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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

TRENDS
THE CONTINENTS SHIFT

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
 

Gourmand World Summit information dossier

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