The Jakarta Post
'Trailing the Taste of Gorontalo' book published by Omar Niode Foundation. (JP/Defri Sofyan)
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards has announced its Best of the Best list, comprising of winners from 1995 to 2020.
Six books and one publisher from Indonesia are included in the list, which has 11 categories such as Food, Countries - Regions, Lifestyle and Drinks.
The books are 100 Makanan Tradisional Indonesia (100 Indonesian Traditional Foods) by the late Bondan Winarno (2013) in the Special Awards category; Wonderful Indonesia by Sumantri Endang (2016) in Hotels; Rendang: Minang Legacy to the World by Reno Andam Suri (2014) in Local - Region; Flavors of Indonesia by William Wongso (2016) in Asian and Best in All; Jakarta Bites by Petty Elliott (2016) in Street Food; and Trailing the Taste of Gorontalo by Omar Niode Foundation (2015) in Food Heritage.
The Jakarta-based Gramedia publisher is included in the General Trade Publishers category.
The Best of the Best list includes 785 culinary publications from 106 countries, with France receiving the most awards, as its books make up 11 percent of the list.
Gourmand World Cookbook winning books will be exhibited at the Paris Cookbook Fair, which will be held on June 3 to 7 as part of the Village International de la Gastronomie event.
Trailing the Taste of Gorontalo was awarded the 2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best in the World in Asian Cuisine from the Asian Books category.
In 2016, the book was included in the Gourmet Authors Center exhibition at the 2016 Frankfurt Bookfair in Germany.
In a statement, Amanda Katili of Omar Niode Foundation said that the authors of the book originated from Gorontalo, the United States, as well as other regions in Indonesia. "Gorontalo has not made itself known globally as a culinary destination, even though the area has culinary potential," she added.
Founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau of Spain, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards honor the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television shows. It has been likened to the Oscars of the culinary literature genre.
In 2019, three culinary books by independent publisher Afterhours Books won the 2019 Gourmand Awards, namely Kecap Manis: Indonesia’s National Condiment by Bondan Winarno, Leaf It to Tea: Exploring the Fascinating Culture of Indonesian Teas and Herbal Infusions by Santhi Serad and Rendang: Minang Legacy to the World by Reno Andam Suri. (dpk/wng)
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