Our experience at Yotam Ottolenghi’s Nopi in London left quite the lasting impression on us. The combination of fresh vibrant flavours and exotic spices so foreign and tantalising to my palette that we reminisced about the details of that meal fondly. Below are a few of the photos from our lunch at Nopi and you can read the full review on my last post in value dining in London.
Over lunch we’d spotted a small pyramid of the Jerusalem cookbooks piled high behind the counter and pawed through them voraciously, drinking in the beautiful photos and salivating at the recipes within.
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi are two professional London based chefs, friends and since 2002, have been business partners when they opened the original Ottolenghi restaurant in Notting Hill. Jerusalem is their co-authored work reminiscing about the flavours of their childhoods in Jerusalem, but from different perspectives and drawing on their early influences: Ottolenghi grew up on Jewish side whilst Tamimi, a Palestinian, grew up on the Arab east part of Jerusalem. Their partnership has been a huge success as another 3 Ottolenghi restaurants have opened in London and most recently, Nopi as well. We wanted that cookbook then and there so much but alas, a heavy hardcover cookbook wouldn’t have been welcomed within our already straining luggage.
Once we were back home, I bought the Jerusalem cookbook promptly – but instead of keeping it for myself, I gave it to the Co-pilot’s mother for Christmas. (It’s not a selfless plan mind you, as the Co-pilot’s mum is a brilliant cook and with some strategic enthusiastic finger pointing and page tapping, I’ll be leaving less than subtle hints on the recipes I’d like to see recreated for family dinners). Evil genius, I know.
From the Co-pilot’s mum’s expression on Christmas day, I gathered she was rather happy with her copy of Jerusalem. Packed with mouthwatering recipes and excellent, this very attractive cloth bound cookbook would be a welcome addition to any kitchen and no doubt was a popular gift this past Christmas for many as it was darn hard for me to track down in book stores.
Didn’t find it under your Christmas tree this year? Got a dud Christmas present from Auntie Beatrice again? Another pair of socks or a CD boxset of rage inducing off-key Christmas carols when what you really wanted was a copy of Jerusalem? Well, thanks to Random House, readers of The Gourmet Forager can win one of two copies of Jerusalem! To win, all you need to do is to leave a comment on this post about a dud present you got for Christmas and why you would have preferred a copy of Jerusalem instead.
And now for the fine print:
- Entry is open to all readers of The Gourmet Forager, entry is via the commenting field and entries will be judged on creative merit.
- The winning two entries will be those deemed most creative. To eliminate bias, judging will not be done by me but by via a neutral third party judge (probably the Co-pilot since he never reads my blog and has no idea who the commenters are)
- Each individual reader is only eligible to win one copy of the Jerusalem cookbook but readers are permitted multiple entries as long as as entries are different
- Entry is only open to Australian residents (to save me from posting the books overseas)
- Entries must include a valid email address to enable contact for prize and posting details (entry into the email field of the comment box is suffice, no need to put it in the comment itself)
- Entries close midnight AEST on 31st of January 2013 and winners will be separately notified by email and announced in the next post thereafter
Simple! Just comment away and good luck to all entrants!
The Jerusalem Cookbook is published through Random House publishing and is available at all good bookstores, $49.95 RRP.
The competition is now closed and thanks to everyone that entered this competition – I’m chuffed that it even got re-tweeted by Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi! The Co-pilot has completed his judging duties and… a big congratulations to Lizzy and Denise on winning the two Jerusalem cookbooks!