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The Autumn Harvest

For the next Gourmand World Cookbook Awards (2021)

The Autumn Harvest list is published on September 23. It includes the Spring Harvest list, published April 23 and the Summer Harvest list published July 23. There are now 983 entries, from 150 countries and regions. All will participate in the next Gourmand Awards, with the Best in the World announced June 1-6, 2021. All those on the Autumn Harvest list already have the right to the Winners certificates and stickers.

We have approximately 20% more entries this year than last year at the same time. The cookbook activity has been intense in the first eight months of 2020, a consequence of the pandemic and confinement. There is much digital publishing, but print is also increasing. There are significant changes worldwide, for instance see the Emirates Ministry of Climate Change cookbook in D01, or the Congo Cardinal of Kinshasa and the Minister of the Interior in forewords to a nutrition book against Covid-19 in A01 and F10. We created the new category A01 for Covid-19 cookbooks.

Take extreme care and keep safe, protect the others, and yourself. When back in Paris for the Gourmand Awards in June 2021 or before, you should visit the two restaurants I miss the most when away. They are among the top best in the world for my taste, from my years of international experiences, with reasonable prices for top quality real food. They are first, Le Carre des Feuillants, with Chef Alain Dutournier, and second, Le Belisaire, with chef Mathieu Garrel. Today restaurants do need all the help we can give them.

Best wishes

Edouard Cointreau

Fall Ten Months Harvest - September 23
Total= 983 from 150 countries

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Autumn Harvest Food Culture 2020
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Autumn Harvest Drink Culture 2020
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For the first time since the founding of the awards in 1995, we release the list of the Best in the World winners before the awards ceremony. International travel is now impossible. Most of our winners will be in their homes for several more weeks. So we decided that releasing the list now might make hundreds happier in these very difficult times. Our main objective has always been to try to help those who “cook with words” in any way we can.

There are also specific books that can help you to remain in a positive mood. Do see On The Hummus Route, a very positive cookbook from the Middle East, that can give hope to all readers, it is in category B02, Best Cookbook of the Year in all categories, as well as category F09 Peace Cookbook.There are many other unexpected gems on the list.

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The Best 25

The Best of The Best - 1995-2020

List of the Best for 25 years in each category for each country

It includes a selection of the Best from two previous anniversary events

  • 12 years at Frankfurt Old Opera House
  • 20 years at Frankfurt Book Fair Theater
  • 25 years will be celebrated in Paris June 3-7 and China November 1-4

ALL past Best in the World are welcome at our events.
The list below is a shortlist with a limited selection of excellent books mostly still available. Some have updated new editions.
There is only one book per country in each category

Countries Total = 106 Algeria to Zimbabwe 96
UN members, 6 Regions, 4 International organizations = Total 106


The Best in the World

By continents 1995-2019 1995-2009  
France 11% 13%. -2
Other Europe 38% 44% -6
China 8% 3% +5
Other Asia Pacific 20% 15% +5
Latin America 11% 5% +6
Anglo America 9% 18% -9
Africa 3% 2% +1
TOTAL 100% 100%  

The shift 2009-2019 in the Best in the World is clear, from the West to the East, from the North to the South. It reflects the investments in quality for the new middle class that buys cookbooks. The middle class is stagnating at best in the West and North, while rising fast in the East and South. Today 85% of the world middleclass is in Asia. Do read Factfulness by Hans Rosling, “a hopeful book about the potential for human progress” says President Barack Obama. It is vital today for authors and publishers in the West to try to reach the foreign markets in the East. There is now a market for excellent cookbooks in many more countries. Our 2009 list had Best in the World from 47 countries. In 2020 it has doubled to over 100.

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2019

Food Culture

Food Culture Gourmand Awards 2019

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2019

Drink Culture

Drink Culture Gourmand Awards 2019

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