Bhutanese Cuisine, Charity Books Among Winners of 2011 Gourmand Cookbook Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije

Gourmand’s 16th Awards took place last night at Paris’ famed music hall, Les Folies Bergeres, following the opening yesterday of the second Paris Cookbook Fair (from which we’ll have our report on Monday).

For over two hours Edouard Cointreau’s ever-growing cookbook awards ceremony paid homage to chefs, publishers, photographers and designers, this year with a penchant for the Asia-Pacific region but also for Latin America.

Here are only a fraction of the winning cookbooks:

The best cookbook of the year went to New Zealand’s Me’a Kai (Random House NZ), which features sustainable food and tourism in the South Pacific islands.

The Best Wine book of the year as well as the best Wine Magazine of the year both went to the Chinese, with a 3-volume, $280 book on China Wine Culture Ceremony and the magazine published by the University of Agriculture in Beijing.

The best English-language celebrity chef award was for Australian Sean Connolly, with My Family Feast, based on his show about the food culture of immigrants in Australia.

The Japanese 12 Roads and the Stories of the Foods by Chieko Mukasa won the Best Culinary Travel Guide. The Best Asian Cuisine book went to the first cookbook from Bhutan, Foods of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

The Best First Cookbook was won by the new German publisher, 99 Pages Verlag for Baguette by Rainer Schillings.

London and US-based publishers Kyle Cathie books were given three awards, for The Brazilian Kitchen, for Best Latin America Cuisine book, Fish Tales, in the Best Sustainable Food category, and The Scandinavian Kitchen, for Best Scandinavian cookbook. The Best Dessert book went to the Swiss pastry master Rolf Mürner, the book Mürner 1 is the first in a series.

The best woman chef went to five Colombian chefs for their book En Su Mesa (MNR Ediciones), Stirring the Pot, A History of African Cuisine by Ohio University Press won the best African Cuisine Award.

In a new category for Food Bloggers, Finlands’ Kati Jaakonen won with Hellpoliisi.

The Best Book Trade magazine was won by Publishers Weekly with their two year old Cooking the Books newsletter, and University of California Press’ 10-year old Gastronomica won Best Food Magazine.

Charity cookbooks have gained tremendously in recent years and this year’s winner was the German collection of recipes, Wanderbild published by Kornmeyer, proceeds from which go to Africa.

Also noteworthy was the Canadian book Ingredients for Peace that includes recipes from peace advocates of which 60 are Nobel prize winners, and Ah’len, from the Syrian-Lebanese women’s association of Trinidad and Tobago, proceeds from which go to the needy.

About the Author

Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris who writes about translation, literature, graphic novels, the Middle East, and multiculturalism. She is the author of three books and has contributed to newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Global Post, and The New York Times.