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Ottolenghi

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 by Tina

Another wonderful cookbook received at Christmas was called Ottolenghi. They have a few shops/cafes in London and are known for delicious salads, breads, desserts and exciting flavours. I tried one of the eggplant recipes the other night.  Marinated aubergine with tahini and oregano. I’d run out of tahini so just made it with what I had- the lemon, garlic, chilli, herbs and olive oil with the richness of roasted eggplant was so good.

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The two founders of Ottolenghi are both from Jerusalem, Sami from the Arab east and Yotam from the Jewish west. Their story is unusual and moving. They say much of their flavour inspiration is drawn from memories of childhood and streetfood. This is such an interesting book, keep an eye out for it and if anyone sees it in Sydney let me know as I have friends wanting to steal my copy kindly sent from the UK. Apparently it has been spotted in Melbourne…