Welcome to our second Cookbook club. This month we’re diving into Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, former residents of Jerusalem and now well-acclaimed London restaurateurs and chefs.

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Jerusalem is a stunning cookbook with a unique perspective and inventive Middle Eastern recipes.

The recipes are easy to follow and doable, although they do require a bit more involvement. This is the kind of book you need when you want to wow friends and family for dinner and make a meal that’s sure to impress. If you already own this book then you know what I’m talking about. For those who don’t, this is a must to add to your collection.

I’ve now made two meat dishes from this book and they’ve both been incredibly flavorful and delicious. We loved the meatballs with fava beans so for the purpose of this review I made kofta, a Middle Eastern spiced meatball. I used a mixture of ground lamb and beef and the combination of spices is what truly makes this dish one of a kind. Served over tahini sauce , this my friends is middle eastern cuisine at its finest.

I left out the chili pepper since my kids don’t care for the spice. For a well balanced meal I served the kofta with roasted okra and mashed cauliflower.

Truth be told, I want to make everything from this book but a few recipes that really stand out are the:

Spiced Chickpea and Fresh Vegetable Salad

Saffron Rice with Barberries, Pistachio and Mixed Herbs

and the Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice

So tell me, what are your thoughts on Jerusalem and what other recipes should I mark for later?