giveaway: wander to wonder turns one!

06 June 2014

Last year on the 3rd of June, I took the plunge and hit publish on my first post (about a burger, obviously).

I was blogging irregularly at first, but from around last August onwards, I've posted every other day almost without fail, making this my 164th post. Crazy!

The time has flown by, I've made some wonderful virtual blogging friends, and your support, comments and general loveliness has made me even more passionate about this little hobby of mine.

Now, I've always been on the fence with giveaways and such. I'm still not convinced that it's the best way to say a big thank you as I will only be able to give a gift to one of you, but until I can think of a better way to show my appreciation this will have to do - at least you're in with a chance! I hope you don't mind.

I've decided to do a cookbook-themed giveaway because:
1) My blog is often centred around food, there's no denying it
2) You can impress your family and friends with summertime dinner parties
3) Cookbooks are pretty and look nice in your kitchen
4) If all else fails, they can serve as a coffee table read so you can pretend to guests that you cook.

We all have different likes and dislikes when it comes to food, so I thought that I would offer a choice of 4 cookbooks to choose from, depending on what takes your fancy.

I've gone to all 4 restaurants/cafés that produce these books, and can tell you that they are all excellent.

Jerusalem by Ottolenghi
You can read about my brunch visit to one of his restaurants, Nopi. Ottolenghi has a hugely popular following for a reason, and his cookbooks are also raved about. Healthy, hearty, unique and delicious.

Comptoir Libanais by Tony Kitous and Dan Lepard
I was won over by their food when I first tried Comptoir Libanais, and the prospect of being able to whip up the exotic flavours of Lebanese cooking at home is exciting - and perfect for summer, in my opinion.

Polpo by Russell Norman
We recently went to Polpo for the first time (blog post coming in a few days!) and were thoroughly impressed. This cookbook, along with outstanding reviews, looks like a real beauty to have on your bookshelf. Their Italian tapas-style dishes are sure to impress, and who doesn't like compliments?

The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf
This is the ultimate cookbook for the sweet toothed foodie - if you're not from the UK, you might not know of the HB, but it's an incredibly popular place where their cupcakes and other sweet treats are to die for. You really can't go wrong with a book like this, even if you end up just flicking through it for fun.

Very basic giveaway guidelines:
1) Open internationally, but please ask for permission from a parent or guardian if you are under the age of 18.
2) The only obligatory thing you need to do to enter, is to leave a comment telling me which one you'd like, and a contact twitter or email. (You need to tick this off in the Rafflecopter widget below.)
3) You can have additional entries as instructed below.

This will be open for 2 weeks, and I will update this entry with the winner, and also contact you via twitter or email so please keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you so much again for reading Wander to Wonder.

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  1. What a great giveaway, I've looked at the Comptoir Libanais one many a time but never bought it.

  2. Congratulations!!!! You have such a beautiful blog xx

  3. Congratulations! We almost have the same blogday (birth of blog- mine is on the 5th) but you have posted twice as much. And have much better photos:)
    I would pick the Hummingbird Bakery book because I have heard so much about their cakes (and read so many drool-worthy blog posts). My twitter handle is @seekingvictory1

  4. Happy anniversary! I'd love to try the Ottolenghi book Jerusalem!
    My twitter is @EdelMHennessy

  5. Congratulations on 1 year! I'd love any of those recipe books, but I think Comptoir Libanais would be my favourite!

    Saskia /

  6. Yours is my new favourite blog, congratulations on the anniversary! I'd love the Comptoir Libanais (I have Jerusalem and agree it's excellent).

  7. You started blogging on my birthday! I've been to both Nopi and Ottolenghi on visits to London so Jerusalem would be my choice. Hope you continue to blog so we can keep celebrating the 3rd!

  8. Happy Blogiversary Miho!!! I'm coming up on my blog's anniversary next week and am not sure how I want to celebrate but I love this idea of giving away a cookbook. Since I'm a huge fan of Lebanese food, I would love to get my hands on Comptoir Libanais :)

  9. my goodness! happy 1 year! so very exciting! i would love the hummingbird bakery cookbook! my twitter handle is @jaeun2 thanks!

  10. Congrats and happy blogiversary! I would love the Jerusalem cookbook...delicious food.


  11. Congratulations and many more years to come! The recipe books by Ottolenghi are wonderful, so delicious looking and colorful!

  12. Happy Blog Birthday!

    I would love to win The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf xxx

  13. Wonderful giveaway thank you! Each book sounds lovely but I think my kids would love me to bake them some treats from the The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf! @tracyknxon on Twitter xxx

  14. Congratulations on reaching the one year milestone! Great giveaway, the only problem is all the books sound great! How to decide which I would like?! Haha I would love the hummingbird bakery but I have so many baking books...

  15. Happy Anniversary!! I would like the 'The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf'

  16. Firstly: happy anniversary Miho ^___^ your blog is one of my favorite
    to click on because of the many food and hotspots :3
    And thanks for holding a giveaway! The prize is really generous c:
    therefor I don't mind which book I'd like to win, they are all great!

  17. Congratulations on one year and over 100 posts! That is a huge accomplishment! I love cooking! Any of them would be great! @DashOWanderlust

  18. Lynsey Buchanan7 June 2014 at 16:01

    Congratulations if I was the lucky winner I would choose The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook b

  19. Happy blog birthday Miho! I'd pick the Polpo cookbook (which I'm going to be buying at some point even if I'm not picked :D) - love that place and wish I could cook like a Venetian! x

  20. Happy Blogiversary I would pick the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf
    (Kim Neville)

  21. I would love to win Comptoir Libanais :) I'm logged into RC as Katherine Ryan

  22. happy anniversary the hummingbird bakery one looks good thankyou

  23. CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE AMAZING AND WONDERFUL!!!!! I'm so glad I found you and your blog :] I would love love love to get that first one. I love healthy and hearty haha. And brunch.


    1. I forgot to add contact info because I assume you know how to contact me... haha

  24. I would love the Polpo! :)
    Jenna O

  25. Congrats on the one year anniversary! Great giveaway idea and great choices of cookbooks. It's a tough call between Polpo and Ottolenghi. I'd be jumping up and down with excitement if I was to get any of these two :) Do I really need to pick? Ok I'll go for Ottolenghi then. Thank youuuu xx

  26. The Polpo book is beautiful, I was lusting over it the other day. Jerusalem and the Hummingbird Bakery books have been on my wish list for a while. Lovely giveaway and happy bloggy birthday!!

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

  27. Ooooh wow, this is my kind of giveaway! Well done for reaching your first blog birthday : ) it's great that you've kept up with it. Mine is in July and I'll be doing a giveaway too.
    I'd love to win the comptoir libanais book! I've seen essiebutton do a vlog while she was eating there and it looked soooo good.

    Naomi xo


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