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Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics” in its annual international book award contest.


Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.


Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics” by Catherine Barnhoorn won the Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction – Cooking/Food category in this year’s awards.

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2017 Living Now Book Awards Results Announced.

Celebrating Books that Heal the Mind, Body and Spirit


With the increasing use of pesticides and factory farms and the preference by governments, farmers, food manufacturers and grocers to promote GMO and mass-produced foods, learning to eat wisely and safely is a quagmire of obstacles and unknown variables. Where can we turn for encouragement and information about how to bring positive change to the world?


Jenkins Group and are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Living Now Book Awards, designed to recognize the year’s best world-changing books. For the ninth year, “books for better living” were chosen for their unique ability to enrich readers’ lives and promote global sustainability. This year’s contest resulted in an exceptionally impressive list of inspiring books, a testament to the dedication of authors and publishers today.


104 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to books in 34 categories, ranging from cooking and coloring books to metaphysics and meditation. “This year’s medalists demonstrate how inspirational a good book can be,” says Awards Director Jim Barnes. “Books are a lifeline in a storm, giving readers solid, helpful information when they need it most.”


Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics by Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Catherine Barnhoorn was awarded a Bronze Living Now Award in the Cookbooks – Natural, Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian Category.

Mila's Meals wins Living Now Book 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.”

2017 Indie Book Award Winners Announced


New York – Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) has named the best indie books of 2017 and ‘Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics’, has been placed as a Finalist in the HEALTH/WELLNESS (NON-FICTION) Category.


The Next Generation Indie Book Awards, is the largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The winners and finalists will be honored May 31 at the Harvard Club in New York City during BookExpo America.


The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love of a great read and experience in the publishing arena identify books deserving a wider audience.

Indie Book Award

South African cookbook, Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics, shortlisted for Gourmand ‘Best in The World’ Cookbook Award.


7 February 2017 – Knysna, South Africa – I am proud to announce that Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics has been shortlisted for a renowned publishing award – the Gourmand World Cookbook Award’s ‘Best in the World’.


Mila’s Meals is representing South Africa in the Food Culture section of the awards following the ‘Best in South Africa’ Gourmand Award earlier this year in the Self-Published category, which qualified the book to represent South Africa in Gourmand International’s Best In The World Awards. Mila’s Meals is shortlisted in the First Book category.

“I am truly honoured to receive such an accolade, especially since Mila’s Meals is my first book and it is self published (I wrote it, created the recipes and designed the book) and it is competing with so many large, established publishing companies from around the globe. This endorsement of the hard work and blind faith over the three and a half years it took to complete the book will hopefully lead to a publishing deal for the next two books I have in mind – Mila’s Medicine and Mila’s Meals: Lunchboxes & Celebrations” says author Catherine Barnhoorn.

South African self-published cookbook, Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics, wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award.


4 January 2017, Knysna, South Africa – The 2017 Gourmand Awards jury is delighted to announce that Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics by Catherine Barnhoorn is the national winner in its category: SELF PUBLISHED BOOK. These prestigious Awards are compared to the Olympics in scope and in glamour to the Oscars, with over 10,000 submissions from 209 countries competing for the 2016 awards.

 “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.” Edouard Cointreau, President of the Jury – Gourmand World Cookbook Awards


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