Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Dear Friends, fellow Cooks and Japanophiles,

My new book "Zenbu Zen – finding food, culture and balance in Kyoto" will officially launch on 01 October 2012. 

To celebrate I have 6 books to give away – compliments of my publisher Murdoch Books. 

Now… to give you a little background - this book is a somewhat unusual in that it has 3 main components which are harmoniously linked. Zenbu Zen includes a personal narrative about following one's heart, loads of Japanese culinary information and recipes, and somewhat of an informal “travel” guide to Kyoto - my favourite place in the world.

All of this resides within a beautifully designed package by rockstar designer Reuben Crossman and includes my own photography of gorgeous Kyoto town – and stunning recipe and additional atmospheric images by brilliant (and delightful) food photographer Cath Muscat!

Inspired by the elements of the book, I have decided to hold not one but THREE themed competitions. 

Two people, each month from now until December, will have the chance to win a signed copy of the book. 

The first competition will commence immediately and the winners will be announced on 01 October. 

The second competition will be launched on that day and the winners announced on 01 November when the third and final competition will be announced  - those winners announced 01 December.

OK here we go, sharpen your pencils ...

Competition no. 1.

In 50 words or less please tell me  - if you truly followed your heart – where would it lead you?

Feel free to use your imagination but I ask that you dig deep inside and consider where you might be or what you might do, experience, or create if there was nothing to hold you back!

Please email your answers to janelawsonfood@bigpond.com.au.

The competition closes at midnight on Friday 24th of August. (STOP PRESS - due to too many requests to ignore I have extended the deadline until midnight 22 SEPTEMBER!) The winners of the competition will be named, here on my blog, on 01 September OCTOBER!!

To inspire you to start writing (and cooking!) here is an exclusive sneak peek into Zenbu Zen with a few samples of the book internals (including a simple but stunning recipe for Shungiku no Ohitashi - or drenched greens, suitable for many kinds of leafy vegetables.) 

**IMPORTANT: Please note that all images are the copyright of either myself, Jane Lawson or Photographer Cath Muscat and may not be reproduced without permission. All text is copyright of Jane Lawson and, as above, may not be reproduced without permission. 

Further - I’d love to share the winning answers by publishing them on my blog however, because I would like people to express themselves freely, I am happy to refrain from doing so if privacy is preferred. Please advise if you do not wish for your answer to be displayed for public viewing.

The competition is open to everyone - so get writing! And tell your friends. 

Cheers and good luck!
Jane x

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