January Cookbook of the Month: “Jerusalem”

Each month Chowhounds choose a book to cook from and report on their experiences, book club–style. Check out the Cookbook of the Month archive for all the details and links to past discussions.

This month's pick is Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, published last fall. The authors are the partners behind London's Ottolenghi prepared food shops and NOPI restaurant, and they're Chowhound favorites: Their prior collaboration, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook and Ottolenghi's solo effort, Plenty, are previous Cookbooks of the Month. And check out CHOW.com photographer Chris Rochelle's gorgeous photo essay of a San Francisco farm tour and dinner with Ottolenghi and Tamimi in November.

In Jerusalem, the pair offer a modern spin on traditional recipes inspired by the local ingredients and ethnically diverse cuisine of their native city (Ottolenghi grew up in Jewish western Jerusalem, Tamimi in the Muslim east). In addition to a variety of vegetable, grain, meat, and fish recipes, there are chapters devoted to stuffed vegetables, savory pastries, and sweets.

Taking part is easy: Just choose a recipe you'd like to cook from the book and post your results. Click here to get started.

Photo by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com