Rachel Khoo’s Cookbook Review & Giveaway came about because my friend Ksenia recommended that I get this gig of reviewing cookbooks. It was one of those whoot, whoot moments for me. I get to pick what I want to review and in the interest of truth and honor in the cookbook review code ( there isn’t one that I know of, it just sounded good) I wanted to let you know that two very powerful reasons led me to choose Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook.
First off, Ksenia had reviewed Rachel’s My Little French Kitchen and had me drooling. I’m cookbook obsessed and I’ve picked up Rachel’s work before but never obtained a cookbook. Here was my chance.
My second reason is probably the real reason for my choice. Please, don’t judge me too harshly but I have had a long-standing love affair with Jamie Oliver’s prolific cookbook authorship. Jamie taught me how to cook – Really. One name that ranks up there with Jamie O. is photographer David Loftus. I am absolutely gaga over his work. I think I could be a stalker. ha,ha.
David worked on Rachel’s book and when I saw his name in the list I got from the publisher I thought it would be like winning the Lotto. Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook arrived in my postal box just before our trip to Paris. I flipped thorough the book quickly to capture a sense of Rachel’s work and I drooled all over the pictures David Loftus produced. Yup, you can see the stains as proof.
I couldn’t wait to get back from Paris and immerse myself in the book and in the back of my mind I could totally picture seeing Rachel at a market in Paris. Unfortunately my imagination was not as wild as what actually took place in Paris. The terrorist attacks and the aftermath of Friday November 13th sidetracked my cookbook review job.
After I wrote my series about the trip to Paris I got to work on my next job. David Loftus didn’t disappoint but Rachel Khoo wowed me. Her Kitchen Notebook is 271 pages of beautifully styled works of art. With over 100 recipes from her personal cookbook you get a chance to know Rachel in an intimate way. Here’s what she says about writing cookbooks,
” I feel like I have hit the jackpot. It combines many of my passions: creativity, socializing, and eating!”
This is my first cookbook review so I pity the ones that come after Rachel’s Kitchen Notebook because I don’t think it can be done any better. It has loads of illustrations, snapshots and the most gorgeous styled photos I have ever seen. Oh and to make it even better, the book is peppered with photos of Rachel holding a wine glass. She is my kind of lady.
Even my eight year old daughter was inspired. She looked at it and said, “Mommy, NOW this is how a cookbook should look.” Rachel refers to her parents as “unintended foodie visionaries” I loved how she shares their influence on her life. Rachel has travelled the globe and comes from a multicultural background and she also uses her own unique voice to describe her recipes. Words like:
“Blingy, jazzed, pimped, and dinky” are used throughout her fun stories about each recipe.
The recipes bring influences from London, France and Turkey. A global fusion of sorts. She even has a recipe for someone who is good at burning food Burnt leek parcels with romesco sauce. A lunch in 3 minutes, how easy is that?
I made Cream of tomato soup with crunchy lemon chickpeas from page 18. It was a flavor bomb, so delicious and crazy easy. Peeping Mushroom Pasta on page 79 is next on my checklist. Oh, and the Shepherdless Pie on page 115 that uses Puy Lentils is a drool worthy main that will be cooked up in our little tiny kitchen will be in the cooking rotation in the new year. There is a whole section on Sweets and another on Homemade Treats. The recipes are indexed by title and main ingredient, even distinguished by vegetarian and gluten-free. Like I said Rachel Khoo has thought of it all.
I honestly want to cook every thing. The Publishing Company I am working for has graciously offered one cookbook as a GIVEAWAY. Open to Canadian Residents only. To enter this contest see the end of the post for instructions.
I am under no obligation to sell this cookbook but I wanted to mention that Christmas is right around the corner and this book would make a fabulous gift. If this book sounds like it would tick all your boxes or you can immediately think of someone who would love it. You can order it now and give the gift that will thrill every cook. Click here to order and To Get Your Copy
It comes with the greatest endorsement, here is one last word from Rachel herself.
“My culinary holy grail is to find my cookbook on your bookshelf with greasy fingerprints, food-stain splatters, and your own personal scribbles on the recipes.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed the very first cookbook review from Princess and The Yard Ape. I’d love to hear your comments. Have you ever heard of Rachel Khoo before? What other information should I include in my next review? Any specifics you like? or dislike? I want to gear my articles toward you dear reader so please drop me a line and let me know what you think.
To Enter the Giveaway: Drop my a line that says, “Hey Princess I would so like this cookbook.”
If you refer a friend and they say, “Hey Princess, (insert your name) sent me here.” You will get an extra entry.
Don’t forget contest is open to Canadian residents only. Thanks for your participation.