Saturday, December 04, 2010

Nami-Nami cookbook presentation

My first cookbook "Nami-Nami kokaraamat" finally hit the bookstores on Wednesday, December 1st. The official launch party took place in Rahva Raamat bookstore in Viru Keskus in Tallinn, and was a great success. There were lots of people (I signed books for a best part of an hour!) and although I was very stressed about the whole thing beforehand, I felt a great relief - and happiness - once the book was out and the launch party ended. Here's a little photo-review of the presentation.

A huge thank you to the team at VARRAK publishing house, to Heidi Park for the delicious fingerfood, to Põltsamaa Felix for providing the drinks and to all the friends, supporters and family who turned out and made me feel so special!

Krista Kaer kõneleb, taamal Mirjam ja Pille
Krista Kaer speaks on behalf of the publishers.

Ingrid Peek, my gorgeous and adorable cousin,
My cookbook on the bookshelves, with a gorgeous cover by über-talented Ximena Maier. (It's my cousin Ingrid, who helped to coordinate some of the PR, on the phone).

Põltsamaa Tõmmu 2002 Vintage
An extremely lovely fortified fruit wine, Põltsamaa Tõmmu Vintage 2002.

Heidi Park (
The ever-charming Heidi Park, trained at the Culinary Institute of America and now baking fabulous cakes in Estonia (check out her website), did the catering for the party. She made three dishes from the cookbook plus her own famous brownies. Here are the edible goodies (click on the food photos for appropriate recipes, all three recipes are included in the cookbook as well):

Beetroot and blue cheese tarts / Peedi-sinihallitusjuustupirukad

Caffe latte muffins with cream cheese frosting / Kohvimuffinid toorjuustuglasuuriga


Heidi's famous brownies.

Me signing cookbooks.

Mann & Anu

Merle Liivak & Ingrid Peek oma saagiga :)
Some locals celebs with signed copies of my cookbook ;)


James Mackenzie said...

Congratulations! I wish I could have come along. Will there be an English version or shall I just keep aspiring to cook recipes from the blog?

Kalyn Denny said...


Lizna Liisu A. said...

Palju õnne, pille! you deserve it, great work, i'll try to get it.
I've only started to follow your blog and i am so delighted, you're a great writer, and all of your recipes are quite good,

Much love!

Wendy said...

Congratulations! How very exciting! Lovely to see such a special day was created for the launch. Hope you loved every minute.

Pille said...

James - ta'! I won't be translating this one to English, so you have to keep checking my blog ;)

Kalyn - thank you!!

Lizna Liisu - thank you for your kind words and I'm glad you've discovered Nami-Nami - if only recently :)

Wendy - I haven't been so anxious for ages, but it turned out to be a really lovely and friendly event!

Anonymous said...

dear pille,
congrats with ur book, u amaze me:)

Krentu said...

Palju õnne, Pille! Mulle illustratsioonid tohtult meeldivad, eriti see, kus Nora laua pealt pirukat üritab kätte saada:)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, I am so happy for you and I love the pictures you posted, since my two daughters are from there I love seeing pictures, it makes me feel closer to their home Country!

Anonymous said...

Is it available for international order?

I love cooking and I'm learning Estonian (my vanaema is a great cook) so it would be a great way to learn.

Pille said...

Guro - thank you, my dear :)

Krentu - aitäh! Ximena on õnneks me pereelu telgitagustega hästi kursis, nii et oskab hästi me ideid ja tegemisi piltidesse edasi kanda!

Anon. - glad to bring some extra joy to your little girls!

Miss Keira - you can certainly order the book from the publishers, but if you wait a couple of years, then there might be a book about "my" Estonian cuisine :)