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The Gourmand Awards in Macao - Registration & Facts


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The Gourmand Awards are the major Food Culture event in the world.

They started in 1995 for cookbooks and wine books, at Frankfurt Book Fair. They now include all Food Culture content. The Gourmand Awards are open to all, big or small, print or digital, for sale or for free, with or without ISBN, trade or self published, private or public, in any language. It is free to participate, anyone can send entries. There is no comparable international cultural event in the world, except the Olympics. We are inspired by the Olympic spirit.

1- The countries

This year we had entries from 215 countries and regions. There are 193 countries in the United Nations. For the Finalists, we have considerably reduced from the entries the number of countries, and entries. There are now Finalists for Food from a total of 134 countries (116 UN members) and regions. There are 40 countries and regions for Drinks.

2- Categories

There are 100 categories for Food, 30 for Drinks. This is necessary to reflect the wide diversity of world food culture. It gives a chance to many countries to win in a category. In the Olympic games, they have 303 competitions/categories for 202 countries. On our list our finalists, we have 130 categories for 134 countries and regions. In total, there are 1372 entries now finalist, 1144 for food, and 228 for drinks. This represents less than 3% of the total of similar books and other formats published and available every year. It is a major achievement to be on this list of Finalists. There are 67% of the categories with 12 or less finalists, 26% with 13 to 19 finalists, and 7% with 20 to 30 finalists.

3- Trends

Food Culture is now taken very seriously by most governments and individuals. Food is at the heart of the issues of our future, collectively and individually.Trends in Food and Drinks culture are now global, everywhere in the world, which this list of finalists makes very clear. We see six major trends, combining or competing at a different pace in different countries, with change accelerating:

  • Tourism is becoming the force driving food culture. Food is the first positive criteria and motivation generally, for 35%, up from 25% fifteen years ago. We have 160 entries for tourism (12%). See our categories B15, B17, B21, W1-8, W1-12.
  • Social media and television continue to expand the food culture market, helping print. See our categories A07, A08, A09, A13, B18, B19.
  • Health and Nutrition have joined with Ethics and Environmental concerns, spreading the same issues worldwide. For instance Vegan has become mainstream in very few years, everywhere. See our categories D01, D02, D08, D09, E06, E13.
  • Local has become the key word. There is a major effort everywhere to save local food culture, and transmit it. It is helped by tourism and the locavore trends. Slow Food has won. See our categories C01, D05, D07.
  • Quick and easy comfort food is still very important, especially in Asia. See our category E01. In 1995, when we started, this was the leading category.
  • Children and Family food books are rapidly expanding. See categories D03, D11.
  • There are minor new trends starting now Sports and Food, see D13.
  • Seniors and food, see D12 Breakfast, see E15.
  • Embassies and Gastro Diplomacy, see F08.

4- Digital

We have 19 categories (15%) exclusively for digital, with 195 digital entries now finalists (15%). You can find in the list of Finalists approximately 50 free Food and Wine PDF to download, selected for their quality, nearly all produced by public institutions. Unfortunately, they tend to disappear quickly, so do not be surprised if you cannot find them. We cannot help. See categories A06 for FAO, UN-IOM, UNDEP-Canada, UNESCO, UNWTO or B17, W1-12. For cookbook professional online newsletters, see B03.

5- The next step

The Best in the World will be announced in Yantai, China at the Gourmand Awards annual event May 25-28, 2018. The top 3 in each category will have the right to Best in the World. We do not announce results before the event. It is not necessary to attend to win. Apart from the honors at the event, the major opportunity is meeting the other participants, for business and pleasure. As previous participants have written, it may be the best four days of your life if you participate. Guests from over 60 countries had already indicated they wanted to come as of January 12, 2018. There are among them 81 guests who have already been at our events in Yantai. They come back even if they have no entry in the competition, it is so important for networking, business, and food culture.


Wine Books Shortlist 2018

Finalists May 26-27, 2018


W1-1 Hall of Fame - Drinks

France: Le Val de Loire, Terres de Chenin, Christian Asselin, Pascal Girault (Editions Les Caves se Rebiffent)
Sweden - Champagne Hiking, Richard Juhlin

W1-2 Wine Publisher of the Year

China - CITIC Open the Bottle 9787508676098
France - Dunod - Whisky Made in France, Robin Entreinger
USA - Sterling - Red Wine

W1-3 Digital news

China -
Hong Kong - Tersina Shieh Wine Journal
Italy - Wine by numbers, (Unione Italia Vini)
Poland - Winicja Tywa
USA - Palate Press

W1-3 Printed magazine

France - Le Vin Ligerien
UK - The World of Fine Wine
USA - Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, jr

W1-4 Book of the Year

China - Internationalization, Chinese Style (Qingdao) 9787519601416
France - ABCDaire, Christophe Beau (Tonnerre de l’Est)
Germany - Sassicaia (TeNeues)
Italy - Il Respiro del Vino, Luigi Moio (Mondadori)
Spain - Guia 100 mejores vinos de Catalunya, Lluis Tolosa
USA Wine - Red Wine (Sterling)
USA Spirits - Hennessy a toast, Glenn O’Brien, Jean Philippe Delhomme (Rizzoli)
Venezuela - Vini Vidi Vici, Leonardo D’Addazio (Academia Sommeliers Venezuela)

W1-5 French wine

Australia - Bursting Bubbles, Robert Walters (Bibendum Wines)
Brazil - Bordeaux e seus Grands Crus Classes, Leonardo Liperone Baruki
China - Getting into French Wine (Chemical) 9787122294364
France - Les Petits Vignobles en France (Presses Universitaires Rennes)
Finland - Essi Avellan Champagne (Asselvino)
Netherlands - Champagne, Gert Crum (Digipublishers)
Scotland - I love champagne, Davy Zym (Freight Books)
Sweden - Champagne, Vinet och Odlarna, Karlsson (Carlsson)

W1-6 European wine, except France

Croatia - Dalmatia wine stories, Zeljko Germaz
Germany - Port Wein, Axel Probst
Netherlands - Discover Dutch Wine, Mariella Beukers, Irene de Vette (Solaris)
Portugal - O Vinho que Lisboa tem, Ana Cristina Marques (Caminho das Palavras)
Singapore - Cracking Croatian Wine, Charline Tan, Dr Matthew Horkey (Blue Roster)
Slovakia- Slovak Wine Guide, Vladimir Hronsky (Slovart)
Spain - El vino de Cangas (Velasco)
Switzerland - Chasselas (Werd Weber)
USA- Hidden Gems of Italy, Tony Margiotta

W1-7 New World Wine

Argentina - Reporte Vino Argentino 2017, Aldo Graziani, Valeria Mortara (Planeta)
Brazil - Anuario Vinhos do Brasil (Idearia Baco Multimedia)
Canada - Icon, BC best wineries, John Schreiner (Touchwood)
France - La Carte des Vins (Marabout)
UK - The Wine Value Chain in China (Elsevier)
USA - Wine Country Women of Napa Valley, Michelle Mandro (Cameron)

W1-8 Wine and Spirits Tourism

Austria - Kulinarische Tourismus und Weintourismus (Springer)
Canada - Les Paradis de la Biere Blanche (Druide)
China - Compass to the ocean of wine (Zhejiang S/T) 9787534179549
France - Des Vignes et des Hommes (Feret)
Georgia - Georgia, Miquel Hudin (Vinologue)
Germany - Seewein, Wein Kultur am Bodensee (Jan Thorbeke)
Portugal - Vinhos & Petiscos (Caminho das Palavras)
Scotland - I love champagne, David Zyw (Freight Books)
Singapore - Cracking Croatian Wine, Charline Tan, Dr Matthew Horkey
Spain Marketing Enoturismo, Lluis Tolosa
Switzerland - Randos bieres en Suisse Romande, Monika Saxer (Helvetiq)
USA - Around the world in 80 wines, Mike Veseth (Littlefield)

W1-9 Digital drinks book

Australia - Australian Sparkling Wine Report, Tyson Stelzer
Belgium - Ginventory app
France - Une Histoire du vin, Didier Nourisson
Spain - Pasion por el vino, Joan Martin
Switzerland - Vinfox app
UK - The Way of Whisky, Dave Broom (Mitchell Beazley)
USA - Mezcal, Emma Jenzen

W1-10 Wine Professionals

Canada - Wine Tasting, Ronald Jackson (Elsevier)
China - Sustainable Development China Wine Industry (XinHua) 9787516631911
France - De l’oenologie a la viticulture, Alain Carbonneau, JL Escudier (Quae)
Georgia - Voyage en Amphore, Keiko Kato, Maika Masuko (WOINO)
Spain -Comunicacion del Vino, Rodolfo Castro Galiana (Lucarno)
Switzerland - Cepages Suisses, Jose Vouillamoz (Favre)
USA - The Business of Sustainable Wine, Sandra Taylor (Board and Bench)
Venezuela - El Catador Ilustrado, Alberto Soria (Editorial Alfa)

W1-11 Translation

Belgium - Parlons Vin, Paul Laveau, Dietrich Eliger (Peter Lang)
France - Chateau Climens (Feret)
Portugal - The Old Vineyards of Portugal, Luis Antunes (CTT)
Spain - Guia Intervinos
USA- Wine isn’t rocket science (Hachette)

W1-12 Digital- Ebooks, Institutions / Brochures

Argentina - Vitivinicultura Argentina en el Mundo (Coviar) 131 pages free PDF
Austria - Austrian wine in depth (Austrian Wine) free 123 pages PDF
Brazil - Wine and Something else , Marcello Copello
Canada - Economic impact wine industry (Canadian Vintners) 37 pages free PDF
France - Cognac Part des Anges (BNIC-Artcurial) 76 pages free PDF
South Africa - Cape Kontrei Winelands (WOSA) 80 pages free PDF
Spain - Imprescindibles tapa/vino de Jerez ( 64 pages free PDF

W2-1 Drinks with no alcohol

Canada - J’aime les smoothies, Louise Rivard (Modus)
China - Easy Smoothies (Textile) 9787518037247
France - Eau Minerale et Medecine Thermale, Michel Jaltel (Harmattan)
Iran - Samira Janatdoust Cold and Hot Drinks (Paniz Mehr)
Mexico - Cacao, bebida de los dioses, Martha Chapa (Tabasco)
Spain - Que beber cuando no bebes, Meritxell Falgueras (Urano)
UK - Doctor’s order, Chris Edwards (Hardie Grant)

W2-2 Coffee

China - Learning Coffee from Video (Textile) 9787518037230
Costa Rica - Aroma, Alfonso J. Kinglow
Colombia - Permission to Slurp, Karen Attman (Bogota Intl Press)
Ethiopia - Where the Wild Coffee Grows, Jeff. Koehler (Blomsbury)
Germany - Bohnengold Kaffee, Michael Paulzenberger (Freya)
Jamaica - Marley Coffee Cookbook, Rohan Marley, Maxcel Hardy, Rosemary Black
Japan - Sawada Coffee Style 9784862561879
Sweden - Kaffeboken, Donald Bostrom (Arena)
Uganda - Growing Peace, Richard Sobol (Lee and Low)
UK - SouthWest Independent Coffee Guide (Salt Media)
USA - Starbucks app

W2-3 Tea

China - New Explanation Classic of Tea ((Machine) 97871115722312
France - L’Empire du The, Katrin Rougeventre (Michel de Maule)
Germany - Teezeit, Li-hong Kuhlin (Drachenhaus)
UK - The World of Tea Encyclopedia, Will Battle (Troubadour/Matador)
USA - Thirst for Empire, Erika Rappaport (Princeton University)

W2-4 Spirits

Brazil - Os Segredos do Gin, Jose Osvaldo Albano do Amarante (Mescla)
China - R& D Chinese Spirit Culture Tourism (CHLIP) 9787518411559
Denmark - Akvavit, Sune Risum-Urth (Two Guys)
France - Combier, une aventure a la francaise, Franck Choisne (Herve Chopin)
Germany - Deutsche Gin, Michael Kern
India - Indian Spirits, Magandeep Singh (PRH)
Italy - Grande Libro della Grappa (Hoepli)
Peru - Picanterias y Chicherias, Isabel Alvarez (USMP)
Sweden - Whisky, Orjan Westerlund (Storytel - Grenadine)
Switzerland - Gin, Karl Rudolf (AT)
Turkey - Raki Gastronomi, Erdir Zat (Overteam)
Venezuela - El Ron, Vladimir Viloria (El Nacional)

W2-5 Cocktails

Canada - Aventures de la Mixologie, Patrice Plante, Mr Cocktail
France - Mezcal (Hachette)
Italy - Profession Barman, Alan Arrigo (Santi)
Philippines - PhilRice Tapuy Cookbook and Cocktails
Sweden - Cocktails pa flaska, Kaporis, Taube, Moren (NOK)
UK - Their Majesties Mixers, Thomas Mace Archer Mills (Filament)
USA - Cocktail Champion, Mark Addison (Assouline)

W2-6 Matching Food and Drink

Argentina - La Cocina del Vino, Fernanda Orellano (Escuela Argentina Sommeliers)
Austria - From Sunset to Sunrise, (Brandstatter)
Canada - Wine and Cheese map, Gary Bader
Cuba- Donaire de los Vinos, (Ediarte)
France - A la table des vignerons, (Hachette)
Italy - Friuli Venezia Giulia Via dei Sapori, Walter Filiputti
New Zealand - Brewed, Jules Van Costello (Potton Burton)
Spain - Vinos dulces del mundo y cuatro quesos azules, Sara Castellvi (Amaf)
Sweden- Mat & Vin, Anette Rosvall (Semic)
Switzerland - Beer Pairing, Caviezel, Vilgis (Fona)
Turkey - Raki Gastronomi, Erdir Zat (Overteam)
UK - The Wine Dine Dictionary, Victoria Moore (Natalia Shaw)
USA - Acid Trip - World’s Vinegar, Michael Harlan Turkell (Abrams)

W2-7 Other Drinks

Austria - Das Osterreichische Mostbuch, Isa Svel (Orac)
Canada - Transformation du Cidre au Quebec, Merin Cloutier, Anais Detolle (PUQ)
France - Hydromel et Derives, Andre Rogard (Puit Fleuri)
Germany - Best of Apfelwein, Frankfurt, Julia Sohngen, Bernd Buchterkirch (Societats)
UK - Finding Good Cider, Alan and Richard Stone
USA - Art of Mead Tasting Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor (Mead Maven)

W2-8 Beer

Australia - The Slab, Glen Humphries
Austria - 525 Jahre Salzburger Stiegl Bier, Harald Waltzbauer (Brandstatter)
Brazil - Cerveja com design (Senac)
China - Brew beer by yourself (CHLIP) 9787518403028
France - La biere bretonne, Gabriel Thierry (Au Coin de la Rue)
Germany - Das Grosse Brauwelt, Horst Dornbusch (Hans Carl)
Spain - Cerveses artesanes de Catalunya (Cossetania)
Sweden - Beer, Brewing, & Bastards, Darnell, Eriksson (Grenadine)
Switzerland - Beer Pairing, Caviezel, Vilgis (Fona)
UK - Little Book of Craft Beer (Hardie Grant)

W3-1 Drinks History

Canada - 9000 years of wine, Rod Phillips (Whitecap)
China - History of wine development (Hunan Art Culture) 9787540481261
France - Robert-Jean de Vogue (Tallandier)
India - Indian Spirits, Magandeep Singh (PRH)
Peru - Moquegua entre pisco y vino, Jose Fernando
Portugal - O Vinho no tempo da Guerra, Manuel Carvalho (Publico)
Scotland - Scotland Secret History, Whisky (Birlinn)
Spain - Las piedras que hacian vino. Luis and Alejandro Paadin (Servino)
UK - Order! Rise and Fall of Political Drinking , Ben Wright (Duckworth)
USA - Ancient Brews , Patrick E. McGovern (WW Norton)

W3-2 Drinks Education

China - Open the bottle (CITIC) 9787508676098
Finland - Makumatka, Heikki & Eeva Remes (Media Wallius)
France - Mon cours d’oenologie, Marie Dominique Bradford (Dunod)
Germany - Weinguide, Romana Echensberger, MW (Christian)
India - Indian Spirits, Magandeep Singh (PRH)
Italy - Guida vitigni Italia, (Slow Food)
Sweden - Cosmopolitan with a twist, Per Samuelsson, Irene Sahiln (Taste of Sound)
USA - Delectable Premium app, Antonio Galloni
Venezuela - Vini Vidi Vici Leonardo D’Addazio (Academia Sommeliers Venezuela)

W3-3 Photography

Finland - Makumatka, Heikki Remes (Media Wallius)
France - Vin, Metiers d’art et art de vivre, Helene Farnault (Glenat)
Sweden - Champagne Hiking, Richard Juhlin, Pal Allan

W3-3 Illustrations

Germany - Die Weine Von Gala (Taschen)
Spain - El vino de Cangas (Velasco)
USA- Are you my wine, Reese Ling (Ulysses)

W3-4 Drinks Writing

Argentina - El vino, el espejo del amor, Alfredo Terzano (Baco Club)
Brazil - Vinho: por uma recapitulação filosófica, Ronaldo Zanella (Amazon Kindle)
China - Breathing between the vines (CITIC) 97875086677217
France - De la salive de la terre nait l’esprit des cailloux, Laurent Martelet (L’Armancon)
Germany - Wie schmekt Rot ?, Markus Del Monego (Sueddeutsche)
Italy - Stregat, Angala Spena
Spain - Los Nuevos Vinadores, Luis Gutierrez (Planeta)
Sweden - Vin & Sprit, Hans de Geer (Naringslivshistoria)
USA - Cork Dork, Bianca Biosker (PRH)

W3-6 Drinks and Health

China - Chinese Liquor Culture (China Medecine Science) 9787506787192
France - Le Gout de l’ Ivresse, Matthieu Lecoutre (Belin)
India - Indian Spirits, Magendeep Singh (PRH)
Sweden - Alkohol, droger, & hjarnan , Marcus Helig (NOK)
UK - Doctor’s Order Chris Ewards (Hardie Grant)
USA - Doctor’s guide to heathier cocktails,Kori Feldman
Venezuela - El Catador Ilustrado, Alberto Soria (Alfa)

W3-7 Organic, Natural, Bio, Biodynamic

France - Manuel pour s’initier au vin naturel, Antonin Iommi Amunategui (Epure)
Germany - Biologisch Dynamischer Weinbau, Jean Michel Florin (Goethaneum)
Spain- Raices de vino natural, Clara Isamat Riviere(SD)
UK- Wine revolution, Jane Anson (Jacqui Small)

W3-8 Wine websites

Argentina -
Australia -
Canada -
France -
Germany -, Deutsche Wein Institut
Greece -
New Zealand -www.nzwine.comwine
South Africa-

W4-1 Special Awards

Special Awards are final. They do not compete between themselves. They have the right to Best in the World
China -Wine development History, Guo Minghao (Hunan Art Culture) 9787540481261
Georgia - Voyage en Amphore, Keiko Kato, Maika Masuko (WOINO)
Italy - Il Viaggio con I gazzosa, Carlo Cambi (Cinque Sensi)
Spain - Els Vins Secrets de Catalunya, Lluis Romero (Cossetania)
USA - Napa Valley Entertaining, Blakesley Chappellet, Briana Marie (Historic Hospitality Books)

W4-2 Special Awards Angers - Loire

France - Bucher Vaslin à Chalonnes, 1947-2017 (Musée de la Vigne et du Vin d’Anjou)
France - Le Val de Loire, Terres de Chenin, Christian Asselin, Pascal Girault (Editions Les Caves se Rebiffent)
France - Anthologie du Sacavin, Marc Leclerc (4 Chemins)
France - La Loire est en elles, Jean-Claude Bonnaud (Rives de Loire)

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