The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE


Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi and Sami Tamimi (Ebury Press, $49.95) I ADORE Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi’s recipes. The Is­rael-born, Lon­don-based chef and restau­ra­teur’s Ot­tolenghi: The Cook­book (2008) and its fol­low-up, Plenty (2010), are the most-used books in my kitchen. Jerusalem, an­other col­lab­o­ra­tion with fel­low Is­raeli and col­league Sami Tamimi, is a com­pi­la­tion of 120 dishes in­spired by the lat­ter’s life on the Arab east side of the trou­bled city and Ot­tolenghi’s child­hood in the Jewish west. The re­sult is a har­mo­nious blend of Arab, Jewish and Chris­tian culi­nary in­flu­ences in in­spired dishes such as roasted sweet pota­toes and fresh figs, lamb-stuffed quince with pome­gran­ate and co­rian­der, and a lovely car­damom rice pud­ding with pis­ta­chios and rose wa­ter. A se­ri­ous con­tender for food ti­tle of the year.

Limon­cello and Linen Wa­ter

Tessa Kiros (Mur­doch Books, $59.99) ANY ti­tle by Tessa Kiros is guar­an­teed to be a looker (re­mem­ber her pretty-as-a-pic­ture Ap­ples for Jam and Fall­ing Cloud­ber­ries?). This new re­lease — a fem­i­nine-look­ing book with a pink vel­vet rib­bon page marker — is an­other that de­serves a spot on the cof­fee ta­ble. Kiros takes her cues from Italy (she lives in Tus­cany with her Ital­ian hus­band), com­pil­ing a ‘‘trousseau of Ital­ian recipes’’ ded­i­cated to the women who have in­spired her. Like a mod­ern-day Mrs Beeton, she in­cludes chap­ters with house­hold tips (from or­gan­is­ing the linen cup­board to stock­ing the pantry) be­tween recipes for the likes of risotto with prawns, laven­der and le­mon, or rasp­berry caramel pas­tries with creme fraiche.

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