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Jerusalem or Plenty?

pagesinthesun Oct 2, 2012 08:45 PM

I've been reading so many posts about Ottolenghi's cookbook Jerusalem. I was all ready to purchase the book and noticed his other cookbooks. I'm having difficulty deciding between Jerusalem and Plenty. Any opinions out there in Chow land?

  1. Caitlin McGrath Oct 3, 2012 12:16 AM

    I can't yet compare the two books because I don't have Jerusalem yet (impatiently awaiting the US edition's release in two weeks), but I absolutely love both Plenty and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. One difference between Plenty and the others is that Plenty is all savory vegetarian recipes, and the other two also have recipes for meat, seafood, and sweets.

    You might take a wander through the Cookbook of the Month threads for Plenty and read the many reports on various recipes to see how it appeals to you.

    This is the master thread for Plenty, with links to all the other threads:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781954

    For good measure, here's the COTM thread for Ottolenghi: The Cookbook:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641730

    7 Replies
    1. re: Caitlin McGrath
      buttertart Oct 3, 2012 04:53 PM

      I have all three and if someone were to demand I give up two of them, Plenty and Jerusalem would go before Ottolenghi. I like the scope of the first book with its wider variety of recipes (but no squeezy cover).

      1. re: buttertart
        roxlet Oct 3, 2012 05:00 PM

        Ah, I bought the British edition while I was in Cairo, and it had a squeezy cover . I love Plenty, but Ottolenghi is wonderful, and was my first love. However, this is the one vegetarian cookbook that I have cooked from most. The vegetarian recipes are fabulous in Plenty. However, I am waiting for Jerusalem with baited breath.

        1. re: roxlet
          buttertart Oct 4, 2012 10:11 AM

          The first Ottolenghi I got isn't squeezy, Plenty is (both came from the UK and the Plenty has the sexy white with black line drawings squeezy cover). Jerusalem is a treat but much narrower in scope. In a good way.
          And I have GOT to start cooking more from al of them.

          1. re: buttertart
            roxlet Oct 4, 2012 10:30 AM

            I think I was referring to Plenty (I was very unclear), which is the one I got when I was in Egypt. I had bought Ottolenghi first...

            1. re: buttertart
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              debbiel Oct 16, 2012 01:36 PM

              My Jerusalem arrived today (well, approximately 45 minutes ago). It is squeezy, as is my Plenty. Both US editions.

              And I'm with buttertart. Must start cooking more from all three books.

              1. re: debbiel
                Caitlin McGrath Oct 16, 2012 02:12 PM

                Grumble. Amazon is still showing my order as "shipping soon." Glad to hear it's squeezy, though. I love that design.

                1. re: debbiel
                  buttertart Oct 16, 2012 04:10 PM

                  The UK edition is unsqueezy, it's covered in a sort of homespun fabric.

        2. Gio Oct 4, 2012 10:25 AM

          I, too, am anxiously waiting for Jerusalem to get here. Having cooked from both Ottolenghi:The Cookbook and Plenty I can honestly say that I love both books although I do think I've made more recipes from the Ottolenghi book. These days I keep Plenty by my side when organizing menus if not to actually cook from but to be inspired by. If you can, get the books from your local library and look through them before you buy. It does help to choose which book you may prefer.

          1. nomadchowwoman Oct 4, 2012 11:05 AM

            I'm answering this without having seen "Jerusalem" (except on Amazon); I do have the other two, and have also cooked more from Ottolenghi, but that would be because it covers a range and Plenty focuses on vegetables. So you may want to start with Ottolenghi, which is as fabulous as everyone on CH says (and is why I bought it). (The pistachio-cardamom shortbead recipe alone is worth the price of that book.)
            If I was forced at gunpoint to give up one of those I currently own, I'd reluctantly hand over Plenty (then again, so reluctantly that I might end up lying on the ground w/a gunshot wound).
            But I can't wait for Jerusalem either, so I may tell you something different in a few weeks : )

            1. buttertart Oct 4, 2012 05:10 PM

              G'wan, get all of them.

              1. The Dairy Queen Oct 6, 2012 07:13 PM

                Like most everyone else, I don't yet own a copy of Jerusalem. I love love love Ottolenghi and like PLenty (haven't cooked from it as much as I should). Here's a thread where people who DO have Jerusalem have posted about their results...

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8691...

                ~TDQ

                1. pagesinthesun Oct 11, 2012 04:29 PM

                  Update: Thanks for all your posts. I just couldn't decide, so I ordered all three! I did notice that Ottolenghi: The Cookbook isn't released until March 2012. Is this a re-release?

                  At any rate, it will stagger the charges to the credit card with three different shipping dates!

                  Can't wait...Plenty should be here by Monday!

                  4 Replies
                  1. re: pagesinthesun
                    nomadchowwoman Oct 11, 2012 04:34 PM

                    Oh, pages, you'll fit right in with this crowd! ; )

                    Good call--these are wonderful books.

                    1. re: pagesinthesun
                      Caitlin McGrath Oct 11, 2012 04:36 PM

                      I assume you meant March 2013 for Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, pagesinthesun? That's actually the US edition (which I just found out about a few days ago). Unlike Plenty, which had a US edition released a year after the UK one, and Jerusalem, where there is only a month's difference, the first book was never published in the US (those of us who have it bought the UK edition). I'm assuming that it's happening now because Plenty has done well here.

                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                        pagesinthesun Oct 11, 2012 04:40 PM

                        Ohhhh, Ok. Thanks for clearing that up, Caitlin! And, thanks to you, nomad! I think I'll kick off the new year and join in the COTM. I follow the threads and enjoy them. I have been an avid cook and cookbook reader for years.

                        1. re: pagesinthesun
                          buttertart Oct 12, 2012 04:36 PM

                          You came to the right place, believe you me! And you will NOT regret getting any of those books.

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                      jammy Oct 11, 2012 05:37 PM

                      I'll probably end up getting Jerusalem as well and make it a hat trick. The food in the first two books is really tasty. I made the leek fritters with yogurt sauce today for a quick lunch. Very, very nice, except for the later side effects of eating that many leeks...

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                        pavlova Oct 26, 2012 07:00 AM

                        There was an interview with the authors on CBC radio just now. it's about 30 minutes long and here is the link to it. http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/...

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                        1. re: pavlova
                          geekmom Oct 26, 2012 07:07 AM

                          Squee! Thanks for the link. This program won't even air on the west cost until 8:30, and I would have totally missed it while doing my morning run. I owe you one.

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