Very soon, my debut Asian cookbook – Lemongrass & Ginger: Vibrant Asian Recipes will be published! I must say that it has been a wonderful journey, from writing to the printing of the actual book. The day when I got the printed copies of the book in my hand, I got really emotional and excited. I almost couldn’t believe that I was actually holding the real book, a book that I have written, which I spent a lot of time drafting, writing, cooking and testing. I am very very glad with the end result of this beautiful cookbook!
The official launch date of my cookbook in the US is on the 4th April 2012. As for the UK and Australia, it is on the 12th April 2012. I have set up a dedicated page for my cookbook. On this page, you will get a sneak preview of my book and read a little bit what my book covers. Besides, I have also included some links where you could purchase it online.
In Asia, Lemongrass & Ginger: Vibrant Asian Recipes will be stocked at major bookstores. You can buy online on Kinokuniya.
Major bookstores in the US, Australia and UK will stock the book when it is published.
In Europe, so far, I have the below information where you can it.
- Austria – Babette’s Spice and Books for Cooks: Pernstich KG Schleifmuehlgasse 17/Muehlgasse 9, 1040 – Wien Austria.
- Germany – The British-Bookshop: Boersenstrasse 17, D-60313 Frankfurt / Germany (email@example.com)
- Switzerland – Orell Fuessli The Bookshop: Bahnhofstrasse 70, 8001 Zurich.
Please bear with me as I will be getting a longer list of the bookshops that will stock my book in any other countries that I haven’t mentioned. So, watch this space! I will provide the information as soon as I receive.
Now, the good news is, I have 2 signed copies of Lemongrass & Ginger: Vibrant Asian Recipes to giveaway! TO WIN, please read the following instructions:
- This giveaway is opened to all readers in the world! The winner will be randomly chosen using random.org.
- For a chance to win, just leave a comment.
- Like my Facebook, then leave a separate comment.
- Follow @mycookinghut on Twitter (if not already done so) and tweet Lemongrass & Ginger cookbook giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/7wvd8b4 @mycookinghut , then leave a separate comment.
- Share on Facebook, then leave a separate comment.
For the tomato essence:
•850g cherry tomatoes
•1/2 small fennel, sliced
•1 garlic clove, finely sliced
•1/4 celery stick, chopped
•1/4 shallot, finely sliced
•1 sprig fresh basil
•1 sprig fresh thyme
•2 -3 drops Tabasco sauce
•1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
For the risotto:
•2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
•1 onion, finely chopped
•1 garlic clove, crushed
•250g risotto rice, such as carnaroli
•Salt and freshly ground black pepper
•150g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1cm/½in cubes
•400ml tomato essence
•10 cherry tomatoes, halved
•80g asparagus, cut into 5cm lengths
•4 tsp freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
To make the tomato essence, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together.Place the mixture, in batches, into a food processor and pulse five times for 1-2 seconds each time. Transfer the purée into a large bowl and repeat until all of the vegetables have been puréed.
Cover the bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for six hours. Line a clean bowl with a large piece of muslin and spoon in the tomato mixture. Draw the corners of the muslin cloth together and tie up tightly. String the muslin ‘bag’ up above the bowl to catch the strained juices. Leave to strain overnight. (Do not be tempted to squeeze the muslin.) Once strained, cover and refrigerate until needed.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. To make the risotto, heat a pan over a medium heat, add the olive oil and gently fry the onion for 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Add the rice, stirring well to coat in the olive oil. Fry for 1-2 minutes, or until the rice is translucent. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Place the halved (or whole) cherry tomatoes onto a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast in the oven for 5-6 minutes, or until the tomatoes are just tender and collapsed slightly.
Add the butternut squash to the pan and mix well. Add the water and half of the tomato essence, then bring to a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes. Place the remaining tomato essence into a saucepan and warm through.
By now, the rice should have absorbed all of the liquid. Remove the lid and stir well. Add the asparagus cook for a couple of minutes. Add the peas and parmesan and stir well, adding a little water if the risotto is too dry.To serve, spoon the risotto into a small serving bowl. Top with a few roasted tomatoes, a little sprinkling of parmesan.
Looks fab. Would love to win one. x
Already like on Facebook 🙂
Already follow on Twitter @JoTurner5. haHe just tweeted about giveaway!
Enter me! I already have it preordered but would love to win a copy for a friend.
I already like you on Facebook.
I follow you on twitter @icywit and tweeted the giveaway.
Love the sound of this book, hope is does well for you 🙂
Shared on Facebook. x
Congrats on your new book. Looks very nice indeed. Love the fact that my favourite Singapore chill crab dish in included i the book.
Just realised I could very well be the first person to comment so hopefully I will win the book 🙂
i love asian food and enjoy cooking it. i’d love to get this cookbook
I would love to win one of these but I’ll be buying a copy if I don’t 🙂
Congratulation on your new published book! I would love to be the first to have a copy of this book and try the recipes.
To everyone in the world, yippee!!
I looked at the ‘sneak preview’ it looks great!! I would really like to win 😛
Hmm, I’m the first one to comment (less chance to win I think, but hey: I’m the first 😀 ).
I already like you on Facebook.
And shared the link on Facebook too.
I don’t have a Twitter-account, so this is it for me :).
I hope you sell a lot of your books!
Looks like an awesome cookbook!
Amazing looking cookbook. Congratulations on getting it published. I imagine it took so much time, effort and dedication to do something like this.
Am following you on Twitter as LaraQ07
it looks fantastic i would love a copy
i liked you
i already follow you
That is AWESOME! Congrats.
I already liked your FB page!
I already follow you on Twitter.
I shared the link on FB!
How exciting ~ your cookbook looks great!!
Oh please pick me, your book looks gorgeous!
Liked you on FB too! 🙂
Congrats on your book! Would love to win a copy – it looks divine!
Love the flavors of lemongrass and ginger!
Congrats on your new book! I ran across your blog on foodblogs.com this evening and navigated my way here! Beautiful site!
I like your page on Facebook. (Christina Almond)
I am following you on Twitter and tweeted your giveaway:
Shared on Facebook:
Can’t wait to try your cookbook! It looks amazing!
I hope it’s me!
The time has finally come, Leemei! Congratulations! I hope to win this “signed” book. I peeked your cookbook and it looks like there are so many great recipes in there. The pictures are stunning! I should also stop by Kinokuniya to check out your books while I’m in Japan. 🙂
Already following your facebook.
Already following and tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/justonecookbook/status/186302561387675650
So excited for your cookbook publication! Would love to try some of the recipes!
I follow My Cooking Hut on TwItter.
Yum,yum,yum & super cute!hope I win one!
This looks amazing! Sign me up!
Would love to have it!
Liked your Facebook!
I am your new Twitter follower –> @tinymum
I tweeted your giveaway!
Congratulations again Leemei. The book looks really special. What a proud moment for you 🙂
I love the book title! Inspiring.
I’d love a copy of your book! 🙂
Liked your Facebook page!
And shared this giveaway on Facebook too 🙂
The book cover and your preview pics look very nice! Congrats on your book.
Congrats on the new book!
The book looks Fab 😀 following as @ldeadman80
Liked on facebook
Congratulations on your new book! Longing to win a cookbook for the very first time!
so very happy for you my friend. I should have that book!
I follow you on twitter and tweeted the giveaway
and like you on facebook
that’s brilliant leemei! congratulations!! I would love to win a copy, and already do follow on twitter (:
I shared on facebook!
Gorgeous, what a lovely giveaway! Please enter me into the prize draw
already liking on facebook
following on twitter already and have tweeted @maxineflossy
have shared link on facebook!
Big congrats on your new book 😀 looking fantastic!
Wah really hope i got this chance :P…. will like ur faceboopk when u get home….
Finally the much awaited moment has come! Congrats again!! I’m going to check out your cookbook at Kino soon. 😉
Some of those recipes sound delish!
Like on FB
Just followed and tweeted! @GeorgeBee69
Shared on FB
wow would like to try out the recipes
Have liked on facebnook.
Liked on Facebook & love cooking with ginger
It looks full of interesting and exciting recipies. Gaining a wider awareness of lemon grass is something I am looking forward to.
Congratulations – please enter me too – my favorite cuisine
Have just discovered your blog – looks gorgeous! 🙂
already liked your fb.
i WANT I WANT
I would love to win this awesome cookery book 🙂 x
Have liked you on facebook, my facebook name is Charlotte Mountford 🙂 x
Have followed you on Twitter, my handle is @CharlieBarlie21 x
I have shared your page on facebook, my facebook name is Charlotte Mountford 🙂 x
Great giveaway! Thank you x Please pop my name in the hat!
I am already a FB fan Tracy K Nixon
I am already a follower on Twitter and have tweeted @tracyknixon
I have shared on FB as Tracy K Nixon
ooooo how exciting, would love to win 1 as im soooooo into my food xxx
i was alr following u on facebook x
shared on facebook x
alr following on twitter but also tweeted the competition tweet
im @MelanieMse on there xxx
Already liking My Cooking Hut on facebook
Shared on facebook
Already follow on twitter as @Maria__Turner
tweeted as @Maria__Turner
Fingers crossed to win your fab book – it looks great! 🙂
We love Asian cuisine
Like you on fb
Haved ‘Liked’ on facebook
Have Shared as well
The book looks absolutely amazing! I love the photos/styling. Congratulations on a job well done. 🙂
Fingers crossed I win, but even if I don’t I will end up getting it anyhow!
Am following on FB (didn’t realise you had a page, duh!)
And have tweeted. 🙂
Just reading the name made my mouth water, before I even got as far as the description!
shared on twitter 🙂
I’ve liked your Facebook page
liked your facebook page 😀
Following you on Twitter and have tweeted @janesgrapevine
What a fab book! Congratulations! I love cook books, and collect them.
shared the giveaway on Facebook too!
Follow on Twitter as @maximka25
Liked on Facebook as well! and left a comment there too! xxx
Tweeted about your giveaway too! @maximka25
Would love to win this. Looks really interesting.
Following on twitter and have tweeted @01592_katie
Liked on Facebook Kate Cunningham @01592_katie
Yayyyyy ! This is wonderful news ! Congratulations ! I just can’t wait to get hold of a copy of this. Always been a great fan of you 🙂
Congratulations Leemei. I’m so happy for you. I’m already your follower on fb and twitter.
I love this!
I already follow on Twitter 🙂
I already like your FB
Looks fantastic and is making me hungry 😀
Liked on FB too
And shared on FB too….
Followed and retweeted @lornaj1973)
Love Asian food so much! Really miss them a lot.
Followed on Facebook
fab page on fb already a fan x
fab give away have tweeted thanks
have shared on facebook thanks x
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Following on Twitter and tweeted as @kelliefaggle
Shared on FB : )
Thank you for a fab comp
Looks beautiful! I hope to win 🙂
Liked on facebook!
Mouth watering! Have shared on FB
Congratulations! Your book looks truly fabulous 🙂
I would love to win a copy please!
I’d love to win your fantastic looking cookbook.Please enter me!
I have also liked your facebook
I have shared on facebook.
I have tweeted too.
Can’t wait to check it out!
Wow… This book looks so awesome… Can’t wait to get a copy of it… Thanks so much
Wow, i would love to win this.as i loveasian food and would like to make recipes myself
I liked your facebook page
I follow you on twitter under @jo_d13 and tweeted about your giveaway https://twitter.com/#!/Jo_d13/status/186633756906487808
I also shared the link on facebook
I would like to win.
Wow…your new book looks incredible and delicious!!! Congratulations
Congrats, Leemei! I am excited for you.
When I first got hold of my cookbook, I started flipping it like I have never read it before though the contents was all created and written by myself. You must be feeling this way too.
Congrats ! Already liked your page and followed you for a long long time.
All the best !
I would LOVE to own a copy of your book!
I am following you on twitter and have tweeted give away @bblossom_
Congratulations on your book being published such a wonderful achievement!
Hooray!! The wait is finally over! Looking forward to having a look at it!
I’ve liked you on facebook
Am following you on twitter and have tweeted the giveaway!
Congrats on your new book and THANKS: great giveaway!
Already like on Facebook
I also shared the link on facebook 🙂
Just saw your book on Amazon. It looks like a very interesting. I will bookmark your blog to read later on.
thanks for this giveaway!
liked you on facebook
Your book looks beautiful!
For anyone who loves to eat and cook asian food this is THE book to own. With so many inspiring recepies you will always find something fantastic to spoil that special someone in your life.
Please enter me in the draw.
I love asian food and enjoy cooking it. i’d love to get this cookbook
Congrats Leemei for your book!
I like your FB page!
I shared your link on Facebook!
I also shared the link on twitter!
This would be perfect so that I can cook food to welcome my new Indonesian daughter-in-law
I like you on Facebook Ruth Mse Tesdale
I follow you on Twitter and have tweeted @RuthMarianna
I have shared the link on Facebook Ruth Mse Tesdale
Thanks for the reminder. Hopefully i’ll win one of your book :). Thank you!
congratulations Leemei on your cookbook!
I have liked you on FB (all this time) 🙂
Congratulations on your new book!!!
This sounds like a great book – Congratulations!
Fantastic prize. Thanks for offering this up.
I like you on facebook
Following on Twitter, and I tweeted as @mumoffunkids
I shared on facebook too.
Lovely fresh colours for you new book Leemei “Bonne Chance”
Who knows may be it will be in my kitchen very soon !!!!! xx
Love the look of the book, would love to try some new recipes. I hope you have great success with it.
Like on facebook already as Paul Kay
Following on twitter already @pompeypaul30 and tweeted here
Shared on Facebook
Congratulations on your new book. Cannot wait to see it!
I see there is a recipe for chili crab there – my favorite recipes!
Wow, congratulations on you new book…looks awesome! Beautiful cover, simple and elegant!
Good luck Leemei 🙂
Would love to have a copy of your book for inspiration !!
Again, congratulation on your book! I am super excited for you and happy that you had come from a long way to accomplish this beautiful dream. Much love and support!
The book looks great! Congrats!
Sounds like a fab book ! Would love to win one 🙂
Your cookbook looks beautiful. Congratulations!
I wish the Luck is with me :)). Congratulations Leemei!
Have liked your FB page
The book looks beautiful – well done!
Have tweeted the tweet and am following you @LouiseRWs
liked you on fb
Already liked your FB page, Lovely book, I would love to try the recipes. 🙂 is it available at Jakarta’s Kinokuniya?
Pictures look lovely and the book well laid out. Would love to own a copy.
Looks really delicious – my favourite flavours 🙂
Already like you on FB
Already following @mycookinghut on Twitter & tweeted
Shared on FB
OMG …Leemei, I checked out your book today at Barnes & Noble and was telling my hubby that I know this girl!! LOVED it..the pictures & recipes everything! Congrats on a job well done!!!!
What beautiful photos from your book! Looks lovely and I want to try every one of those recipes. Yummy.
Following you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/teslaca/status/188983791170236417
I have followed and Rt’d on twitter
Just want to say well done to everything you have achieved, good luck for the future! 🙂
twitter : @marcelsouce
Looks amazing! I’d love the chance to try some of the recipes out. x
Congratulation on your cookbook. I hope I win 🙂
Congratulation on your cookbook 🙂
I have like your facebook page
I have follow you on twitter and RT the giveaway link via @cuisineparadise
The book is awesomeMaximus
I’d love to have this wonderful book.
Love collecting cookbook and trying out the recipe. I hope I can win one! Follow on tweeter and like on Facebook!
Would love to try out these fab recipes!
Am following you on twitter now, would love to add your cookbook to my collection…fingers crossed!
What a gorgeous looking book. I’d love to win one!
Sounds absolutely lovely! I look forward to havina a look at it 😀
Wow, congratulations! Can’t wait to see it, or fingers crossed perhaps even win it! Your photography and recipes have been very inspiring to date, here is to more!
I ment Beautiful! 🙂
Very inspirational! Would love to grab a copy of the book!!!!
It would be lovely to win your book. It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to dive into it!
WOW what an amazing cook book with mouth watering pictures! Leemi, I can see how much effort you’ve put into this!
will like you on facebook and will tweet about it as well, i am all for women doing extraordinary and simply creative things 😉
WOW what an amazing cook book with mouth watering pictures! Leemei, I can see how much effort you’ve put into this!
will like you on facebook and will tweet about it as well, i am all for women doing extraordinary and simply creative things 😉
Would love to win one of your cookbook!
Liked your fb page!
Just tweeted about the giveaway.(:
shared it on fb.(:
Congrats on the cookbook! Cannot wait to get my copy 🙂
Great giveaway, thanks!
Liked your fb page!
Also shared it on fb!!
Well done! You must be so excited. The book looks gorgeous.
I’m following on Twitter and have tweeted.
What a beautiful cookbook! would love to win one! already liked your page on facebook & twitter
congrats liked n sharecd
Looks fabulous! Congrats!!!
Congrats! Love the cover of the book!
I’d love to try out the recipes!
Congrats Leemei, love to have a copy of your stunning book to try out the tempting recipes!
i love trying new food 🙂
liked on fb – isabelle smith
Congratulations… on your cookbook 😀
‘Already’ liked your FB
‘already’ following you on Twitter and twitted 😀
And shared on FB … 😀
Congrats 😉 Liked and shared and just found out you’re from Kedah, wow! Same here! Beaute cover!
Congratulations on your new cookbook which look very interesting – recipes that I would love to try and would be great if I could win one.
Thanks for this giveaway
Congratulations & thanks for a chance in this giveaway! Lemongrass & Ginger is such a lovely name. It reminds me of my mum’s garden.
Looks like a lovely book, would be great to win a copy 🙂
Looks great, would make a wonderful addition to my Asian cookbook collection!
Looks amazing! I would love to add this to my collection!
I just learned about your cookbook from ‘Rasa Malaysia’. How exciting! The cover is absolutely beautiful. I would never have thought of that color combination myself. It will really stand out in a bookstore. I will be checking in at your blog from now on.
Would love to win this ^_^ Good luck all!
Love the sound of these recipes
Would love to win – cookbooks are my secret vice! Shhhh 🙂 @pipersky1
Already a liker on FB 🙂 @pipersky1
Already a follower on Twitter and have tweeted @pipersky1 🙂
Shared on facebook 🙂 @pipersky1
love the blog and would really love to have a copy of your cookbook
ID LOVE TO WIN
already like facebook page Claire Bbdiva Butler
alraedy twitter follower @bbdiva1977
shared on facebook, Claire Bbdiva Butler
Looks easy and yummy! liked and shared on FB!
Looks like a gorgeous book!
Would love to win
Would love to win this!
I have also liked you on Facebook.
Following on Facebook. This book looks amazing
liked on fb – sarah catherine parker
followed on twitter – @snarepuss
shared on fb – sarah catherine parker
If I don’t win, I’ll definitely have to buy this book!
Have liked your page on Facebook.
Followed and tweeted. @nomibcf
Gorgeous looking book. I love Asian food so would so love to win this xx
Liked on facebook……
………and tweeted as @CaramelRoux. Congratulations on your book x
Awesome comp 😀
Like on FB Soozy Bowe
Following on Twitter & RT’d @SoozyBee
Shared on FB Soozy Bowe
Looks like a beautiful book! 🙂
Liked on Facebook – Natalie Henderson
Follow and tweeted on twitter – @natz101
Shared post on Facebook – Natalie Henderson
Looks like a fab book
Book looks amazing, will order as soon as possible.
Great book, would love one! 🙂
Already like you on facebook
Already following you on twitter (@enderit)
Have shared on facebook
This would be great to add to my recipe book collection. Once a week I make sure I put aside time to make a meal from my books, I love doing it and wish I had the time to make it more than once a week.
I’m a follower on twitter as @sjess82 & I’ve tweeted too.
I’m also a liker on your Facebook page as Shelley Jessup
Ooh congrats I bet it feels great having your book in print. I adore Asian cooking and eating!! Love the fragrancy of the dishes and woul see this being used a lot.
I like the facebook page
I follow you on twitter (@ATasteOfMyLife) and tweeted the giveaway.
just twitted about the giveaway! hope to win one of the copy!
What a cute looking book! And the recipes look fascinating. Good luck with the launch!
Following you on Twitter @bethcomps, great comp thank you!
I’ve retweeted on of your tweets and have been following you on Twitter for a while, so want this 🙂