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Ireland's 14 entries in the 2016 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, who was born into the families of Cointreau Liqueur on his dad's side and Cognac's Frapin and Remy Martin on his mum's side. His family has had vineyards since 1270 so he should know a thing or two about food and drink!

The objectives of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are:

  • To reward and honour those who "cook with words".
  • To help readers find the best out of the 26,000 food and wine books produced every year.
  • To help publishers with international rights to translate and distribute food and wine books.
  • To help book retailers find the 50 food and wine books that each year should be offered to clients.
  • To create an opportunity to access the major markets in English, Chinese, German, Spanish or French for books originated in other languages.
  • To increase knowledge and respect for food and wine culture.

Édouard Cointreau, founder of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 

The awards also focus on self-published books and digital media, as founder Edouard Cointreau recognises this as the fastest growing segment in publishing. It is free competition and open to publishers in all languages and countries. The Gourmand Awards celebrate global cookbook and wine book publishing and feature many world-renowned chefs each year.

The 2016 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards will take place in Yantai, China, on the 29th of May. This year there are 14 entries shortlisted from the island of Ireland and those on the Cookbooks and Food Culture Shortlist 2016 are:

Woman Chef Author
Karen Austin for The Lettercollum Cookbook
(published by Onstream)

Special Cookbook Award
Chef Interrupted, Trevis L. Gleason 
(published by Coffee Town Press)

TV Cookbook (in English)
Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen, Clodagh McKenna
(published by Kyle Books)

Cookbook Publisher
Gill MacMillan

Cookbook of the Year
Sea Gastronomy, Michael O’Meara 
(published by Artisan House)

Online Food Magazine
The Taste -

Best Cooking App
Glutenfree Ireland App (Northern Ireland based)

Culinary Travel
NI Good Food - (Northern Ireland)

Lifestyle – Institutions, Health & Nutrition
Operation Transformation 2015 (produced by RTE)

Fish & Seafood Cookbook
Sea Gastronomy, Michael O’ Meara
(published by Artisan House)

Vegetarian Cookbook
The Lettercollum Cookbook, Karen Austin 
(published by Onstream)

Cheese and Milk Cookbook
The Sheridan’s Guide to Cheese 
(published by Transworld Ireland)

Meat Cookbook
A Bird in the Hand, Diana Henry (Northern Ireland)
(published by Mitchell Beazley)

Not for Profit Cookbook
The Dublin Cookbook for Temple Street Hospital 
(produced by Concept Marketing )

Isn't it excellent to see so many fabulous Irish food publications on the world stage of Gastronomy! The very best of success to all shortlisted! The 2016 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards will take place in Yantai, China on the 29th of May. For the full world cookbook shortlist visit their website here.


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