As we prepare to celebrate with our friends and family this season, it’s important for us to remember to help those who are less fortunate. In solely the past 12 months, many parts of the world have been affected by unprecedented levels of destruction and tragedy.
Donating money to charities in regions affected by disaster is one way we can help. Beginning today, Pim of Chez Pim is holding A Menu for Hope II to support earthquake victims in Northern India and Pakistan. Pim recently asked food bloggers to each pledge a prize to be awarded in a raffle lottery. By raising money through raffle ticket sales, we can all help support UNICEF’s earthquake relief efforts.
For each $5 US donation you make, you’ll receive a ticket towards a drawing for a specific prize. Since there are many prizes, you’ll have to specify which prize you’d like your ticket to go towards. You can also enter more than one draw by buying more than one ticket, and you can buy multiple tickets towards the same draw (if you want to increase your chances of winning a certain prize).
The prize I’ve pledged consists of The Cook’s Book and three jars of Anton Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard. Both are completely new and unopened, and you’re welcome to choose any three flavours of mustard from www.mustardmaker.com. I’ll also gladly pay for standard shipping worldwide to anywhere amazon.com, amazon.ca, or amazon.co.uk ships.
I chose these items because they are among my favourites, and I’m certain that anyone who likes to cook and eat won’t be disappointed. The Cook’s Book is an extraordinary cookbook collaboration of 18 master chefs, including Charlie Trotter, Pierre Hermé, Ferran Adrià, Ken Hom, and Shaun Hill. The book includes over 650 recipes, and is divided into 24 chapters, each written by a particular chef. In each chapter, the chef guides you through the topic, from basic techniques to advanced signature dishes. So for example, Ferran Adrià is responsible for the chapter on Foams, while Charlie Trotter, teaches you about fish and shellfish.
The biggest reason why I think this is such a great cookbook, is because it includes clear step-by-step colour photographs, guiding you through both basic and complex recipes and techniques. The chapters are also fairly diverse and include everything from making basic sauces and dressings, to Middle Eastern and Thai cuisine.
The second part of my prize consists of three jars of Anton Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard. Free of preservatives and truly delicious, I enjoy Anton Kozlik’s mustard on nearly anything that’s savory. Tara and Jennifer have also had great things to say about it too. You can choose from a wide variety of mustards at www.mustardmaker.com.
Unless the winner lives in Toronto, I’ll probably ship the book directly by Amazon, and I’ll buy the mustards locally and ship them myself. As I mentioned above, I’ll be glad to cover the cost of shipping, but I won’t pay for any duties, taxes, or any other fees incurred at the destination. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment below.
Many thanks for everyone’s support, and special thanks to Pim for organizing this wonderful and most worthwhile event!