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- There are over 26.000 different food and wine books published around the world every year. In 2010, over 8.000 books from 154 countries competed in the Gourmand World Cookbook Fair Awards. Books compete first in their own language, then the winners compete for Best in The World. In 2011, even more entries are expected
Winning books get a new "launch" thanks to the awards, and sell more books. More importantly the winners get international recognition and may obtain international rights deals and be translated.
- The list with winners in the national and regional competitions is communicated to the winner in December 2011. The "Best in the World" winners are announced at the awards event in March 2012.
- The International Jury is made up of Jean Jacques Ratier, Mayor of Sorges, capital of the Truffles of Perigord, Sara Baer-Sinnott, President of Oldways, a non profit foundation (USA), Bo Masser, first Directeur of Booktown Grythyttan (Sweden), Edouard Cointreau, President and Founder of the awards.
- All food and wine books published between November 15, 2010 and November 15, 2011 qualify. Projects, manuscripts, blades are accepted and even most welcome. There are no entry fees. Three copies of each book have to be sent to:
Gourmand - Edouard Cointreau
Marqués de Urquijo, 6 - Bajo A
28008 Madrid - Spain