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Yotam Ottolenghi webchat: Tuesday 12 February, 9pm

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GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 08-Feb-13 12:04:55

We're delighted Yotam Ottolenghi is joining us for a webchat on Tuesday 12 February at 9pm, as part of our Food Feb celebration of food and cooking.

Yotam worked as a pastry chef and then head pastry chef until he established the Ottolenghi deli with Sami Tamimi and Noam Bar in 2002. Since then, he's gone on to open four London outlets and publish three books.

His first, Ottolenghi, was published in 2008, introducing us to a delicious and vibrant array of salads, which are now dinner party favourites. He has since published Plenty, his exclusive collection of vegetarian recipes, which is drawn from his column The New Vegetarian for the Guardian's Weekend magazine, and most recently Jerusalem, which offers inspired, accessible recipes with culinary influences coming from Jerusalem's Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities.

The Ottolenghi app, which has recipes from all his books, is now available for iPhone. And Yotam has recently launched his Ottolenghi webstore, selling a range of produce, wines, gifts and books.

Post your question to Yotam or join the discussion on Tuesday evening at 9pm and you'll be entered into a draw to win one of five copies of Jerusalem.

difficultpickle Wed 13-Mar-13 20:35:43

My book arrived today. Full of beautiful pictures and recipes that I can't wait to try out. Thank you again.

Grockle Mon 25-Feb-13 22:18:39

I'm so excited, thank you so much! I didn't even know I could win a book, I was just really happy that Yottam answered my question. He is now very definitely my favourite & I am looking forwards to drooling over my new book. Hooray!

difficultpickle Mon 25-Feb-13 22:08:05

Thank you. I didn't check this thread after the webchat so only found out when I got Rachel's PM today that I'd been lucky enough to get a copy of Yotam's new book. I can't wait to try out some of his new recipes grin

StellaMarie Tue 19-Feb-13 11:53:59

THANK YOU - As if I wasn't excited enough to get my question answered I get a book too! I just had a clear out of the cookbooks too so there's space on the shelf, can't wait!!!

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Feb-13 10:55:58

Five copies of Yotam's Jerusalem have been won ! Congratulations to: tallpoppies, fromthehealthyheart, Grockle, StellaMarie and bisjo. We'll be pming you with more details later today.

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Grockle Wed 13-Feb-13 20:17:27

I too have a new crush grin

Thank you Yotam... lovely webchat. I am going to try the paste thing next week.

BellaBearisWideAwake Wed 13-Feb-13 18:03:22

OMGOMGOMG my question got answered! Wooooo

(RachelMumsnet - you can indeed make gorgeous houmous, but there's something different about the amazing stuff you buy in Israel, and the pitta there is so much nicer. Nevermind, I'll just have to plan another trip!)

EnglishGirlApproximately Wed 13-Feb-13 14:53:40

Just reading this again. Was very excited at having my question answered. I'm glad he was lovely or I would have been so disappointed. Very jealous of filibears wink. I think I have a new crush.

thepeanutsparent Wed 13-Feb-13 14:48:40

Swoon swoon swoon. Gutted I missed this. He is just the most delicious man ever. yay4may try the TFC Turkish food centre in dalston - they have EVERYTHING. Or any shop on green lanes I hear. Hth

gazzalw Wed 13-Feb-13 11:31:03

Yay4may I know exactly what you mean. Tomatoes in the UK, unless home-grown, taste and smell of nothing to appetise the palate!

Yay4may Wed 13-Feb-13 10:50:18

Think I had a minor crush which has now exploded into full blown after reading responses here - sadly I missed last night.

I can highly recommend the mushroom parcels for the vegetarian dinner party. You can make ahead they have wow factor and are really tasty, a bit on the plainer side of Yotom's dishes but a perfect base to a an all veg meal with strong flavours in the other dishes . Go easy on the chevril and the Pernod though. Also I used dried chevril and it wasn't as nice as fresh. if you can't get fresh, substitute dill, it works so well I almost preferred it.

The cucumber discussion made me think of my tomato woe, I CANNOT find good tomatoes in London. The ones they sell in even nice shops here are abysmal. I honestly can't believe they charge money for them. You don;t have to have to go to Jersulem to know good tomatoes - I am from canada and our worst tomato is head and shoulders above those in the UK. Sorry, I could rant about tomatoes all day long because as our crush says, a bad tomato can break a dish.

Can anyone recommend a place i.e. perhaps a favourite Turkish Shop in north London for produce?

gazzalw Wed 13-Feb-13 06:33:20

Yotam has to be my male crush! He's fabulous grin!

orangina Tue 12-Feb-13 23:27:32

I heart yotam

WilsonFrickett Tue 12-Feb-13 22:41:07

Isn't he just luffly?

Piffle Tue 12-Feb-13 22:37:56

Yotam gave me my cooking mojo back several months ago after watching Jerusalem where I salivated for days and dreamed of the food.
The book is fantabulous and the shop... well that is why we work right?

fromthehealthyheart Tue 12-Feb-13 22:15:47

Yes my local Turkish shop sells the tiny cucumbers, They are totally delicious.

EnglishGirlApproximately Tue 12-Feb-13 22:09:02

Thanks Yotam! And thanks MNHQ, great web chat smile

YotamOttolenghi Tue 12-Feb-13 22:07:57

Everybody, thanks so much for all the questions! They were great. I am sure I will be back with tons of requests of advice on the parenting front. x

YotamOttolenghi Tue 12-Feb-13 22:06:29


Just want to add my message of thanks and adoration!

I'm not sure I agree about you writing a cookbook for babies, but I do like the idea someone earlier gave of compiling a book of quicker recipes for those of us who love cooking but just don't have the time and can't get to one of your restaurants.

i guess i should compile a list of all the quick recipes i've published.

IAmJ Tue 12-Feb-13 22:05:08

Lots of great tips! One last question: favorite way to have labneh?

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Feb-13 22:04:31

We've come to the end of the hour. Thanks so much to you all for your questions and huge thanks to Yotam for fitting us in to your crazy schedule. Massive congratulations from us all at Mumsnet on the arrival of your son and do come back if you need any assistance or advice from mumsnetters in the future smile. Thanks for all the great advice tonight and for getting through so many questions.

EnglishGirlApproximately Tue 12-Feb-13 22:04:16

I've just logged into the online store and its made me hungry! I think my credit card might be coming out of retirement.

difficultpickle Tue 12-Feb-13 22:04:02

Thank you!!

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