The EAT SMART culinary guidebook series, published by Ginkgo Press, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, was awarded the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards' top honor -- 'Best in the World' in the Food Series category on May 27 at Gourmand's annual awards event in Yantai, China.
Publishers Joan Peterson and Susan Peterson Chwae, along with Ginkgo Press executive chef Edward Chwae, traveled to China for the Awards ceremony and were thrilled when the EAT SMART culinary guidebook series was announced as the winner.
The EAT SMART series had won the ‘Best in the USA’ in the Food Series category earlier this year. The series then went on to compete with other countries entering books for the ‘Best in the World’ title in this category.
The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards organization has been celebrating the best food and wine books in the world for the last 23 years. The competition has become 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.
The four-day awards event in Yantai was attended by nearly 500 people--including food and wine book authors, publishers, and others who are involved in some aspect of food and wine book production. Daily tastings and cooking demonstrations from international authors and chefs also highlighted the awards event.
Joan Peterson founded Ginkgo Press and the EAT SMART series 25 years ago. She started the series after extensive travel all over the world with her husband, having realized that there were no guidebooks dedicated to the foods of a country. Joan felt that the best way to get to the heart of a culture is through the food, so she decided to write them herself. The first guidebook was “Eat Smart in Brazil.” Twenty-five years later there are 14 guides in the series, with 11 of them authored or co-authored by Joan. Three others were written by local Madison authors.
In 1998, Ginkgo Press began creating culinary tours primarily based on the EAT SMART books. In 2019, tours will be offered to Morocco, Turkey, India, Portugal, and Jordan.
Eat Smart Culinary Travel - Culinary Guidebooks
We tell you what there is to eat! Intertwining history, geography and diet, the award-winning EAT SMART culinary travel guidebook series published by Ginkgo Press educates travelers and takes them to the heart of a culture, through an understanding and appreciation of its cuisine. The guides have two extensive dictionaries (one for menus and one for markets), authentic recipes from chefs to be savored as a preview or reminiscence of one's visit to foreign destinations, as well as the low down on regional specialties, useful phrases, and travel and shopping trips.
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Eat Smart Culinary Travel - Culinary Tours
Join us in getting to the heart of the culture through an exploration of its tantalizing cuisine. Sample the infinite variety of regional specialties in their natural setting. Delve into the secrets of local dishes by participating in cooking classes. Also included are talks on culinary topics and visits to bustling markets to learn about the herbs, spices and condiments that are prevalent in regional cookery.
We also see the major tourist sights, yet still have time to shop and relax along the way. You’ll come away with a knowledge of the culinary traditions and a deep appreciation of the magnitude of history and culture.
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