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THE GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS

Cherries (Used with permission.)
Cherries (Used with permission.)

In less than a month, some lucky cookbook authors will win the year’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 13-15, 2008.

Edouard Cointreau founded the World Cookbook Awards in 1995, which were renamed Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2001. Mr. Cointreau’s lineage is almost as illustrious as that of his liqueurs, Cointreau and Rémy-Martin. Appropriately, he counts the writer Rabelais as an ancestor. Imagine owning vineyards dating back to at least 1270.

Why these awards? The following points explain it all, especially the last one, and come from the official Web site publicizing the awards:

In today’s world, we cannot stress this last point enough. When people eat together, no matter how meager or opulent the meal, bonds form and the process of humanization and community building begins. “The Other” fades away and strangers become friends.

Thank you, Mr. Cointreau, for emphasizing this profound truth.

Camembert (Used with permission.)

(Read the list of 2007 award winners here and Hall of Famers here.)

© 2008 C. Bertelsen

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