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Oct 2, 2012 08:45 PM

Jerusalem or Plenty?

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?

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  1. 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:

    For good measure, here's the COTM thread for Ottolenghi: The Cookbook:

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    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

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

                1. re: debbiel

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

        2. 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. 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. G'wan, get all of them.

              1. 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...