Win a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem Cookbook!

by Forager on December 28, 2012

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.

Nopi London Yotam Ottolenghi salad nectarine tomato burrata coriander seeds

Top to bottom: A selection of Nopi’s small plates to share; mixed heritage tomato and basil salad; roasted red pepper, onion, goat’s cheese, hazelnut pesto; burrata, yellow nectarine, coriander seeds

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.

Jerusalem cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Mouthwatering photos from the Jerusalem cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

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!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jonnie chau December 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

For Xmas, I actually received a bottle of wine that I had actually bought as a gift for this person’s BBQ lunch. Obviously he had forgotten who gave it to him. Plus it was also the same bottle bag used as well. I would have preferred Jerusalem as I would love to explore all the different type of recipes out there… After all.. Food is life

2 Lizzy (Good Things) December 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

Dodgy Christmas presents, gotta love ’em! I’ve had a few in my time, but the one that had significant ‘ouch’ factor was a Secret Santa gift. We knew who we were buying for and were allowed to spend up to $15. I shopped diligently for the gift I was to give and (knowing that my recipient also loved cooking) bought a nifty cook’s gadget from Wheel and Barrow. In return, I received a plastic reindeer toy that pooped out flavoured jelly beans! The $2.00 price tag was still on the packaging! Winning a copy of Jerusalem may help to heal the deep psychological wound I suffered! (Great post by the way!).

3 Reemski December 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Can’t say I’ve ever really received dud gifts, but receiving multiple of the same thing happened this year to the small person. 3 different versions of the same book: “Dear Zoo”: An ipad version, a classic book version and a “noisy book” version. Now seeing as I have this small person to cook for now, I’m in desperate need of a copy of Jerusalem in order to cook her these fantabulous meals, as she’s quite the gourmand (pity me, it’s so hard to keep up with young people these days!)
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4 Adriene December 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

A dud Christmas present I got was when I was little, a distant uncle who’d never met me before got me a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle doll, sorry action figure, due to the boyish nature of my name. I was so disappointed!

A Jerusalem cook book would have been much better because I was a bookworm then and would have devoured it on its own, even if I was too little to handle a gas stove back then.

5 Rosie January 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

OMG – I have seen THE BOOK and I am in love. It’s the first recipe book I have picked up for years where I thought I want to make that and that AND THAT!

My one and only Christmas present this year was a pair of feather earrings. A thoughtful present from my true love – they are red, my colour, BUT we were in Northern New South Wales – the land of creepy crawly biting things – and the feathers ticked my neck constantly so I spent a lot of Christmas day thinking I was under attack from said crawly things and slapping fitfully and uselessly at my neck. The wonderful Jerusalem cook book would have given me a far more relaxed Christmas.

6 JJ - 84thand3rd January 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Ohh what a wonderful giveaway, I’ve been coveting the Ottolenghi books since we went for lunch during our last trip to London! As for a dud gift… random secret Santa nausea inducing candles aside, one year my husband bought me a magazine rack – because he though it might encourage me to pickup the pile of food mags next to the bed. Um, thanks? I store my handbags in it. There is still room on top for a copy of Jerusalem ;D
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7 Rosie January 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

A heads up – my true love heard my ravings about the Jerusalem cook book and BOUGHT IT FOR ME THIS MORNING! My daughter and I are now pouring over it preparing a shopping list for tomorrow’s Orange Grove market. Three courses and a vegetable dish will be making their way to the table tomorrow night. So far, I’m making the tomato and sour dough bread soup. Pieces of paper adorn many other pages in the book. will let you know what we end up with!

8 Natalie January 8, 2013 at 11:25 pm

My dad gifted me with a ‘cleaning set’ for my new house. The set included a new bucket, dustpan & brush and a dustpan and brush. In reality, if prefer to cook than clean.

9 Natalie January 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Whoops, the last one was a toilet brush! Sorry.

10 Daevid January 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

My Christmas tree was full of glee, until the morning I opened thee…. A present of nice from my aunty Bryce, which sadly turned into a bag of rice.

It turned out to be part of a bigger gift, which included a wok and cooking utensils. So all was not lost.

11 Nick January 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Sadly I didn’t get any xmas presents this year – so my twist is that Xmas itself was just a bit of a dud. I love Ottolenghi, and have not had the chance to eat his food in last two years as I have been in Oz.

12 Natalie January 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

I can’t really complain- I had a great Christmas with my family, and for me that’s a wonderful gift. But, if I were to have a little grumble it would have to be at the air freshener by brother gave me for covering up the dog’s…interesting odors…! He constantly complains about it when he comes over, so I guess this is his way of doing something about it! Would have much preferred this book- I’ve been pouring over it each time I go to the book shop, much to the chagrin of the book shop employees, to help encourage my daughter to expand her palate. Meat and three vegies isn’t a way to live!

13 Dee Sutton January 15, 2013 at 9:19 am

One Christmas after the birth of our second child,my hubby left my Christmas gift at home. We had travelled to my parents for Christmas. He asked me what I wanted, and I said I didn’t know. So he bought me a box of “I don’t knows”, random craft items. Glitter glue, textas, sticky tape. This year I got a box of Lyndt Chocolates. He likes to buy random gifts….I wish he would by me random cookbooks like the Jerusalem cookbook.
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14 Peter January 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

We had lunch with friends yesterday who already have the Jerusalem Cookbook. The slow cooked lamb and salads made from recipes in the book were simply ,,, nom nom nom :)))

As for the dud Xmas present ,,, I was given a large cookie jar in the shape of a dog ! ,,, when you lift off his head there is a light activated mechanism that barks first and then says ,,, “I love to eat Cookies” (sounding like the Cookie Monster from Sesame St) ,,, The only prob is the mechanism is at the bottom of the jar so when you fill it with cookies (or dog treats in our case) , the mechanism is covered and does not respond when the lid is opened. DER !!!! must have been invented by a bloke eh :)))

Being totally unbiased I reckon Lizzy’s $2 jelly been pooping reindeer is the hands down winner at this stage. Have a wonderful 2013 ,,,, great blog site ,, cheers Peter

15 spiceandmore January 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Ooh how lucky are you to have eaten at the restaurant! I was looking at a friends copy of this book the other day and spotted about 50 things I would like to try from it.
Dud Christmas pressies…hmmm…secret santa this year got me a dodgy ‘genuine silver plated’ photo frame. I tried to leave it behind but it kept following me. Someone or the other would ‘find’ it and rush to add it to my suitcase. In the end it came home in my husband’s laptop bag….just when I thought I had successfully left it behind. Wanna swap a photo frame for a cookbook? :)

16 sharon January 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm

We travelled to NZ to visit the out-laws this xmas, which automatically makes the whole xmas more expensive, so less is spent on our own gifts. And the quality of the return gifts dubious. They are fond of the $5 xmas gift .. This year I got a nz cookbook and he got the biography of Richie MacGaw. So did the other daughter-in-law. It was a bulk buy, one size fits all present. Which kinda took the gloss off the present. And the cookbook. Call me childish, but i want a little thought to go into my bloody present. My sister-in-law also went down this path by gifting both me and the mother-in-law with the most noxious rock salt known to man. It was seasoned with capsicum spray in the flavours of chilli and garlic. Awful. When the bf wasn’t looking, i dropped them into the nearest public bin. The cookbook i accidentally-on-purpose left at the holiday house. But they are getting better. Last time we got luggage tags and toenail clippers. Huge improvement. I’d love a real cookbook. But really it’s been nice to rant bout the dodgy xmas gifts. Now to hope they never read this blog :)

17 Valery January 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I got a cactus for Christmas, well I am still not sure how to interpret, probably the most accurate is that I have my character probably a thorny one, anyway the cactus died which is unusual especially with my green fingers. But I have tonnes of reasons for deserving the Jerusalem by Ottolenghi. I had a veg patch which has became a garden, and I am passsionate about growing herbs, any of them I can put my hold on, I just like the idea of having them growing amongst my veg and to find a way to use them, I think they bring harmony, balance and atmosphere in my garden. I am passionate about cooking and use herbs my own way and love to experience new cuisines, I am from French origine so familiar with some European cuisines, I like Asian such as Indian, Chinese, my favorite being Japanese. Getting Jerusalem will open a new world for my flavoursome homegrown herbs and veg. I never really try middle east cuisine and I know it uses a lot of herbs. And above all I love cooking books (I am a poor student) looking at cooking books opens to me a world of dreams and luxuriances and is very relaxing.
For my love of food.

18 Madeleine January 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm

The rotten cheese that ended an era. At work for Christmas party, we pick up a name of a colleague from a hat and buy a present for this person. I got a piece of rotten cheese, I was SO embarrassed in front of everyone, and trying to think of what to do or say, thanskfully I saw a rubbish bin and just threw it in majestically. That was the end of this tradition! Did I get that beause I can not help it but I speak out or because I brag about eating nearly everyhting NATURAL that goes bad (except animal), anyway blue cheese is mouldy…
I therefore deserve the book of Ottolenghi but also for my love of food and cooking, my Mom is a brilliant cook and I was raised eating the best ingredients from my Dad s garden and farmers cooked from scratch. I have my own garden now with heaps of veg and herbs, I am advanturous and brave to experience all sorts of cuisines and I feel fascinated by Ottolenghi s cuisine that uses all kinds of veg and herbs. I cannot wait to try the recipes of Jerusalem and accept the challenge very nervous and excited.
Madeleine, a real food lover

19 Denise January 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

The second hand chocolate box, Yes that is true. I got a box of chocolates (not the best brand) for Christmas (I am a chocolate addict). Brave enough as they are not good quality chocolates, I opened it. carefully removing the sealed kind of cling wrap, removing the lid and on top of the nice glossy paper there was a note . So I had ben given a second hand box of bad chocolates. I felt disgusted, I put a lot of thoughts in the present I offer. I do not know if I will tell the person but I threw the box directly in the bin.
I would definitely have preferred the Jerusalem cooking book by Ottolenghi, this is a genuine and authentic piece of art, and a present that will last forever, I look at cooking books the same way as I look at art books. I cannot live without cooking, everyday from scratch, anything that I feel like it or my old family favourites, any cuisine, but never tried midle eastern cuisine, even though I enjoy eating some dishes.
Good luck to everyone, and happy cooking for the lucky winners.

20 Jean January 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I received a wooden spoon holder for Christmas. I would have preferred a copy of “Jerusalem” as it would have hurt the giver more when I bopped him.

21 Catherine Stewart January 30, 2013 at 2:47 am

For my very first christmas after meeting my husband, he bought me a food processor (very romantic, not) as I had been working in Bruxelles as an au-pair and thought they were whizzy. I dont mean to sound ungrateful as the food processor was useful for many years, but really, first christmas. Fortunately, my mum and I thought he made good ‘work-in-progress’ material.

22 Denise January 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Just read my comment number 19 and I forgot the main thing (on the 3rd line): the note in the box of chocolates was saying . So it has been given as a thanks for a regular customer for Christmas and I got it 2nd hand.

23 Lizzy (Good Things) February 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

Trina, so excited to have won a copy of Jerusalem! Can barely wait till it arrives. Thanks so much xo
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