May 13, 2014

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

I love the movie, West Bank Story! It is a musical spoof of West Side Story and involves 2 fast food restaurants in the West Bank: Kosher King and Hummus Hut. David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a lovely Palestinian cashier, fall in love in the midst of animosity and rivalry. The music is frolicsome and the antics amusing with an underlying message of getting along. It was the 2006 Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film. I strongly recommend it.

Jersusalem: A Cookbook resonates the movie's themes. Two chefs, coming from a history of ethnic conflict, collaborate on a book, only the love story is about food. Amazon offers this description of the book:
In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; in Jerusalem, he and Tamimi have collaborated to produce their most personal cookbook yet.
This book provides a brief history of Jerusalem, the factors that developed the region's food culture, and the passions of both chefs. I have gathered great inspiration from it.


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