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Jerusalem: A Cookbook

A collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the New York Times bestselling author of Plenty, one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011.

In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; in Jerusalem, he and Tamimi have collaborated to produce their most personal cookbook yet.


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Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals

Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money, keep you healthy, and make you and your family and friends happy. What I’ve tried to do in this book is pick a whole load of meals that we all love to eat and break them down to make them as simple as possible. There are plenty of clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, so whether you’re an accomplished cook or a complete beginner, you’ll be able to enjoy cooking and achieve great results in the kitchen.

This book is inspired by all the people I’ve met who thought they could never and would never learn how to cook. I believe that good home cooking is one of the most essential, fundamental skills that every single person on this planet should have in order to look after themselves, their families, and their friends. This food revolution is all about people learning how to make a recipe, then teaching that recipe to their friends and family . . . if enough people do this, pretty soon everyone will be cooking. So cook something today, then PASS IT ON!


About Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents’ pub, the Cricketers, in Essex, England, at the age of eight, and developed a real passion for cooking. He writes for publications around the world and lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their children, Poppy, Daisy, Petal, and Buddy Bear. This is his tenth cookbook. The next season of his Emmy Award-winning television show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, is set in Los Angeles and will air in Spring 2011 on ABC.


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Jamie’s America: Easy Twists on Great American Classics, and More

The incredible diversity in American cooking was a real revelation to me. So although I went looking for “quintessential American food,” my conclusion is that there is no such thing; instead there’s a huge wealth of seriously exciting dishes.

Many of us outside of America may think we already know all there is to know about it from movies or the occasional holiday, but the truth is that this doesn’t even scratch the surface. In many ways, the country is still a bit of a mystery to us. This trip was my chance to explore the ingredients, food culture, and traditions within this incredible country.

I felt that I knew cities like New York and Los Angeles pretty well, but this time I ventured beyond the neighborhoods I was familiar with and into areas better known for their immigrant communities. I was rewarded with some of the most incredible food I’ve ever tasted.

The story was the same when I moved beyond the big cities. Whether it was Creole cooking in Louisiana or soul food in Georgia, the Mexican influences in Arizona or the hearty cowboy cuisine of Big Sky Country, every place I went had its unique treasures.

I came back with more recipes than I knew what to do with, and although it was tough, I managed to narrow this book down to 120 of my absolute favorites. These are my takes on some of the best food I came across, as well as a few things I made up along the way. I hope you enjoy them, and maybe even discover new and inspiring sides to America you’ve never seen before. Enjoy!


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Jamie’s Italy

Italy is the place I love the most, and this is my tribute to it. No crusading, no politics, this book is simply about the food and the land that has always inspired me.

I’ve got over 120 new recipes here - this is the book that I have always wanted to write. I travelled all across Italy to research it and I cooked for and with Italians of all ages, and really learned from them.


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The Naked Chef

There are a few British television chefs, such as Delia Smith and Nigel Slater, who know exactly what viewers want. They cook food that is simple to prepare but looks and tastes delicious. That’s probably the reason why the BBC appointed Jamie Oliver as the presenter of its series The Naked Chef (which airs on the Television Food Network in the U.S.). A working chef at London’s celebrated River Café, Oliver cooks simpler versions of the fare you would find on the restaurant’s menu. It’s basically modern Italian food using ingredients that can be found by almost anyone who is reasonably interested in food shopping.

Like the television show, the book is titled The Naked Chef. In Oliver’s words, this sums up the idea: “It’s basically stripping back to the bare essentials.” He applies this to all his recipes—from salads to roasts, desserts to pastas. He doesn’t use culinary jargon or time-consuming processes. In the book you’ll find suggestions for ingredients to keep in your larder (pantry) and herbs to grow on your windowsill.

Recipes include Warm Salad of Radicchio; Gem and Pancetta; and Beetroot Tagliatelle with Pesto, Mussels, and White Wine. There are also tips on how to cook live lobsters, how to make gravy, preparing dry beans for cooking, and how to make the perfect roast chicken. Several photographs accompany some of the recipes, with step-by-step instructions. Oliver’s recipes for bread are particularly good—a tribute to his training at Carluccio’s, the Covent Garden deli. This is the perfect book for anyone who doesn’t want to spend much more than a half-hour preparing meals and is not willing to compromise on innovation or taste.—Dale Kneen, Amazon.co.uk


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