An Evening with Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley

Date: Wednesday 25 March 2020
Location: Hatchards, Piccadilly

Falastin is a modern Middle Eastern Cookbook, a love letter to a place and its people.

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The companion volume to the ground-breaking, multi-award-winning Jerusalem by the co-writers of Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, Jerusalem and Simple, and two years in the making, Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley‘s work is complimented by Jenny Zarin’s exceptional photography and an Introduction by Yotam Ottolenghi.

This is the book I’ve wanted to write for many years. There are so many Palestinian recipes and Palestinian stories I want to share…Falastin, which is the name of the book I’ve created with Ottolenghi long-timer Tara Wigley as my co-author, is our chance to home in and focus on the food, people and stories of Palestine. – Sami Tamimi

We are thrilled to welcome both Sami and Tara here at Hatchards this evening to discuss their travels, and the tastes of Palestinian cuisine.

£10 tickets are available at the bookshop and online here.

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In Falastin, Tara and Sami have picked up the baton where it was left after Jerusalem. Once again, this is a purely delicious affair (you can take my word for it; I was lucky enough to be there when they tested the recipes). It is based on Sami’s childhood in Palestine and Tara’s journey into the universe of tahini, za’atar and shatta. Being the two formidable culinary forces that they are, Tara and Sami are the best guides I can possibly think of to take you into this world, to learn, like me, to enjoy it and absolutely love it.

– Yotam Ottolenghi

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Sami Tamimi was born and raised in Jerusalem and was immersed in food from childhood. Sami moved to London in 1997 and worked at Baker and Spice as head chef. In 2002 he partnered with Noam Bar and Yotam Ottolenghi to set up Ottolenghi in Notting Hill. The company now has four stores and two restaurants, NOPI and ROVI, all in central London. In his position as the executive head chef, Sami is involved in developing and nurturing young kitchen talents and creating new dishes and innovative menus. Alongside Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi is co-author of two bestselling cookbooks; Ottolenghi: The Cookbook and Jerusalem: A Cookbook.

Tara Wigley – Tara worked in publishing for the best part of a decade before switching to food and writing in 2010. She trained at the Ballymaloe cookery school in Ireland before starting to work with Yotam in 2011. For the first year she tested recipes with Yotam in his West London flat before taking on the role of writing collaborator. Tara was very involved with the creation of PLENTY MORE and is credited on the title page with the writing of NOPI: THE COOKBOOK, SWEET, the re-launched edition of OTTOLENGHI: THE COOKBOOK and SIMPLE. Tara first visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem 20 years ago. During the course of researching and writing FALASTIN, she has returned to the area many times.

An Evening with Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley

Wednesday 25th March, 6.30pm

Hatchards, Piccadilly

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