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Gourmand Awards 2023

Winners by Countries


Winners by Countries Gourmand Awards 2023


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Winners by Countries Gourmand Awards 2023


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With over 100.000 screened books and publications from some 230 countries and regions, the Gourmand Awards brings an overview about food and drink information published all around the world this year.

We have prepared posters for the winners by countries that have been selected to compete for the Best in the World in 2023. All the posters have the front cover of the book, and a presentation text in English. It has been a huge amount of work for us, but it is little compared to the dedication and efforts of the authors and publishers.

There are 1250 posters in total, 1067 posters for Food Culture books, and 183 for Drinks Culture books, with books from 142 countries. Posters are helpful for international promotion, attract attention from other countries, and open the door to foreign rights trade and distribution. In fact, reading these posters is like reading a book on the State of Food and Drink Culture 2022.

Each category presents its national winners before the Best in the World Ceremony. The scope of this selection reflects the passion of all humanity for cooking, as well as the immense food challenges of the 21st century.

We do not always repeat posters when text and image would be the same in another category. We made posters for nearly all winners, but not all.



November 15, 2021

The deadline for the Gourmand Awards 2022 was November 15, 2021. This final list includes the selected nominees for the Best in the World awards ceremony event of 2022. Each list incorporates all nominees from the previous lists of 2021. Here are the Winners for their country competition. They will represent their country. There is only one book per country in each category.

The major objective of this list is to help the promotion of the nominees with the media as early as possible after the books are published. For this purpose, the nominees already have the right to digital Gourmand Awards Winners certificates and stickers.

There are 1558 selections from 227 countries and regions. It is the maximum we ever had. There are 1393 for Food Culture and 165 for Drink Culture. It includes 275 free documents, selected for their quality and importance, from thousands available, with free downloads on internet. The United Nations, FAO, WFP, UNESCO, are the largest publishers of those free documents.

We have more participating books. It is always free and open to all to participate, big or small, trade publisher or institution or self publishing. Last year already had seen an increase of 20%. With the pandemic, people are coming back to cooking and reading. Authors and publishers are responding to the demand in quantity and quality.

Even more significant is that the increase is worldwide. The rise in Latin America and Africa is spectacular. The pandemic is global, it changes behaviors everywhere. More food books are published around the world, food culture is becoming essential.

The selection of the Gourmand Awards give an overview of the best around the world. The size of that universe is difficult to envision from individual countries. In t otal, we estimate there are now over 100.000 food and drink culture books and documents every year, in print or digital, free or paid, with or without ISBN. There were approximately 25.000 when we started 26 years ago, with much less digital or free. There is approximately 1% chance to be selected on this Gourmand Awards list !


Edouard Cointreau
Founder and President
Gourmand Awards


FOOD CULTURE Best in the World 2021
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DRINK CULTURE Best in the World 2021
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May 25, 2021

Best in the World 2021, from 80 countries and regions

The ranking of the Best in the World 2021 were supposed to be announced at the awards event in Paris Louvre-Tuileries on June 5, 2021. Due to the Covid-19, we had to change the plan. We decided to announce the results on May 25, 2021 to help now the authors and publishers. The awards ceremony will be November 29, at Les Cordeliers, Paris 6.

Les Cordeliers may be the most beautiful place we ever had for the Gourmand Awards. It is certainly the most historical, a middle ages monk convent turned intoo the French Revolution Club led by Danton. In November 2021, we hope to meet there all the Best in the World in this list.

We treat all Top 4 in the same way, they are all Best inthe World. They already have the right to the Best in the World certificates and self adhesive stickers. They can use their Gourmand Award to promote their work with the media and readers.


Edouard Cointreau
Founder and President
Gourmand Awards

See the list FOOD CULTURE >>>

See the list DRINK CULTURE >>>

FOOD CULTURE Best in the World 2021
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DRINK CULTURE Best in the World 2021
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Small streams make big rivers

Why foreign rights?

  • For a publisher, foreign rights can make the difference between profits and losses on a book.
  • For an author, foreign rights can represent more than income from sales in his own country.
  • It is easier to receive 1000 Euros net in one very small foreign rights deal than selling 500 cookbooks at a book fair, which is what an author needs to sign and sell to make the same amount on the average cookbook.
  • There is little investment; it is mostly time and travel.

Who sells?

  • Nearly all publishers now have a foreign rights department. They are the key to negotiate and sign the contracts. It is best for authors to let publishers negotiate.
  • When there is an agent, they often take a leading role in the negotiations, and they usually earn more for their client than the 15% they charge.
  • The authors very often initiate the contact with the foreign buyer. They know their book well. They can market it better than the foreign rights department who very often does not have the time to open the books.
  • A good author for a publisher is one that not only writes good books, but one that will easily promote himself the book, and sell foreign rights himself.

Who buys?

  • English speaking markets are more sellers than buyers. It is extremely difficult to sell to the US.
  • The buyers are now in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. There are many small deals, rather than the one big deal. For Paris Cookbook Fair in March 2011, 13% of professionals registered on January 25th come from Asia, 10% from Eastern Europe and 7% from Latin America.
  • Foreign rights is a long term business, with many deals between partners who trust each other.
  • It is a much more personal business that it would seem. Sending a book by mail is not the same as meeting the buyer.

Who owns the foreign rights?

  • The majority of contracts in the English speaking world is a balanced split of 50/50 between authors and publishers.
  • In France it is often lower for the author, from 25 to 40%; in Spain it is higher, 60% for the author.

How do you calculate how much?

  • There is usually an advance, calculated as a percentage of royalties. It is wise to think all you can count upon is the advance.
  • Calculating the advance is easy. You need:
    • The retail price of your book in the market in the contract.
    • The number of copies of the first printing.
    • The royalty.
    • The percentage of the advance, usually 60% of the royalty.
  • So a book with a printing of 3000 selling at 20 Dollars in the foreign market, with a royalty of 10%, will net to the author and publisher 3.600 Dollars if the advance is 60%. Then it is split between publisher and author.

Happy stories?

  • Some publishers buy many rights. They often do their shopping at Paris Cookbook Fair or on the Gourmand stands at Frankfurt and London Fairs. They will look at all exhibition books one by one to find authors and translations. Other buyers wait for the books to come to them, or at the Gourmand Awards lists.
  • Paris Cookbook Fair is the key for small publishers. More than fifty percent of publishers in Paris do not have stands at Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2010,White Tara found translations in 4 languages for their Cambodian book “Au Pays de la Pomme Cythère”, Féret sold wine books to China, Chakall found deals for books in Germany, Spain, etc. We believe more than 200 deals were initiated last year at Paris Cookbook Fair 2010.

Seller beware!

  • The Royalties are very often “lost in translation” in foreign rights deals. Following up is much work and rarely worth it.
  • First story.- A bestselling author complained and did receive five times his advance in unpaid royalties after much expense in audits, time and lawyers. The big publisher paid, but cancelled future books from this author, after paying him over years over 200.000 Euros. It was very difficult for him to find another publisher.
  • Second story.- A wonderful author from Europe was so happy selling 100.000 cookbooks in the US. Unfortunately his publisher had sold the rights for this book for one dollar. The buyer was a US corporation his European publisher controlled.
  • The unending story.- There are countless examples of books published in another language with the authors not being told about it. It happens to the biggest authors, with the biggest publishers, in the top market. So it may happen even more with smaller authors and markets. Internet is very useful. The same is true, by the way, for paperback deals.


  • Foreign rights have always been a major activity at big publishers for big fiction books. Now it is becoming a key to the business of smaller publishers and authors. The growth of the cookbook sector leads to a fragmentation of the markets, with the foreign rights becoming a fundamental business.
  • The movement is led by the authors and small publishers. The big publishers are slow to build on the possible economies of scale and synergies in their different cookbook imprints. If you have published a cookbook in one country, reality today is that there are several countries around the World where your book should and can be sold, in the original language, or through translation. In nearly all cases it will be small deals, but you cannot ignore the total income it will generate.

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