Edouard Cointreau on the Booming International Cookbook Market

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Edouard Cointreau’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards have been a fixture on the Frankfurt Book Fair scene since 1995, when the Awards were launched to draw attention to those who “cook with words.” Fifteen years later Gourmand is the network par excellence for “foodie” professionals. Boosted by the fact that cookbook publishing is one of the only sectors …

Midwest’s Largest Cooking Event to Feature Award-Winning Cookbook Authors and Chefs

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg The annual three-day Epicurean Classic, held August 27-29 in St. Joseph, MI, will present attendees with a unique opportunity to learn from award-winning cookbook authors and chefs at demonstrations, lectures, and tastings. The largest cooking event in the Midwest, the Epicurean Classic features opportunities for close interaction with presenters, providing expert information in a casual and engaging …

Cookbook Trade Fair Pleases the Palate

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The first edition of the Paris Cookbook Festival wrapped up on Monday with most participants judging the specialized trade fair a delicious success, barring minor complaints about lack of signage and poor heating. While for some smaller French publishers with books aimed specifically at the French market, it was less of a positive experience, the larger …

Gourmand Awards at Paris Cookbook Fair

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS (FEBRUARY 11): The first Paris Cookbook Festival kicked off tonight on Paul Bocuse’s birthday. It was sleeting in Paris but the auditorium for the Gourmand Cookbook Awards was packed with invitation-only authors, publishers and people from the trade coming from countries as far as Australia, Cambodia and Argentina. Three women won honors for their lifetime careers …

Cookbooks? Romance? Sci-fi? Is Niche the Future of Fairs?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the inaugural Paris Cookbook Fair, which takes place later this week. The fair focuses entirely on cookbooks, with an emphasis on selling rights to the titles on display. Cookbooks are, as Fair director Edouard Cointreau explains, growing some 5-10% per year and many bestselling books, such as those published by charity organizations around …

A Tale of Two Cookbooks: The Fancy and the Foul-mouthed

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Dennis Abrams and Edward Nawotka There are, essentially, just two different kinds of cookbooks. The first is what can indelicately be called “food p*rnography.” It depicts food that one wants to make but knows is virtually impossible to replicate in a home kitchen, food that exists only in restaurants and one’s fantasies. The second kind of cookbook is the one you …

German Buch News: Libri, KNV End Distribution Agreement; Salt is Cookbook of the Year

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book wholesalers Libri and KNV are ending their year-long experiment in combined distribution on December 31st. According to Buchreport, the fact that the two wholesalers had very different systems and procedures prevented them from realizing the cost savings they’d anticipated. In addition, certain regions lacked infrastructure for distribution leading to further problems. LitVideo and Lübbe are working …

In Paris and Frankfurt, Cookbooks Get “Fair” Treatment

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: “I’ve been going to the Frankfurt Book Fair since 1995 and the number of cookbooks on offer at the show has quadrupled since that time,” says Edouard Cointreau, chairman and founder of Gourmand International, speaking from Beijing, where he’s busy filming a cooking series for the Chinese Food Network. “In the US alone, cookbook sales have …

Bonus Material: Epicurean Classic Showcases Cooks and their Books

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the United States, food and wine festivals are becoming more popular every year. The marquee events on the calendar are the Aspen Food and Wine Classic in Colorado and the South Beach Wine & Food Fest in Florida. While those events draw tens of thousands of deep pocketed foodies and celebrity chefs, a more modest event …