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Cooking, Middle Eastern

Jan 10, 2014Jerusalem, a 2012 cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, returns to the list at No. 13.
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Aug 30, 2013 — At No. 13, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore a city's food in their cookbook Jerusalem.
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Dec 25, 2012 — The rebels, rule breakers and renegades who rule this year's Top 10 list aren't looking for a Ph.D. in Traditional Cooking. They're pleasure seekers whose books are filled with quirky facts, gorgeous pictures and ingredients deployed in unexpected places.
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Oct 15, 2012 — Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi say their latest cookbook is a chance to re-imagine the recipes of their childhoods, reminiscing about Jerusalem's open-air food markets and street food.
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Mar 9, 2011 — Egypt is an old country brimming with a young population. Yasmine Mariam Kloth, a young Egyptian-American writer, offers a literary crash course on the country's vibrant history and culture.
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Apr 12, 2005 — Diana Abu-Jaber's new book is a memoir told through food. It explores the lessons food can bring about cultural identity, faith and love.
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