I have some presents for you, because it’s my birthday. Maninas is 3 today! And I want to celebrate with you! I still can’t believe it’s been three years since my first timid knock on the doors of the food blogging world on 12 May 2007. I can’t believe it’s been so long! And my first post was not even on human food! hehehe
But I digress. We want to know about presies! I’m gifting my readers two of my favourite books, books that have somehow marked my cooking and this blog.
So here is the first book:
Green & Black’s Chocolate recipes
I adore chocolate, so now wonder I adore this book! It tells the stories of chocolate from cocoa pod to muffins, mousses and moles, as they aptly say. It was one of the first books I bought after I started this blog, and I fell in love with it immediately. It’s informative, beatufully presented, and with excellent recipes. I owe some of my first baking attempts, Chocolate Brazil Soft-baked Biscuit and Chocolate Pecan Pie, to it. (And if this gives you a taste for sweet things in life, check out some of my baking posts.)
Indian Kitchen by Monisha Bharadawaj
Indian food has a special place in my heart, and on this blog. Heck, I currently have more Indian recipes here, than British and Croatian put together! (Though I am Croatian, married to a Brit, living in the UK.) This passion started with my first taste of an Indian dish in 1999 in Cambridge! Though I now know that Indian restaurant food is very different from Indian home cooking, I am still a huge fan, and I’ve been learning to cook it properly for the last 3 years. And I’ve learnt a lot during this time from books, friends, fellow bloggers (see my blogroll). If you are trying to make sense of or want to learn more about Indian spices and the myriad of other ingredients in this cuisine, Monisha’s book is one of the best places to start (see Barbara Fisher’s review). It is a comprehensive guide to spices, legumes, herbs, etc. used in Indian cooking, coupled with 200 recipes. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
So, how do you enter the giveaway? Simples! (Sorryyyy I just had to say/write that!) Just leave a comment (one comment per person will count) on this post before 19 May, and let me know which book you would prefer to receive. Winners will be drawn at random and announced shortly after 19 May, everyone is welcome to take part (shipping worldwide). And if you feel like it, let me know what you like or don’t like about this blog. Your comments and feedback are always appreciated and welcome.
I also wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed being a part of the food blogging world, and how much I’ve learnt in the process. So a big thank you to all for sharing your work and passion for food and life.
See also: 1st Anniversary – Confessions: I’ve been heading this way