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Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics Shortlisted for Gourmand ‘Best in The World’ Cookbook Award.

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 at the Gourmand Awards World Event. Mila’s Meals is now 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.


The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards have been recognizing and rewarding the world’s best food writing for the last 22 years.



Other publications contending in the First Book category are:


Aquacasia: Culinary Jewels of the Indian Ocean, by W. Reinbacher (Shanti Hotel) from Mauritius
Malaysian Students’ Cookbook, by Izarra Azuddin (MPH) from Malaysia
Arbeidsvitaminen, by Mascha Perquin-Sarneel (Loopvis) from The Netherlands
Philippine Cookery: From Heart To Platter, by Tatung Sarthou (ABS) from the Philippines
50 recettes, by Tata Yawo (Oadel) from Togo

Previous winners in the First Book category include The Rock’s Kitchen, by Zoe Anna Torres (Pegasus) and The Pollan Family Table, by Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan (Scribner).

I am so excited to be representing South Africa at the awards and wish to congratulate the other South Africa authors and publishers who have been shortlisted – it is an honour to walk alongside you.


Other shortlisted South African books are:


Special AwardMy Table, Siba Mtongana (Pilovision Media)
TV Celebrity Chef – In English Simply Delicious, Zola Nene (Struik)
TV Celebrity Chef – World Corli se Kombuis, by Corli Botha (Human Rousseau)
InnovativeTasty Wastenots, Sally-Ann Creed, Jason Whitehead (NB)
EntertainingEen Maal, Johnny Hamman (NB)
BloggersKokkedoor 2, by Errieda du Toit (Human Rousseau)
African My little black recipe book, Siphokazi Mdlankomo (Metz)
Desserts – PastryBaking with Jackie Cameron (PRH)
Fundraising – CharityGiving back childhood (Struik)

Last year’s awards had 209 countries participating in the awards; 103 countries on the shortlist; 89 categroies and 766 finalists.


The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards will take place in Yantai, China on the 27th of May 2017. You can find out more about the awards here – www.cookbookfair.com


See the full list of shortlisted contenders here.



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Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics can be purchased online on www.milasmeals.co.za or from: www.Faithful-To-Nature.co.za, www.Yuppiechef.com, www.Takealot.com, www.Loot.co.za, www.Amazon.com, www.BookDepository.com as well as other online and brick and mortar stores. Please see www.milasmeals.co.za website for full details.


Catherine Barnhoorn is available for interviews and live appearances. She is also looking for sponsors to help get her to China for the Awards Ceremony in May.


She can be contacted by email (Catherine@milasmeals.co.za) or by phone (084 823 6273).


Review copies of Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics are available upon request.



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.



Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics is a 500-page collection of over 100 gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free nourishing wholefood recipes and food ideas for baby’s first years (and the rest of the family too). Created, written and published by Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Catherine Barnhoorn with photography by Alfred Lor.


Part recipe book, part nutrition encyclopedia, part journal of Catherine’s journey into motherhood, Mila’s Meals is a call to action for every parent to be conscious of what they are feeding their little ones, providing a guideline on how to achieve this as effectively, effortlessly and joyfully as possible.


With more people learning about what foods their children can’t eat (with the prevalence of conditions like celiac disease, IBS, lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, ADHD, and diabetes on the rise), uncertainty about what food options they can eat has become a growing problem.


Mila’s Meals addresses this overwhelming challenge by being more than just a cookbook – it offers a very comprehensive explanation of food intolerances, an extensive ingredient glossary (for all 156 ingredients used in the book) as well as various charts and tables showing which nutrients are necessary for optimal growth and development and where to find them (while avoiding gluten, dairy and sugar), which food additives to avoid, as well as food introduction charts and guidance.


“With so many littlies out there with constipation, runny noses and ADHD, Catherine Barnhoorn has explained the importance of staying clear of gluten, dairy and sugar and supplied alternatives, which include delightful recipe suggestions. All the fun in eating is still there, promise!” – Rachel Jesson, (health food specialist, sports scientist and co-author of Wholesome Nutrition For You)


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