If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will no doubt have heard about Pemba Lama the author of The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book.
Together with his publisher Grierson Publications, I have given away five signed copies of his great cookbook. I have really enjoyed cooking his recipes and getting feedback from those of you who have done the same. You can read my review of Pemba’s book here.
A couple of weeks ago I received a press release from Grierson Publications and thought many of you might like to read it. Pemba Lama was invited to cook for the Dalai Lama!
By the way, If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, you’re really missing out! The recipes are fantastic and easy to follow.
So then… Over to Grierson Publications!
On June 21st 2012 Pemba Lama, ex-Gurkha soldier and chef for the British army and the author of The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book, was asked to cook at the Luncheon for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who is presently touring the UK. At Aldershot Football Stadium Pemba and his team of serving Gurkha Chefs from the Brigade of Gurkhas presented His Holiness with a predominantly vegetarian menu with dishes straight from The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book. The dishes were carefully balanced and included many local and traditional dishes from Tibet, Nepal, Japan and Britain.
The Cook Book is very close to Pemba’s heart as with every copy sold a donation goes to the Gurkha Welfare Trust. His profile in the media has rapidly increased over the last few months since the launch of the Cook Book and Pemba has recently completed filming on a BBC cookery show with Madhur Jaffrey, a well-known Indian cookery writer and actress. The show will be screened later this year. During his career Pemba has also cooked alongside several famous chefs including Jamie Oliver as well cooking for many of the Royal family including Her Majesty the Queen and now of course The Dalai Lama! His Holiness very kindly signed a copy of the Cook Book and looked through it at some length!
Joanna Lumley, a long standing and active supporter of the Gurkha Campaign, has also expressed her support and enthusiasm for The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book stating, ‘What a marvellous cook book! The recipes are mouth-watering and will bring an authentic taste of Nepal to countless kitchens. Jai Nepal!’
The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book is a culmination of Pemba’s colourful passion for life and superb culinary skills. His extensive travel shines through in the fusion of different cuisines and now retired from the Army, Pemba teaches catering and ethnic cookery to both Army personnel and civilians.