could. They pointed to Leith’s vegetable bible. It’s an amazing book – some dishes are very easy sides and some are much harder. There’s a few things I love: dishes are ordered by vegetable type – from mushrooms, to peppers, etc. It’s all grouped by this rather than main course which is lovely and means when I’ve got a red pepper that needs using, I’ve been more likely to experiment. there’re just enough hard-to-find ingredients to make you hunt in new shops and places. It’s forced me to dive into Chinese shops nervously looking for things completely new to me. And lastly, it has no pictures – so I’ve been taking photos of each dish I make and sticking them in there as I go along – so I know why I’ve made and what I’ve yet to do. A very good book that’s caused a few adventures!

  • dianne / icefloe

    September 21st 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I’m super inot everything these people post YUM

  • Liz Goostry

    September 21st 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Your Blog inspires me to try new recipes/food you Katie are a food inspiration as are all the Great British Bake off winners so far I’ve increased my baking skills 100 percent,also Nigel Slater he’s a superstar

  • Lisa Hayward

    September 22nd 2012 at 10:03 am

    For online I love 101cookbooks and smitten kitchen, they are constantly inspiring. For day to day, what can I cook for dinner tonight, I always turn to bbcgoodfood. All time classic cookbook is my mum’s original 1970s delia’s how to cook. It’s one to be passed down for sure. Great comp and love the comments.

  • Ljaja Sterland

    September 22nd 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I love Ottolenghi recepies and have been testing many from the Gurdian pages-always success and a treat for senses! To have a cookbook would be a dream…

  • Patti Friday

    September 22nd 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I still love ‘The Joy of Baking’!

  • Pippa Murray

    September 23rd 2012 at 7:59 am

    I’m obsessed with 101 cookbooks – With the most amazing food photography and delicious recipes it’s worth a look!

  • Sally

    September 23rd 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Peyton and Byrne is my favourite kitchen based book – every recipe in it is perfect!

  • Steph

    September 23rd 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I like the Nigel Slater Kitchen Diaries book and am looking forward to getting the new one.

  • Gemma

    September 23rd 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Gorgeous looking food. My favourite has to be La Cucina for wonderfully authentic Italian dishes.

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