:: Levi Roots Cookbook Competition!

September 17, 2009 at 10:01 am 51 comments

Thanks to the lovely folks over at Octopus Publishing, I am giving away a copy of Levi Roots brand new cookbook “Caribbean Food Made Easy” here on the blog.  If you haven’t heard of him before, this may jog your memory:

“Levi Roots is a cook, entrepreneur and musician. He gained widespread fame after appearing on the TV programme Dragon’s Den seeking funding for his Reggae Reggae Sauce,which has sold over 2 million bottles.”

His brand new cookbook, has been released alongside his new TV show on BBC 2 also called “Caribbean Food Made Easy”.  The book features over 100 Caribbean recipes using fresh, healthy and readily-available ingredients!  I have been leafing through the book and I have to say the food photographs are absolutely stunning too!

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book, all you have to do is leave a comment in comment section below, telling me about your favourite cookbook!  YES- It’s that simple! 🙂

Competition will close at 12 noon next Thursday 24th Sept.  A winner will be selected randomly from the comments.



Entry filed under: competition.

:: Pear, Rocket, Parmesan and Pine Nut Salad :: BBQ Mackerel with lemon and Smoked Sea Salt

51 Comments Add your own

  • 1. boddiesdrinker  |  September 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

    right now, i'm enjoying Jamie's new book on his US trip and the ethinc recipes he's put in it.

  • 2. kohsamui14  |  September 17, 2009 at 10:23 am

    The Neals Yard Bakery
    published in 1986
    The year I became a vegetarian. My sister in law bought it for me to support my decision.
    Still using it on a daily basis 23 years later

  • 3. Llefenni  |  September 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I really enjoy the C4 Cook Yourself Slim book – can go nuts for parties and not feel too bad that I'm gaining an even bigger bottom 😉

  • 4. jenniwren12  |  September 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I love Jamie Olivers book, Jamie at home, his recipes are always fantastic, and I do try but unfortunately, my dishes never quite look as good as his!

  • 5. Tadhg  |  September 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Changes all the time but at the moment its Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery Course. Brilliant book with a bit everything

  • 6. Kristin  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:04 am

    She's not that well known in Ireland, but I'm loving The Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten right now (all her books are wonderful).

  • 7. Monica Buckley &  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I love Nigella's How to be a domestic Goddess. Oh, how I wish i was one!

  • 8. Jeni Pim  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I'm a first time poster- long time reader! My Fav cookbook is the "Italian Silver Spoon" its a real gem, not many pictures but really good recipes for whatever is in the store cupboard, I currently have over 150 cookbooks so it took me a while to choose one!

  • 9. pamweld  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

    My favourite cookbook at the moment is The Retro Cookbooks: The Way to a Man's Heart by Elizabeth Wolf-Cohen. I love the nostalgia in it, the photos, the simple but very tasty recipes. It is also quite amusing.

    I would love Levi's book to try my hand at Carribean cooking 🙂

  • 10. Graham  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I love Stylish Thai in Minutes http://bit.ly/ACVvZ . It offers a vast array of Thai recipes, most of which can be cooked in 5-10 minutes once you have all the ingredients prepped.

    The majority of the recipes are possible at home once you have the basic Thai ingredients (soy sauce, fish sauce, lime, lemongrass etc)

    It's also talks about the ingredients being used and even mentions a bit about Thai culture…

    Jamie's new book is great too but i havent had enough time to read it yet. The BBQ ribs look awesome.

  • 11. Volume & Gloss  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess – that brownie recipe is the best ever ever!

  • 12. Siobhán  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I am a big Nigella fan, but at the moment I am loving my Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook! It was next on my wishlist for quite some time and then my sister must have read my mind because she sent it to me for my birthday. That was about a month ago and I just can't put it down! The pictures are fabulous and the recipes are easy to follow, it has everything sweet for afternoon tea, perfect for a sugar addict like myself! 🙂

    I love the Reggae Reggae sauce by the way, although it pours out of the bottle so fast that I end up using way more than I'd intended.. is that another Dragon's Den tip d'ya think?? 🙂 Levi was great on the show, wasn't he? Such a character!

  • 13. Nathan Reimer  |  September 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Real Simple has a great cook book called, "Meals Made Easy".

  • 14. Christine  |  September 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    My favorite cookbook is More with Less. It's full of good simple healthy recipes…

  • 15. Ken  |  September 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I love Beth Hensperger's The Bread Bible. She writes so clearly about the process of making bread, and explains (in the opening chapter) what different ingredients or methods do, in terms of the final texture or flavor of the bread.

  • 16. Sadhbh  |  September 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    At the moment my favourite is the Ottolenghi book, the middle-eastern influences really come through, with lots of spices and garlic and lemon!! I think there's just something a bit different about it, which is great!

    I'd love the chance to try out Levi's book and try out some Carribean flavours!

  • 17. Magda  |  September 17, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Well, I have lots of favourites. But now I am going through Garry Rhodes 365. I already put my hands on some of the recipes.
    And I won't be exception – Jamie's books are great!

  • 18. Egle  |  September 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    "Culina Mundi". forever and ever. Nearly 1000 pages and 5 kg – little book 🙂

  • 19. Grand Soft Day  |  September 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I have loads of favourites but "Cook with Jamie" by jamie Oliver is my favourite – the meringue recipe is the best I've ever tried as well as the simplest – works a treat every time 🙂


  • 20. Anonymous  |  September 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm


    My favourite cook book right now is Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook by Mark Robinson and Masashi Kuma.

    It's a must read for everyone who loves japanese food

  • 21. RamblingMan  |  September 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    My favourite cook book is "Tony & Giorgio" by Georgio Locatelli, Tony Allan. Simple Italian cooking at its best with an Italian take on some classics such as fish and chips thrown in … he's as mad as a box of frogs too, georgio !

  • 22. soreal  |  September 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    am into ethnic cooking, so i ll recomment 3 not only one book !

    The Arab Table: Recipes and Culinary Traditions by May Bsisu

    Indian Home Cooking by Suvir Saran

    and I also love Jamie's Italy

  • 23. Anthea  |  September 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I'm going for an Irish one – Paradiso Seasons Denis Cotter. He has such a natural approach to food, he understands flavours and textures and makes some really unusual combos (yet to try olive oil chocolate mousse!). And he appreciates comforting food too.

    You can't help but admire someone who sticks with their veg suppliers in times of plenty by using a glut of whatever it is. And he is a spokesman for local, fresh and seasonal.

    Every time i take this book off the shelf I find a recipe which is begging to be cooked. And it's arranged by season so you'll find a few recipes together to choose from for one main ingredient. Don't be put off by the long ingredient list and detailed instructions – the recipes work, are delicious and not half as complicated as they seem.

  • 24. Anonymous  |  September 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Greetings from Germany

    Romana (my email is orchidee33@web.de)

    "Delicious Days" written by Nicole Stich. I love her blog and her book. Simple, beautiful pictures and very easy to read.

  • 25. Rachel@fairycakeheaven  |  September 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Dorie Greenspan, Baking from my home to yours. I couldn't recommend this enough, goregeous desserts from the most basic to the complex!! and the best chocolate gingerbread recipe I've ever tasted……….

  • 26. Catherine Miller  |  September 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    My favourite at the moment is Fay Ripley's family food! Yummy food that is relatively simple!!

    We have loads tho so it's always hard to choose!

    Levi's series has been good so this would be great! x

  • 27. Chef Di  |  September 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    "From Nonna's Kitchen" is a book of Italian recipes from grandmas all over Italy. The recipes are well-tested and incredibly delicious. I bake my own bread now every week thanks to their inspiration and one recipe in the book that is made with milk and tastes like brioche. Bellissimo!!

  • 28. katklaw777  |  September 17, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    My fave cookbook is one my Mom gave me when I got married back on 1973, it was her old copy of The Antoinette Pope School Cookbook. She got it back in the fifties, decided to buy herself the latest edition of it and give her first one to me. It is a thick, complicated book, but also my go to book for any basics. White sauce, temps to cook certain meats at, things like that. If I had a cooking question, I could usually find the answer in my Pope Cookbook!

  • 29. The AukAukist  |  September 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I love any good cookbook, but the hands down winner is "Joy of Cooking". It's been around for 70+ years and has never failed to answer any questions I have. I prefer editions before 1977…all real, wholesome food. The ones after were altered to fit into latest food trends. Eh. 🙂

  • 30. aoife mc  |  September 17, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I love Levi Roots! I've seen two of the episodes on the telly, he's so enthusiastic and lovely. I saw him make these kick ass bbq pineappples and then some kind of pumpkin rice thing….but I forgot to write down the recipe so the book would come in really good use *wink wink nudge nudge*
    Heh heh.
    No, seriously. Gime de book, mon.

  • 31. aoife mc  |  September 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Oh and sorry, my favourite cookbook is Jamie At Home.

  • 32. Adie  |  September 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    My favourite is Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food. I like that it can give easy reciples, that are simple to follow when I'm in a hurry and trying to feed three kids and a husband!

    Also, I like the unpretentiousness (is that even a word?!) – he doesn't "talk down" to the lowly, he just tells it like it is. And doesn't make me feel like a cheater because I haven't time to hand-grind all my spices, I can get a jar of Patak Korma Paste and not beat myself up over it.

    Hope that made some sort of sense!

  • 33. CarolAnn  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    The Bread Baker's Apprentice. It's stumped me more than once but I have sworn I will get through it. 🙂

  • 34. Liz  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    the cookbook my great-grandmother gave my grandma on her wedding day. it has all the family staples we grew up with and recipe cards with updated meals from the last 60 years.

  • 35. Rebecca  |  September 18, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Right now my fav is Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Cooking.

    It has all the basics and it's beautifully done!

  • 36. BH  |  September 18, 2009 at 3:11 am

    My favorite cookbook is easy to decide on. It is an old paper scrapbook of 3 generations of my family's favorite recipes that have been passed down to me. From vietnamese to caribbean, indian, to good ole southern style, all sorts of recipes are in there. I would love to add recipes from Levi's book to it. 🙂

  • 37. Englishian  |  September 18, 2009 at 6:43 am

    My favourite cookbook at the moment is The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old Fashioned Recipes From New Yorks Sweetest Bakery. Wowie 😀 Im having so much fun working my way through it!

  • 38. Kay  |  September 18, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I have one of those really old 'grandma cooks' cook books. I love it. All those ancient recipes only using real and whole foods. it's wonderful.

  • 39. Ruth  |  September 18, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I like the Bon Appetit Cookbook. So many wonderful recipes!

  • 40. 'NEEN at 9 BEAN ROW  |  September 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Margaret Fulton's Encyclopedia of Food & Cookery is invaluable. It is not just a cook book, with foolproof means of cooking most ingredients, but provides lovely historical anecdotes and recipe ideas.

  • 41. Anonymous  |  September 18, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Ung Chi Huor (chiochio22@yahoo.de)

    I really recommend the new cookbook of Andrea Nguyen "Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More"

  • 42. robert  |  September 19, 2009 at 2:05 am

    My Fav cook book is " The Joy of Cooking". I picked it up in a secondhand shop and its one of the most informative cookbooks I have seen. Good Luck everyone 😉

  • 43. Laura  |  September 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Mine is Cook Yourself Thin which also had a programme to go along with it. Seems a bit gimmicky but is actually quite good!

  • 44. mswalsh  |  September 20, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I've two favourites at the moment – Clarissa Dickson Wright "Clarissa's Comfort Food" Simply for one recipe

    the other which I think is slightly ahead of her and almost not a cookbook is:
    "Cherry Cake And Ginger Beer" by Jane Brocket – It tells you how to make all of the scrummy food from childrens books.

  • 45. Ronan B  |  September 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Another vote for Italian Silver Spoon. Too much to cook!

  • 46. @eviesalmon  |  September 21, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I just moved back from Italy and while I was there I took along a battered, ancient copy of "Italian Food" by Elizabeth David – so revolutionary at the time and still very authentic. Also, when I lived in Athens I wrote down the local grandmothers' family recipes (which I practised under their watchful gaze) and that notebook has become a beautiful snapshot of my time there.

  • 47. audiogrin  |  September 22, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    My favorite cookbooks are tied. They are the whole Cook's Illustrated set and Alton Brown's I'm just here for the food. I love how both of them explain the process and science of what is going on as you cook. They have made me a much better cook!

  • 48. Carole  |  September 23, 2009 at 5:52 am

    I have many that I love and use a lot but right now my favorite is 'Indian Cookery' by Madhur Jaffrey. A close second would be 'Harumi's Japanese Cooking' by Harumi Kurihara.

  • 49. opalastra  |  September 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    My big time favourite book is Anna del Conte's Amaretto applecake and artichokes…. Anna is in her 80's and writes with passion about italian food, with few pictures the words lure you … and makes you try things you would never have cooked before, just the way a cookbook should be.

  • 50. nipitinthebud  |  September 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    The River Cottage Preserves Handbook is permanently in my berry stained hands at the moment. Along with a permanent whiff of vinegar and sugary syrup. Good times :o)

  • 51. Jennifer  |  September 24, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Currently, my favourite cookbook is Nigella Express. Superquick food that tastes just great. 🙂


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