Know the recipes of Jerusalem | Cooking and Wine

Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi and Palestinian Sami Tamimi show the flavors of their city in a book called Jerusalem; this has sold worldwide more than 500,000 copies, and is now published in Spanish to honor its gastronomy with an act of faith.

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, who were born in the same city and almost at the same time; the difference is that the first one took place within the Jewish community and the second in a Palestinian community.

Know the recipes of Jerusalem | Cooking and Wine

This work allows you to enter Jerusalem cuisine , one of the most fascinating cities in the world where there is also room for the culinary customs of Jerusalem; its street food, its premises, its food stores, its breads and sweets, with recipes full of fresh vegetables and with powerful flavors thanks to the abundant use of spices.

In this sense, the authors of the book bet on the union of cultures spun by gastronomy , "although it requires a great act of faith, we like to imagine that hummus will end "says one of the authors, who conceive of cooking as an integrating element," food could be an element of union and reconciliation, but there are too many barriers. Jerusalem is very divided. People buy in the same markets, use the same ingredients to cook, but this is not enough to love each other, "Ottolenghi laments.

Jerusalem was" a nostalgic exercise "in gustatory memory for the cooks who have written the book, whose preparation made them travel to their hometown, and that cultural and gastronomic tour has been awarded with important prizes. It has been translated into eight languages ​​and has sold more than half a million copies.

Despite its wide international circulation, the book has not been published in Hebrew in Israel .


  • Adam Floyd