I have been very lucky working just around the corner from Ottolenghi deli in Belgravia London. I became his big fan first through buying my daily lunches at his eatery. Later came the desire to recreate his beautiful food at home and purchase his books. I have them all: Ottolenghi, Plenty and Jerusalem
My favourite is the first one because of his delicious cakes recipes, however his latest Jerusalem (my Xmas present), will take you on a journey and make you smile every time you try a new recipe. The second one is vegetarian, and wow, how he makes vegetarian food tasty and look exciting - even for my husband, who is a meat lover.
It is hard for me to describe his style - it surprises you, addicts you, makes you want more and show shows that even a boring dish can be made beautiful and so different.
My absolute favourite is fresh berries and white chocolate tarts - OMG - heaven on earth.
The great news is that SBS have bought rights to 'Jerusalem on a Plate' and 'Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Feast'.
You can follow him on Facebook or sign up to his blog and even order some of his goodies. There is one more place where you can look: The Guardian, where you can get more of his exciting recipes.
The best thing is that all recipes I have tried so far did work the first time - which is a pretty seldom with cooking books.
For the lucky ones living/travelling to UK, there are also Ottolenghi cooking classes, but please check his website for more details.
I cannot stop speaking about how great all 3 books are to my friends and family, so I thought I will share my experience with you, so you can smile and enjoy them too.
The only thing we are missing and asking' pretty please' at this point is to open a store in Australia.