Mila’s Meals wins Gourmand ‘Best In The World’ Cookbook Award

GourmandBest in the World’ Cookbook Award won by South African self-published and first time author.

 

Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics by Knysna local Catherine Barnhoorn has been awarded the prestigious Gourmand ‘Best in the World’ Cookbook Award in the First Book category at the glamorous ceremony held in China on 28 May.

 

Catherine, who created the recipes, wrote and designed the book, competed against authors from Mauritius, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Togo. “This is a dream come true,” Catherine said after accepting the award. “It was an honour to have Mila’s Meals nominated alongside the other inspiring titles. Receiving this award is validation for the hard work, blind faith, love and passion I have poured into this project.”

 

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards have been celebrating the best food and wine books in the world for the last 22 years. The competition has grown to be the most prestigious of its kind and has informally become known as the Oscars of the cookbook world. Publishers from over 200 countries nominate thousands of books each year.

 

“In December last year the awards jury notified me that Mila’s Meals had been named the national winner in the Self-Published Book category,” Catherine said. “This put it in the running to compete for the Best in the World award against winners from other countries – in the First Book category.”

 

In his letter to Catherine, president of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards jury Edouard Cointreau wrote: “This massive book is a mother-daughter team work. It shares much nutrition information and tips, plus one hundred recipes. The photography is delightful. This is an excellent book.”

 

Catherine is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and single mother. “My daughter Mila is the great inspiration behind Mila’s Meals,” she explained. “With the growing prevalence of conditions like celiac disease, IBS, lactose and gluten intolerance, ADHS and diabetes, parents have been facing the growing problem of what foods are safe for them and their growing children. I wrote Mila’s Meals as a tool for parents and health practitioners who are having to deal with these conditions.”

 

Three and a half years of exhaustive research and many trial recipes resulted in Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics. It is a 500-page collection of over 100 gluten-, sugar- and dairy free, nourishing, wholefood recipes and food ideas for baby’s first years (and the rest of the family too). The stunningly appetising images were taken by photographer Alfred Lor. Catherine is already planning two more books in the Mila’s Meals series: Mila’s Medicine and Mila’s Meals: Lunchboxes & Celebrations.

 

“I am incredibly honoured by the Gourmand Awards jury naming Mila’s Meals the ‘Best in the World’. This has given me a valuable platform to spread the ‘food is medicine’ message. It is an amazing to see how an idea can become a reality, what a mother’s love can achieve, and how a challenging situation (like food intolerances) can actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Isn’t it amazing what our children can teach us?”

 

Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics has also been placed as a finalist in the Health/Wellness (non-fiction) category of the international 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA).

 

Ends

 

Press release by Jacques Marais for Write Touch Communications.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK 

Mila’s Meals: The Beginnings & The Basics retails for R480-00 and is available from Faithful-To-Nature, Takealot, Loot, Yuppie Chef and www.milasmeals.co.za. More information on the book, and a complete list of stockists, can be found at this same website.

 

 

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 in Spain by Edouard Cointreau (of the famous Cointreau family) to honour the best food and wine books in the world and to increase knowledge and respect for the food and wine culture. The competition has grown to be the most prestigious for this genre in the world. Publishers from over 200 countries nominate thousands of books every year. Selected books first compete on a national level before moving on to The Best in the World competition. All types of publishers, from large publishing houses, to self-publishers are invited to participate. Edouard Cointreau considers professional self-publishing to be the fastest growing segment in the publishing industry.

Catherine Barnhoorn, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and author of Mila’s Meal’s, accepting her Gourmand Award at the award ceremony in Yantai, China.

Catherine Barnhoorn, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and author of Mila’s Meal’s, accepting her Gourmand Award at the award ceremony in Yantai, China.

Catherine Barnhoorn, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and author of Mila’s Meal’s, accepting her Gourmand Award at the award ceremony in Yantai, China.

[/vc_column][/vc_row]

Catherine Barnhoorn
catherine@milasmeals.co.za

Mom to Mila, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and author of 'Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics'.

No Comments

Post a Comment

310 Shares
Share297
Tweet
+11
Share12
Pin
Stumble