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Jan 7, 2014 04:59 AM

Which of Ottolenghi's cookbooks should I buy?

If there's already a thread on this, please let me know.
Thanks, guys.

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  1. It depends.

    Are you a vegetarian, or wanting to be inspired to cook more vegetarian dishes? Buy Plenty.

    Eaten at his restaurant and want to recreate the style? Buy Ottolenghi, The Cookbook.

    Jerusalem...well, it's in the title. Recipes that he grew up with, and that people use in Jerusalem. I don't own it, but really enjoyed the Jerusalem episode in one of his recent TV series.

    1. I've got all of them and am a big fan so I think you should get them all :-) What do you like to cook? I have probably cooked from Jerusalem more than from any other cookbook, but I have a family who really enjoy middle eastern flavours. Plenty is my favourite Ottolenghi cookbook because it has such a wonderful variety of bold and interesting vegetable dishes. Ottolenghi has a very interesting variety of recipes - lots of baked goods - and brings back memories of eating at the restaurant.

      All of these books are available at my local library... you may be able to borrow one or two of them yourself, so you can try before you buy.

      1. Ottolenghi - more (but not exclusively) prepared salads, cold foods, baked goods - things they sell in their shop.
        Plenty - 100% vegetarian, no desserts. Recipes are the most complex.
        Jerusalem - middle eastern food, including (great versions of) some very basic dishes, like hummus. More "meal building" elements. Recipes simpler than Plenty. Contains some desserts, but all Middle Eastern.

        I have all three and cook the most out of Jerusalem. All three are gorgeous though.

        1. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sammy Tamimi's books have been COTMs twice.
          Ottolenghi & Plenty


          I have all three and I honestly think we cook from each equally, although there are favorites in each too.

          1. I have Plenty and Jerusalem and made about twice as many dishes out of jerusalem as out of Plenty. I love both, though, and won't part with either one. Recently I flipped the Ottolenghi at a store and wasn't inspired enough to buy. Could be just Ottolenghi fatigue :)

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            1. re: herby

              Hey everyone,
              I really appreciate your answers. I think I need to go to the bookstore and look at all three at the same time.