Fri 22 Sep Autumn/Winter 2017

Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh

Friday 22nd September 2017 - 7:30pm

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Stratford Lit Fest is delighted to welcome the man who’s responsible for all the spices we have in our kitchens.

Yotam Ottolenghi will be talking about his inspirations, his cooking philosophy and his eagerly awaited cookbook written with his long-time friend and collaborator Helen Goh. ‘Sweet’ says it all - embracing indulgence, abundance and extravagance, serving up delicacies to celebrate, share and treat those you love. The book is exquisitely photographed by the award-winning New York team Peden + Munk, whose work appears regularly in Bon Appétit. Drawing inspiration from numerous culinary traditions, recipes are included for cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, tarts, pies, puddings and confectionary, from specula as biscuits and financiers to pavlova, panna cotta and Persian love cakes. 

All have the Ottolenghi hallmarks of fresh ingredients, exotic spices and complex flavourings, including fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, star anise, pistachio and cardamom, to name but a few. 

Says Yotam: `This is the book my customers tell me they have been waiting for.’

Yotam Ottolenghi is a cookery writer and chef-patron of the Ottolenghi delis and NOPI restaurant. He writes a weekly column in the Guardian’s Weekend Magazine and has published five bestselling cookbooks: PLENTY and PLENTY MORE and co-authored with Sami Tamimi, OTTOLENGHI: THE COOKBOOK and JERUSALEM. The NOPI Cookbook was co-authored by Ramael Scully in 2015. His collected works have sold over 3 million copies. Yotam has made two Mediterranean Feasts series for More 4, along with a BBC4 documentary, Jerusalem on a Plate. Ottolenghi was awarded the James Beard Award ‘Cooking from a Professional Point of View’ for NOPI in 2016, and ‘International Cookbook’ for Jerusalem in 2013.

Helen Goh was born in Malaysia and moved to Melbourne as a young girl with her food-obsessed Chinese family. When at university studying psychology, she worked at a French bakery on weekends, and eventually found herself as head pastry chef at one of Melbourne’s landmark restaurants. In 2006 Helen moved to London and she went to meet Yotam. The two of them have been eating, baking, discussing and dissecting the sweeter things in life ever since. Helen has her fingers in lots of pies; as well as being Ottolenghi’s product developer, she is also a chartered psychologist and mum.

This event is in partnership with the Stratford Food Festival.


Reserved seating…

for a single ticket including a signed copy of the book

£39 for a double ticket (2 people) including one signed copy of the book

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Note: That certain ticket prices and offers are currently only available via telephone booking 01789 207100, or in person at the Box Office.



That certain ticket prices and offers are currently only available via telephone booking 01789 207100, or in person at the Box Office.

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