October 24, 2012

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi

If you ran in to me between October of last year and July of this year, there's a pretty good chance that the first thing I told you about was Yotam Ottolenghi's cookbook PLENTY. Ottolenghi is an Israeli born chef with an eponymous restaurant in London and is a regular food columnist for the UK Guardian. For 4 years, the column was called The New Vegetarian although he's not a vegetarian because he did such profound and tasty things with vegetables.

I have a lot of cookbooks, I read a lot of cookbooks, I use a lot of recipes -- this one is the best, yet. (Dessert and baking books not included). The recipes here are all vegetarian, vegetable and grain heavy, and of the 30 or so dishes, dips, appetizers, roasts, grain salads, and more I've made from this book, none have let down. One of the best meals Jacob and I ever made together was his Black Pepper Tofu + Mango and Coconut Rice Salad (hands down).

Ottolenghi has a new book out, Jerusalem, and he'll be talking about it with Jonathan Safran Foer at Strand Bookstore tomorrow evening, from 7-8 p.m., as part of his North American book tour. I'm sad to miss it (Girl Walk screening tomorrow night! $5), but encourage you all to go.