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Publication Order of Cookbooks

Ottolenghi (With: Sami Tamimi) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plenty (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jerusalem (With: Sami Tamimi) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plenty More (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
NOPI (With: Ramael Scully) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet (With: Helen Goh) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ottolenghi Simple (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ottolenghi Flavor (With: Ixta Belfrage) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love (With: Noor Murad) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Yotam Ottolenghi

An Israeli-born British chef, Yotam Ottolenghi has been publishing countless simple to follow cookbooks for some time now. Making a name for himself as a restaurateur, he’s produced countless cookery titles that provide well-laid out recipes and ideas for everyday cooking. Reaching scores of readers from around the world, his work has appealed to numerous readers, providing them with plenty of different dishes. Fast becoming a household name for many, his work has gone to reach bestseller status, as he’s permanent fixture on bookshelves far and wide.

In the past he’s also worked in television, creating several different shows, such as ‘Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Island Feast’ and ‘Jerusalem on a Plate,’ his work has opened up cooking to a wide audience. His work on television has also made him a familiar face for many, broadening his appeal a great deal in the process. Knowing his audience well at this point too, he writes with confidence, laying everything out in a straightforward format. Taking inspiration from other chefs such as Claudia Roden and Nigella Lawson, he’s given his work his own distinct voice and flavor.

Primarily focusing upon non-fiction titles, his work in writing largely concerns itself with cookery and providing easy-to-follow instructions. Many kitchens around the world can testify to his writing, as his recipes have offered people a wider more diverse diet. Taking his own experience as a chef, he writes with years behind him in the culinary industry, giving his work a lot more credibility. And there’s a lot more to come yet, as he isn’t going to be stopping any time soon either, with far more planned for the near future.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Jerusalem, Israel, to Jewish parents on the 14th of December1968, Yotam Ottolenghi was raised in Ramat Denya. Being of German Jewish and Italian Jewish descent, he would spend many of his summers in Italy during his childhood, along with his sister Tirza Florentin. In 1989 he would be conscripted into the Israeli Defence Force, spending three years serving in the IDF intelligence headquarters.

Studying at the Tel Aviv University, he would graduate in 1997 with a combined bachelor’s and masters degree, which would be set in comparative literature. Working as a night copy editor during his time there for the newspaper Haaretz, he would later move to Amsterdam with his partner. Currently living with his partner Karl Allen who he met in 2000, they married in 2012, living in Camden, London, with their two sons.

Writing Career

Beginning working as a pastry chef, Yotam Ottolenghi would soon meet the Palestinian chef Sami Tamimi, and the two of them would bond over Middle Eastern cuisine. Forming a deli together, they would both go on later to write their first book ‘Ottolenghi: The Cookbook’ in 2008. Since then he’s gone on to publish a number of other cookbooks, including ‘Jerusalem’ in 2012, which he also wrote with Sami Tamimi.

Featuring on television in various different shows, he also now owns multiple restaurants and establishments located throughout London. An expert in his field, he brings his expertise to his writing, and has received many awards and nominations in the process. Maintaining a presence offline and on, he continues to put out work regularly, while also continuing to cook and speak about his craft.

Ottolenghi Simple

Originally coming out through the ‘Ten Speed Press’ publishing label, this would first arrive in 2018 on the 6th of September. A straightforward cookbook of Middle-Eastern recipes, it a non-fiction title, with each recipe featuring a clear photograph of the meal. Written by Yotam Ottolenghi himself, it wasn’t written alongside anyone else, with all the recipes and dishes sourced himself. Illustrated in a vivid manner through both words and pictures, the book has a lot to offer, regardless of the readers own skills in the kitchen.

Featured here are 130 different recipes, all packed in to one single book, and all with a Middle-Eastern flavor. Every meal included here typically takes thirty minutes or less, and they also all have ten ingredients or less as well, making them easy to manage. From Brunch to salads to simple side-dishes, it’s all here giving readers a book that’s more than easy to follow every step of the way. Showing how each dish is combined as well, the book really does provide something for everyone when it comes to creating a fully rounded meal.

Using a simple criteria for labelling each of the recipes, the book is well laid out with a clear and concise design. Easy to get out whenever cooking a dish, it’s fast and simple, with ingredients that aren’t too complicated to find. Everything is made convenient for even the most novice chef, making it a definite must for anyone looking to diversify their kitchen.

Plenty

Initially arriving in 2010 on the 1st of May, this would come out through the ‘Ebury Publishing, Random House’ imprint. Bringing together his columns from the Guardian, it’s another straightforward cookbook, with a clear set of recipes to follow. With the photographer Jonathan Lovekin bringing the dishes to life, it would see another subsequent book titled ‘Plenty More’ following it up in 2014.

This collection of recipes comes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘Guardian Weekend’ magazine column titled ‘The New Vegetarian.’ Taking inspiration from his own Mediterranean background, Ottolenghi dedicates this books to the process of efficiently cooking vegetables. While he’s not a vegetarian himself, he takes care to show how to get the most from vegetables so that that they’re their own meal, and not simply a complementary dish for meat. This approach makes it ideal not only for vegetarians, but meat-eaters too, as it fully shows how to get the most out of any single meal.

Everything is once again designed so well, with its clear and vivid imagery coupled with Yotam Ottolenghi’s easy-going manner. With not much technical difficulty to each of the dishes, it’s clearly accessible to a wide-audience once more as well. Ideal as a gift for anyone looking to get into cooking, it’s a perfect introduction to the world of cooking vegetables and getting the most from them.

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