Blog Birthday and My First Giveaway!

I know that I just had an anniversary - a few days ago I celebrated one year of living in Israel. Well, less than a week later I started my blog with this short entry. I wasn't entirely new to food blogging. Before I began writing about food professionally I had a pre-Julie and Julia makeshift blog with blurry photographs. I've come a long way. I like to think that I've come a long way even since starting my blog a year ago. I wanted to do something special to celebrate - and to thank all of the wonderful folks from all over the world who take time to come by and see what I'm up to. So I decided to host a giveaway! Next I had to decide what to give away. This isn't sponsored, this is just me wanting to give something to you. Which means that something super crazy awesome like a stand mixer or a culinary vacation in Italy are a little out of my budget. I wanted it to be something meaningful and relevant. Which is why I am giving away one copy of The New Book of Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey by Janna Gur. This isn't new (it came out in 2007), but chances are you don't have this cookbook, which is a shame. It is one of the best, most beautiful cookbooks on my shelf. My mother gave me a copy for my birthday in 2010, just a few short months before moving to Israel. Having never been to Israel, Janna Gur's book became my guide to Israeli cuisine, and I read the whole thing from cover to cover, devouring the mouth-watering recipes and photographs by Eilon Paz, an incredibly talented Israeli photographer. When I came to Israel, Janna was the first person in the Israeli food world that I met. I got the go-ahead to do an interview with her for the Jew and the Carrot (you can read the two part piece here and here) and she was beyond warm and welcoming. I met her at the Al Hashulchan offices, the pioneering culinary magazine of which she is founder and editor-in-chief, and we spoke for over an hour. She gave me great insight into the current status of Israeli cuisine, restaurant recommendations, and suggestions for topics to pitch and publications to pitch them to. Since then I have done a profile on her for the Jewish Chronicle, and have emailed her numerous times asking for a recipe to include in a piece, or her thoughts on an issue. She always responds promptly with friendly, helpful information. Besides being meaningful to me, I am sure that you will enjoy The Book of New Israeli Cuisine no matter where in the world you are. The recipes are varied, approachable, and clear. They were contributed not only by Janna, but also by Israel's top chefs from around the country. Standards like Israeli salad, mezze, falafel, and hummus are included, as are more modern dishes like Roasted Eggplant and Goat Cheese Mousse and Fennel and Pistachio Salad. New Exciting News!!! Janna Gur has generously offered to provide me with one SIGNED copy of the Israeli version of her book (in English) for the giveaway!

How to Enter

{Main Entry Required} Just leave me a comment on this post and say hi!

Want extra entries?

Each item you do will get you ONE additional chance to win (for a total of THREE extra chances), if you ALREADY do any of these things, they DO count! Just make sure to comment for each item! You MUST leave each entry as a separate comment! 1. Follow @MartinelliEats on Twitter and tweet the following statement then come back to this post and tell us you tweeted. I just entered to win The Book of New Israeli Food from @MartinelliEats. Enter to win here: 2. Subscribe to's email updates through Feedburner. This is different than the RSS feed! Once you subscribe to the email updates, you will get an emailing confirming your subscription. 3. "Like" my Facebook page (but please don't comment or write anything about the giveaway on FB we don't want the FB police coming after me).

Important Details:

-This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere that Amazon or Book Depository delivers and will run until Friday, October 7th at 5pm EST. (That's midnight here in Israel). -Winner will be generated via a random number generator. Since my comments are not numbered I will count myself, excluding any replies from me. -Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form. -Winner will have until October 11, 2011 to claim their cookbook and provide me with a mailing address or I will choose another winner. -Winner will receive The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey by Janna Gur as described above. Product will be shipped at my expense through Amazon or Book Depository. -Although Janna Gur is now providing the book the opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. I will still be responsible for shipping to the winner.


  1. Happy blog birthday! This cookbook looks really interesting! πŸ™‚

  2. Have been following your blog … great giveaway!

  3. I forgot … I did follow and Tweet, but I am very Twitter illiterate lets hope it worked! πŸ™‚

  4. Happy Blog Birthday! I just recently discovered your work and I truly admire it – I have an award for you, I hope you’ll accept it πŸ™‚

  5. Happy blog birthday Katherine ! I have really enjoyed reading your blog,so informative and beautiful pictures:)

  6. I cannot believe it has been a year since you started this blog!(and moved to Israel! AH) I have watched it develop into something truly amazing since post 1 and Im so proud at how far you have taken it!!! Love you!

  7. What an amazing give away!! That book sounds fantastic!!!! The perfect choice for a give away… I ADORE cookbooks! πŸ™‚

  8. I already like you on Facebook! πŸ˜‰

  9. Following you on Twitter and tweeted πŸ™‚

  10. Shana Tova and Happy B-day to your blog, I love it =)

  11. Congratulations Katherine! What a great milestone! I can’t wait to celebrate next year’s. Keep up the great work!

  12. Already following your twitter and just tweeted.

  13. Great timing – was going to subscribe anyway as I’m giving up on my Google reader… at least for now. Just confirmed.

  14. Just discovered your blog… it’s gorgeous! I look forward to learning more about Israeli food here (and hopefully through the book, if I am lucky enough to win it)!

  15. I’ve also liked your page on Facebook. πŸ™‚

  16. What a fabulous looking cookbook! Happy Anniversary!!

  17. I follow you on Twitter πŸ™‚

  18. I am a fan of your facebook page~

  19. Howdy! Have wanted this book for quite a while – psyched you’re giving it away.

  20. …And this one’ to say that I follow you on twitter. πŸ™‚

  21. happy anniversary both in israel and your blog. rory and i both so enjoy your writing πŸ™‚

  22. I want this cookbook!
    Happy Bloggersary! If there is such a term!
    and Katherine, you have been given an award – by ME! drop by my blog to pick up your award ok?

  23. Already your follower on Facebook.. but twitter illiterate

  24. just subscribed to your email updates

  25. Happy Birthday, blog! I love the cover of that book. So evocative.

  26. Happy Blog Anniversary!!!! and many more.

  27. Wow, that’s really neat you are living in Israel! Happy Blog Birthday! Mine is coming up…I just can’t believe how the time flies!

  28. I would love to own this cookbook…PLEASE!!!

  29. I subscribe via email.

  30. Happy Blog Birthday! This is one of my very favorite cookbooks (I already own it so you do not have to include me in your giveaway drawing). It is a treasure…beautiful to read and cook from, and every recipe I’ve made is terrific. How wonderful you’ve been able to spend time with Janna Gur, too. Her book is a perfect pick to celebrate your blog’s anniversary!

  31. Happy blog birthday! So sweet of you to have this giveaway. Have a great weekend and be sure to celebrate this milestone of your blog journey.

  32. Happy Blogiversary! I’d love to win the book–it looks wonderful.

  33. Happy Blog Birthday! This looks like a fabulous book.

  34. Happy Blog Birthday :)This book looks lovely and I have no clue about Israeli food .. would love to win this book πŸ™‚

  35. Happy blogoversary!!!
    And you chose a very interesting book… I have to participate πŸ˜‰

  36. I already like your FB page!

  37. I already follow you on Twitter, and I just tweeted! πŸ™‚

  38. Happy bloggerversary. πŸ™‚ Congrats on the first wonderful year. I would love to learn more about Israeli food.

  39. Hey, happy birthday to your blog and to living in Isreal for a year! Your photography is lovely so if you say you’ve come a long way, I believe you!

  40. I already follow you on twitter, but now I like you on facebook. Good to “see” you in your profile pic!

  41. Congratulations on your blogaversary! I love reading your thoughts and recipes here so looking forward to the year to come πŸ™‚

  42. Hi! Happy Blog Birthday! And I wouldn’t be opposed to winning the cookbook! πŸ™‚

  43. One year..who-hooo Happy blogoversary!!! Your blog rock!!!
    Awesome giveaway, and great book! I follow you on twitter!

  44. I totally spelled that wrong..but you know what I mean:))
    I like you on facebook!!!

  45. Happy Blog B-Day, your book looks scrumptious!

  46. Happy blog day! I just found your blog from liking one of your recipes posted on another food website that shall remain nameless, and wondering, “is that the katherine that I knew of yore?” So glad to see how far you have travelled from PS3!

  47. One year old. Quite the accomplishment. Looking forward to what’s yet to come.



  48. Now following on Twitter.

  49. “Liked” on Facebook as well.

  50. Tweeted the giveaway.

  51. I want to win something for once!!! Oh Hi!

  52. This sounds like such a wonderful cookbook! I know there are just beautiful things in it, just based on the cover itself!

  53. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    Happy first blogoversary, Katherine! I discovered your blog at around the same time as Beth Michelle’s and I adore both your sites and recipes. Great giveaway and it’s also wonderful of Janna Gur to provide a free copy to the winner!

  54. Happy first anniversary for your blog and living in Israel. From the looks of it, both are treating you very well, too. Congrats again!

  55. Andrea Anaki

    so happy to have found ur blog…made Aliyah in July and love reading about your culinary adventures!!

  56. Happy 1st Blogiversary and wishing you many, many more to come! What a fantastic giveaway! I don’t think I have seent his cookbook. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  57. You know I am already a facebook fan πŸ™‚

  58. Happy Blogiversary!!!! What a great giveaway and it’s fantastic that it’s something so meaningful to you. Thanks for sharing this book, I will have to check it out πŸ˜€

  59. Happy birthday to your blog!! Here’s to many, many more! πŸ™‚

  60. Happy anniversary!!!!! Liked u on facebook

  61. Congratulations on your blogiversary, Katherine! I love reading your posts! Your writing, photos and recipes are amazing!

  62. Already FB fan.

  63. Congrats on the blog anniversary – always exciting! I don;t know if i told you or not but my husband is Jewish. . great giveaway!

  64. Hi Katherine
    Happy blog birthday, I really like your recipes and photos.

  65. Happy blog anniversary, and thanks for the giveaway! It looks like a wonderful set of recipes.

  66. What do you mean Katherine? You already gave away the all paid trip to Italy? Well, that is too bad. I was just getting ready to enroll. BTW this book looks great. I am going to enter and then when you’ll have the trip ready, I will take the book with me

  67. I just subscribed to your FeedBurner. Anyway I think I did. It is below the RSS, right?

    BTW I am getting near to my anniversary, as well; too bad that you are so far away. I was thinking to offer a bottle champagne to my best friends I gained through blogging

  68. I just liked your facebook page! I don’t think I’ve ever had Israeli food before. I’m intrigued!

  69. Hey, we both have a giveaway going on! Great minds! πŸ˜‰

  70. Tweeted about it (and you know I follow you!) πŸ™‚

  71. id love to win

  72. ClaireG

    This is too cute! It’s been a joy to follow you the past year and (drool over) your recipes. πŸ™‚

  73. Susan Audrey

    Hi! πŸ™‚ I’d like to win this book to help me step out of my comfort zone in cooking. I’ve never attempted any Israeli recipes, but I would love to find a few to add to my house menu.

  74. Susan Audrey

    I follow you via Twitter (@susanaudrey)

  75. Vanessa



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