January Cookbook Review: Jerusalem and Family Table

For January, I cooked through both Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi,  and Family Table by Shaye Elliott. I am not a follower of recipes in general, but when I do follow one, I want to trust that its author knew what he or she was doing. Few cookbooks are written wisely, skillfully, delightfully, and deliver [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Spicy Beet, Leek, & Walnut Salad Where: Jerusalem Who: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi This is another exquisite recipe from Ottolenghi and Tamimi. What makes this salad unique to middle eastern fare is the tamarind water, which finds its way into the dressing. Chile flakes give the heat. And the leek, after being simmered for [...]

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What: Chicken with Carmelized Onion & Cardamom Rice Where: Jerusalem Who: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi This recipe alone is worth the price of the book. It is hands-down one of our favorites from Jerusalem.  Warm and tantalizing with it's exotic spices, comforting with it's simple poultry and grain, sweet with its barberries (or currants) [...]

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What: Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Coconut and Yogurt Where: Family Table Who: Shaye Elliott This little salad is a gem. Sweet from raw honey, tart from apple and lemon, creamy from yogurt, spicy from cinnamon, crunchy from almonds, and roasty from toasted coconut. Nothing exotic or profound here, just a wonderful, wonderful marriage of [...]

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What: Roasted Chicken with Jerusalem Artichoke & Lemon Where: Jerusalem Who: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi This is a perfect recipe. The flavor combination, though unique and surprising to the tongue, is pleasing. The shallots are roasted sweet, the citrus (with peel and pith) caramelizes and intensifies, the chicken crisps and retains its moisture, the pink [...]

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What: Sesame-Crusted Orange Chicken Salad Where: Family Table Who: Shaye Elliott This salad is truly a worthy go-to. It is luscious and fresh and satisfying. That being said, when first I made it, I expected orange. It was there, but it was very subtle. So I make some alterations in my own practice of this [...]

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What: Baby Spinach Salad with Dates & Almonds Where: Jerusalem Who: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi This is hands-down one of my favorites from Jerusalem. The dates marinate together with the onions in vinegar for a short time. As a result, the onions are mellowed and the dates are slightly softened and take on a [...]