Take a look at this. The Ottolenghi cookbook has been voted book of the month for August in this popular American website.
Seems like the book is making some waves across the pond and it makes us very proud!
Congratulations, Yotam and Sami! I know many people who enjoy cooking from your book - I am of course one of them too! Keep inspiring us.
We who have bought the book are totally passionate about the recipes. I first discovered Ottolenghi through the Guardian UK recipes....well, that's not true. I first heard of Ottolenghi from greedygirl on Chowhound.com. After that I looked up the recipes and made some of the fritters. Completely hooked, I bought the book and have loved everything I've made, even though I have to translate the measurements from UK to US.
What a wonderful find. I also love the Rose Bakery Cookbook, but Ottolenghi outshines even that. Three cheers for Yotam and Sammi! Hip, hip hooray!
Looking forward to this month.
I've been championing your book on Chowhound for months - and it's finally worked! Lots of people are wanting to know if there's any likelihood of a US edition of the book. Any news?
I have eaten at your Islington resteraunt many times and especially love your salads. Recently I bought your recipe book. It works great when one can buy the relevant ingridients but that is often VERY DIFFICULT. For instance, I have searched in vain on the web for over an hour to try and find where I can get golden beetroot. Can you give me a clue?
Your frustrated follower,
Thanks for the hard work. I am afraid a US edition is out of my hands but I will pass this on to the publisher, Random House.
Ken, I am sorry about the frustration. I always make an effort to include a range of possible sources when I mention unusual ingredients.
Golden beetroot is out of season now and will only be available again in the autumn and winter. I have spotted it in the past in farmers markets, green grocers and even, once or twice, at Waitrose. I hope you can wait.
Obviously totally in love with your restaurants,cooking and book but I made the sweet potato gratin you say 2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt which made it inedible. Is this right?
Sorry Karen! Have a look: http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/blog/2009/10/05/our-mistake/
I had lunch in your shop/restaurant and really enjoyed everything about it.
I particularly liked the way in which the food was presented and wondered if you can tell me where you get your large white plates from - or what make they are.
I visited your notting hill deli when i was in london in july, i had the best salads ever. now im pregnant and craving the eggplant salad with the pickled lemon and turmeric yogurt dressing, so can you please send me the recipe?
Thanks Mike. I have collected our service platters from many places. Whenever I see one I just get it.
Miriam, I am afraid I can't satisfy you cravings. Recipes that aren't published remain our trade secrets. All the best.
I live in New Zealand and my daughter who lives in London dined at your restaurant, bought several copies of your book and brought them back to New Zealand to distribute to friends and family.
I am a keen cook and have tried out most of your recipes on dinner guests and always the meal gets high praise. I love the book.
That's great. I hope to be visiting New Zealand next year. Sounds like the moet beautiful place on the planet.
We need this book in spanish!!!
MMMh I love your book! and your food even more.
In Brussels I can find most of your ingredients (spices, broad beans, herbs, etc) at a great small Arabic shop called L'Etoile (chaussée de Boondael in Ixelles)
Good luck for everything!
Please do pass on to your publisher that there are many American cooks who would LOVE to get their hands on a US edition of your book.
Macadi, Victoire, Adela,
It is so fantastic and gratifying to learn how popular the book has become around the world. I will pass these messages on to the publisher here.
After eating at the restaurant in Islington I bought the book and am now a confirmed fan. I'm coming to London next week, and would love to pick up some of the ingredients I need (sumac, za'atar, pomegranate molasses) etc. Can you recommend a place where I can buy them please?
Marion, I suggest a trip to Edgware rd. There's lots of great Lebanese restaurants in the area, plus the ultimate shop for Middle-eastern produce, Green Valley, 36 Upper Berkeley, W1H 5QF.
I purchased your cook book here in Australia. It has made such an impression on me that I am coming to London next week to visit. I just don't know which Ottolenghi I should visit. We are stayng in Kensington and want to visit your cafe in Kensington but would like to have an Ottolenghi restaurant experience as well. What would you recommend? Are there any Indian restuarants in London you would recommend?
The full Ottolenghi experience is available in our restaurant in Islington, Upper street. I recommend the you go there.
A good, but expensive, Indian restaurant is Amaya in Belgravia. A simpler option is Sagar, on King Street, in Hammersmith.
This book has given us more pleasure and bliss than any other cookbook ever. Since I was given it on Aug 10 for my birthday I have cooked from it almost every night with amazing results. Thank you all for the inspirational food. Tonight we are going to try the restaurant in Islington for a real treat.
I'm a huge fan! I love the freshness & inventiveness of the dishes (an approach I find I now bring to other dishes as well)...the richness and bounty of the presentation...and the generosity in giving credit to the team.
My introduction was through my London-living sister who's a fan and introduced me to the book, the Guardian column, the Notting Hill shop and, yes, the splendid catering service.
I share the experience that it's not easy to get all the ingredients but with some digging (& a few adventures) have found everything I wanted. I'm in boston. We do have a good size middle eastern community so perhaps I'm a little advantaged, but-->
Who needs an American edition?!! Anyone put off the English edition isn't fully worthy!
Thanks Moira. Keep on cooking!
Hey Victoire, (post 17) you recommended "L'Etoile, for ingredients in Ch Boondael, Bruxelles - well I searched from one end to the other with no success! Do you know the number on the street, or can you tell me whereabouts it is on the street please?
I bought the book, took it to work. Its infectious - they are all cooking from it and several copies have been bought. I have replaced my copy so many times that I have lost count.
How about Vol.2?
Andrea, thanks you. Volume 2 will have to wait a bit longer but it will come.
Please, please, please can you do a veggie cookbook? Loving the stuff in saturday's Guardian.....
Liz, it's coming. I will write more about it soon but it is due on May 6th 2010.