Cookbook giveaway – Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook

Kitchen NotebookAfter years of living in Paris, Rachel Khoo recently returned to her hometown of London. Excited by the city’s vivacious food scene, Rachel decided to make her hometown the focus of one part of her new cookbook, Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook. You can read an excerpt from the book’s introduction and view images from the book as well.

The cookbook is packed to the brim with 100 standout recipes, full-colour photography and Rachel’s very own sketches of the food and places she encounters. Out and about, she finds the most delicious fare, recording it all in her kitchen notebook.

We’re delighted to offer two copies of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook to EYB Members. One of the entry options is answering the following question in the blog comments:

What dish have you made that was inspired by your travels?

Please note that you must enter the comment after signing into Rafflecopter or your entry won’t be counted. The contest ends March 13, 2015.

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  • Carpecookie  on  February 13, 2015

    My favourite dish to make that was inspired by my travels is French crepes. I spent my 3rd year of university in France and when I make crepes it reminds me of my time abroad, even though it was 20 years ago.

  • sgump  on  February 13, 2015

    Adobo chicken–after a trip to the Philippines in 1997. (For some reason, that was the first dish to pop into my mind, even though it's been YEARS since I've made it.)

  • AGENT99  on  February 13, 2015

    Nothing fancy – but we love recreating the baguette sandwiches sold in Paris patisseries.

  • calmond79  on  February 13, 2015

    Homemade spaetzle dumplings inspired by a vacation we took to Germany!

  • jyms  on  February 13, 2015

    I became obsessed with middle eastern food after visiting israel…baba ghanoush!

  • contest718  on  February 14, 2015

    none yet but i am so adventurous and i think my favorite food to make are beef patties from Jamaica!

  • Therese  on  February 14, 2015

    I'm still trying to recreate those great fish sandwiches you get in Istanbul. Getting pretty close now, some beaut local (brisbane) mackerel featured last time. Pretty simple but so delish. When I told my fishmonger what I was planning, we ended up sharing stories of our travels in Turkey. Thats what it's all about, n'est ce pas?

  • Titch  on  February 14, 2015

    Nothing yet but I hope to travel more one day

  • wester  on  February 14, 2015

    The first thing that comes to mind is eating pizza Norma in Italy, and discovering what a difference fresh basil makes.

  • auntietina  on  February 14, 2015

    Traveling around the Central Coast of California, with the wineries and farms, inspires me to cook regional and fresh.

  • pgarcia  on  February 14, 2015

    New Orleans Gumbo and Red Beans & Rice!

  • meggan  on  February 14, 2015

    Moroccamole- – ras al hanout spiced guacamole

  • lilyicious  on  February 14, 2015

    Oysters poached in champagne…mmmm!!!!

  • GillB  on  February 14, 2015


  • willowglen  on  February 15, 2015

    Ceviche as it is made in Peru, especially ceviche mixto (with a firm white fish, shrimp, and octopus).

  • dbielick  on  February 15, 2015

    Normandy style pork with calvados and cream

  • sbh2006  on  February 15, 2015

    I've lived abroad five times (soon to be six!), so I love to purchase cookbooks that help me recapture the local food I enjoyed. This includes several Spanish cookbooks (I love Spanish omelette, paella, and tapas), Quebecois cookbooks (I love anything with maple syrup!), and Japanese cookbooks (I am particularly fond of shojin ryori, vegan Buddhist food served at temples). I also love to purchase cookbooks on vacation and have come home with an Ashkenzi cookbook in French, some Japanese-language cookbooks and several regional Italian cookbooks.

  • wanderlustdream  on  February 15, 2015

    I've made cheesecake after traveling to New York City. It turned out really well, too!

  • ldubois2  on  February 15, 2015

    Lived in Spain for two years and stayed with a family. The wife was a great but simple cook. Learned to add a bit of dark chocolate to beef stew, make tortilla espanol, and observed her prepare beef tongue and chicken feet. Lovely, kind woman.

  • RNJessicaK  on  February 15, 2015

    Rachel Khoo is my absolute favorite!!!

  • icywit  on  February 15, 2015

    When we ate at Susan Feniger's Street Restaurant which is now Mud Hen Tavern – the chicken and waffle croquettes – I adapted. Delicious.

  • Kerrey  on  February 15, 2015

    Risotto and paella.

  • sharifah  on  February 15, 2015

    Om Ali, a Middle Eastern dessert dish when we went to Egypt

  • sir_ken_g  on  February 15, 2015

    I very often cook local food before and after I travel.
    Most recently Myanmar food. But in the past Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai and many more

  • EstlHope  on  February 15, 2015

    I love to make a Korean dish called "Andong Jjimdak". It is braised chicken that is a little sweet and and a little spicy served with potatoes, carrots, cucumber and glass noodles.

  • sarahawker  on  February 15, 2015

    Paella and sangria after a trip to Spain. More recently tried to make beignets after a trip to New Orleans.

  • Rinshin  on  February 15, 2015

    too many to name. They all inspire me.

  • jennij  on  February 15, 2015

    Zuppa Neopolitanska. Made with love by my boyfriend's Polish grandma in Krakow. We can't communicate verbally but we connected with food. I have tried to replicate this cheesy noodle soup but can't seem to get it just right.

  • sailor  on  February 15, 2015

    seafood file gumbo after a trip to New Orleans. I had to buy a jar of file powder and bring it back to Australia as it wasn't available here at the time. It's now one of my all time favourite dishes.

  • jenniesb  on  February 16, 2015

    I'm still trying to perfect a light, crumbly scone after traveling to London a couple years ago! I've found dried raspberries and strawberries and I make scones with them as variations on the currant version.

  • jupflute  on  February 16, 2015

    I don't think my cooking is really inspired by my travels per se. I love traveling to new places, but I also love cooking new food, especially food from other cultures/cuisines, so I don't have to have traveled somewhere in order to make a new dish. In fact, I'm much more likely to have already tried and made the food of a country before I'm able to go there than vice versa.

  • PatriciaScarpin  on  February 16, 2015

    The rice dishes I ate in Spain.

  • southerncooker  on  February 17, 2015

    When we were in southern California we fell in love with Korean food. Back home in NC there are no Korean restaurants anywhere for hundreds of miles. I finally started cooking my own. Bilimbap was one of the first ones I tried on my own.

  • chowfamily  on  February 17, 2015


  • Queezle_Sister  on  February 17, 2015

    huevos mutelenos – mutelated eggs – inspired by a trip to the yucatan many many moons ago.

  • Luv2cook59  on  February 18, 2015

    Shrimp dishes after vacationing on the Outer Banks of NC.

  • chawkins  on  February 18, 2015

    Gumbo and jambalaya from New Orleans, smoked fish from Nova Scotia, Bernaise sauce from Belgium, cioppino from San Francisco and a lot more.

  • veronicafrance  on  February 18, 2015

    I think my first ever travel-inspired recipe was French apple tart. I eventually cracked it and can now rival the local patisserie! Most recently, Spanish potato tortilla. But I haven't yet managed the perfect flavour and texture.

  • camtncook  on  February 18, 2015

    We recently tasted a lamb stew at a winery that was great. We bought the spice mix they used on the way out of town…

  • fraujunk  on  February 18, 2015

    Just back from France and adore cassoulet. I have tried making it once (quite a long process) but absolutely worth it!

  • Deneenm  on  February 18, 2015

    Rachel's show is one of my favs!

  • hillsboroks  on  February 18, 2015

    After a trip to Ireland my husband and our friends were hot to have me find a recipe for Banoffee Pie. It turned out to be incredibly easy to make but still impresses people who have never tried it before.

  • AmandaS  on  February 18, 2015

    Peking Duck in Beijing

  • reno2014  on  February 19, 2015

    Jelly fish salad as made in Barbados. I spent six months living there when I was younger.

  • emluca123  on  February 19, 2015

    Veal meatballs in gravy and polenta

  • Taxlady  on  February 19, 2015

    Sauerbraten with red cabbage and potato balls

  • kimtrev  on  February 19, 2015

    Pie. After a trip to New Zealand we made bacon & egg pie to commemorate the trip.

  • jlh39  on  February 19, 2015

    As a new cook (years ago) I came home from a trip to Ireland and made their apple cake from a recipe given to me by my hostess.

  • Sfgordon  on  February 19, 2015

    I made empanadas after a trip to Argentina. They were a resounding success at a potluck – very portable!

  • TippyCanoe  on  February 19, 2015

    After traveling in Bali, I added Nasi Goreng and gado gado to my repertoire of quick weeknight dinners. Both are basic variations of rice with veg.

  • sweetclafoutis  on  February 19, 2015

    After falling in love with Istanbul, I made Turkish hunkar begendi, a divine eggplant and lamb dish. Those two flavors meld so wonderfully.

  • weetzie188  on  February 19, 2015

    i love all ecuadorian food after i studied abroad there!

  • HelenB  on  February 19, 2015

    Red Thai curry. Made my own curry paste using tools and spices purchased in Bangkok and closer to home.

  • sizzlingmess  on  February 20, 2015

    I made tempura shrimp skewers with a special aioli sauce, inspired by my last trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

  • mijitsu  on  February 20, 2015

    Definitely brioche! Only after trying brioche in France did I get an idea of how incredibly delicious it can be because I do not ususally care much for this type of swee yeasted bread.

  • lucyaspray  on  February 20, 2015

    Ceviche and llapingachos after our amazing time in Ecuador. So good!!

  • Maya.B  on  February 20, 2015

    The Finnish salmon soup – Lohikeitto. It's the perfect way to get warm on a long winter night 🙂

  • ballen  on  February 20, 2015

    Veal meatballs in cognac mustard cream sauce — after a visit to Munich.

  • Nancith  on  February 20, 2015

    Haven't made this yet, but want to learn how to make the fabulous brown bread we ate in Ireland last summer.

  • JamieK  on  February 20, 2015

    From many years ago an English Christmas Pudding

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  February 21, 2015

    On a trip many years ago we tried an amazing potato dish but the language barrier prevented me from getting the recipe. Turns out it was potatoes dauphinois and I was so happy to find a recipe for it about a year later and I've been making it ever since.

  • dyand  on  February 22, 2015

    A glass of red wine, good bread, & some garlic butter.

  • TheSpicedLife  on  February 24, 2015

    Moroccan Inspired Ras el Hanout Bundt Cake with Olive Oil–I made it with Ras el Hanout I had carefully carted home from Marrakech!

  • sillyvy  on  February 24, 2015

    French apple tart

  • matag  on  February 25, 2015

    Making real Bolognese sauce after visiting Bologna.

  • vinochic  on  February 25, 2015

    Gnocchi, though its never as good as it was in Italy..

  • ljskop  on  February 27, 2015

    Osso buco.

  • GorgeousGateaux  on  February 27, 2015

    Homemade curry paste from my trips to Thailand

  • dsterner  on  February 27, 2015

    I made Julia Child's recipe for tripe after a visit to France – it was delicious!!

  • frostyshake  on  February 27, 2015

    We make Pasta Carbonara after visiting Italy.

  • jlh39  on  February 27, 2015

    Apple cake after an Ireland trip.

  • kdekoster  on  February 27, 2015

    Bread dipped in balsamic and olive oil is so simple, and still a favorite from our honeymoon in Italy!

  • Lizwizz  on  February 27, 2015

    Outside Seattle I tasted the most wonderful linguini with smoked salmon, red onions sauteed in olive oil and capers. When I want a special treat that's what I make.

  • lmalter  on  February 27, 2015

    Japanese nabe

  • ravensfan  on  February 27, 2015

    I made tortilla espanola at home after visiting Spain.

  • nsmithinvt  on  February 27, 2015

    I especially enjoy making and eating Spätzle after spending time in Germany.

  • bfg67  on  February 27, 2015

    crepes and moules (not served together!) after going to Normandy

  • colevb6  on  February 27, 2015

    From my time living in South Korea I often make Kimchi and tuna fish or kimchi chigae (a soup/stew) – both served with rice – for comforting dinners.

  • lolako  on  February 27, 2015

    Croque monsieur. 17 and had just come back from Paris.

  • rahchachow  on  February 27, 2015

    I've tried making the brown bread I enjoyed in Ireland, but have never come close!

  • Drummrgal  on  February 27, 2015

    Hmong chargrilled black chicken (Gà ác nuóʼng Hmong) from The Songs of Sapa: Stories and Recipes from Vietnam by Luke Nguyen
    reminds me of hiking with the beautiful Hmong people in Sapa and the outdoor freed street food market with the many smells and flavours in the air.

  • Mariarosa  on  February 27, 2015

    Homemade dulce de leche after a visit to Argentina!

  • shellbert  on  February 27, 2015

    Eating Thai street food in Bangkok changed my life! On a hot summer night I love to have friends over for a Thai bbq. I make Thai spring rolls and sticky rice, put on some Thai music and crack a few Thai beers while we sit around the traditional bbq and everyone enjoys cooking their meats, noodles, Asian greens etc. It smells and tastes so good, but the best thing is that everyone gets involved. Can't beat it!

  • dirtgirl  on  February 27, 2015

    Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls after returning from a cycling trip from South to North Vietnam in my mid 40's some 20 yrs ago. They were an immediate hit. I love the Vietnamese cuisine and luckily we have a wonderful Vietnamese population nearby, so always easy to obtain every ingredient.

  • kidzcook  on  February 27, 2015

    Ceviche & guacamole after many trips to Mexico

  • DJBWA  on  February 27, 2015

    Crepes after being in Paris.

  • Luv2cook59  on  February 27, 2015

    A shrimp pasta dish after a vacation in the Outer Banks of NC.

  • poppiesandpavlovas  on  February 27, 2015

    chilli cheese fries after a trip to the US

  • SLane  on  February 28, 2015

    The Spanish potato frittata – yum !

  • Lovestocook  on  February 28, 2015

    Limoncello after visiting Italy. My favourite recipe is Sarah Raven's – she adds lemongrass and it's fab. Not a dish I know…….

  • GujuGirl  on  February 28, 2015

    Caprese salad following a wonderful holiday in Italy!

  • infotrop  on  February 28, 2015

    Since traveling a lot in Mexico and Central America, I've been using many more chiles of different flavors and intensities.

  • alicebrody  on  February 28, 2015

    spaghetti carbonara after a trip to Rome, and caprrese salad after a trip to Florence years before.

  • debiliem  on  March 1, 2015

    After a visit to Singapore I purchased some local food magazines and inside they had the recipes for Chilli Crab and Chicken Hainan so I cooked both on my return – yum!!

  • nadiam1000  on  March 1, 2015

    Cuban food after visiting Tampa – guava pastries, plantains and black beans and rice. Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee and beignets after traveling to New Orleans. My travels always inspire me to recreate local foods at home and I always bring cookbooks and food back with me.

  • diannerh49  on  March 1, 2015

    Chili Crab from Singapore

  • Serenne  on  March 1, 2015

    Spetsofaii – my husband's cousin made it for us in Athens – and I've had a go at home – delicious …. but the spelling varies!!

  • elogibs  on  March 1, 2015

    Ile flottante (floating island) dessert, learned from my host mother in the South of France

  • DFed  on  March 2, 2015

    I don't have a specific dish I've made, but I've been much more attuned to French recipes since I visited Paris a few years back…

  • decklededges  on  March 2, 2015

    I've dabbled in Greek food as much as possible since visiting Greece a few years ago.

  • HoneyBunnyKY  on  March 2, 2015

    Raclette, after spending time in Switzerland on my honeymoon! Yum.

  • jd5761  on  March 2, 2015

    paella after going to portugal

  • fraserkr  on  March 3, 2015

    borscht after visiting Russia

  • nicolthepickle  on  March 3, 2015

    Croquettes and schnitzel after visiting Amsterdam.

  • Analyze  on  March 3, 2015

    Good question! We travel a lot, and I cook constantly, but I don't usually connect the two…I think because I'm cooking my way through all of my cookbooks, so not really searching out new recipes unless I happen to see them. So just one dish comes to mind – a delicious chicken schnitzel with capers and lemon that we had in Boston or DC, and then I saw a similar recipe at But I haven't made it yet – lol.

  • Lizwizz  on  March 3, 2015

    Gumbo after visiting New Orleans. I even grow okra in my garden now.

  • elangomatt  on  March 4, 2015

    I don't really travel all that much but I have tried recreating the Bang Bang Shrimp recipe that Bonefish Grill makes. I had it for the first time a few years ago when my brother and I went to Indianapolis, IN to see the Mythbusters on tour.

  • jammydodger  on  March 4, 2015

    Paella after a honeymoon in Spain

  • madelainelc  on  March 6, 2015

    Italy really inspired me to get the pasta maker out. I'm still trying to figure out a recipe to copy the amazing sea bass tortellini I had in Venice!

  • hc_bailey  on  March 7, 2015

    Cooking slow roast smoky brisket or pulled pork reminds me of the smokehouse restaurants in the USA we frequent when we're there. Not sure it's ever quite the same or as good though!

  • trudys_person  on  March 9, 2015

    Crepes, after returning from Paris …

  • JuneHawk  on  March 13, 2015

    I love travel AND food so I often try to recreate dishes I've experienced. One of my favorite is kofta, which I first had in a small whole in the wall restaurant, if you can call it that, in the middle of a Cairo market area where very few tourists go. I can't remember where it was exactly, as a local friend took me there, but it was the best kofta I've ever had.

  • KimChi  on  March 13, 2015

    welsh cakes

  • deucemom  on  March 13, 2015

    After eating at Jean George's restaurant in NYC in the '90s, I bought his book and have made almost every recipe. Each time, remembering that wonderful experience.

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