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 [...]
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) [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
What: Root Vegetable Slaw with Labneh Where: Jerusalem (Cookbook of the month, January) Who: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi To make this recipe, one must be brave and purchase some unfamiliar vegetables, namely kohlrabi and celery root. But one can courageously take the plunge and discover, at first bite, that what sings loudest is not the [...]
In the kitchen today, it's Roasted Chicken with Clementines and Arak. This comes from my cookbook choice for January: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's spell-binding cookbook, Jerusalem. Every recipe thus far has been stellar (above reproach) and captivating to the tongue and senses. This particular recipe marinates for hours, and when it roasts together the citrus (peel, [...]
I was too eager for these both, so I picked two for the month of January. And, Shaye Elliott's Family Table I'll be listing the stand-out recipes from these two cookbooks at the end of January.