By Edward Nawotka
Edouard Cointreau, heir to the eponymous liquor fortune and chairman and founder of Gourmand International, has donated his vast library of 40,000 books to Paris-Rungis, which has been designated a “City of Gastronomy” — a project which will see the opening of a library, a farmers market and educational centers for food.
In an interview with Le Parisien, Cointreau explained that he decided to offer his books to the project because he really liked “the idea of creating a special place where people from around the world can come and peruse the books.”
Cointreau noted that he began his collection in 1993 and as the director of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, he’s sent some 10,000 new titles a year from 150 to 200 countries. He donates many of them and keeps only a few “of substance.”
In addition to cookbooks, the collection includes poetry, culinary history, books on restaurants, cocktails, tableware, and the food business. “I know of no greater collection elsewhere,” said Cointreau.