As many as 10 books on Indian cuisine have won the ‘best in the world’ title at the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China.
The awards are broadly divided into number one, two and three and then there are sub-categories.In the ‘number one in the world’ group, Maria Goretti’s “From my Kitchen to Yours” has won the ‘best television chef book in English’, Veena Bath’s “Paramaanna Prapancha” the ‘best foreign cuisine book’, and “The Indecisive Chicken, 8 Dharavi Women Cooks, Dharavi Biennale” by Prajna Desai the ‘best charity cookbook in Asia’.
In the ‘number two’ group, the ‘best television chef book outside Europe’ was bagged by Shipra Khanna for her “Sinfully Yours”, Viji Varadarajan the ‘best entertaining book’ for “Festivals”, and Sreeja Jayaram the ‘best local cookbook’ for “Happiness is a Stomach Full: Kerala Cooking”.“Cooking for Happiness” by Kornelia Santoro (best innovative cookbook) and “Five Morsels of Love” by Archana Pidathala (best self-published cookbook) were placed in the ‘number three in the world’ category.
“The top 3 get the same respect, and have the rights to the best in the world logo and certificates. The competition is very difficult. A total of 211 countries participated this year. The awards event was in Yantai, China,” Gourmand World Cookbook Awards founder Edouard Cointreau.Besides US-based Padma Lakshmi’s “Love, Loss, and What We Ate” won in the ‘lifestyle, body and soul’ section and Christiane Philip’s “Nazeema’s Kerala Kitchen” in the ‘Indian and Sri Lankan cuisines’ section.
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