A LITTLE FOOD FLIGHT READING
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.