Cuban cook books win three Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Jan 24 (Granma) Three books from the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba’s Artechef publishing house, won Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the cooking world.

The international awards will be presented next May in Beijing, China, according to Juventud Rebelde.

Eddy Fernández and Miriam Rubiel’s book, in English, covering traditional “campesina” rural meals, won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Local Cuisine category.

Meanwhile, Qué cocinaré hoy, by Luis Ramón Batlle, won the Award for Easy Home Recipes, and El donaire de los vinos, by Martha Señan, was awarded in the food and drinks category.

The news was announced in the national plenary session of the Cuban Federation of Culinary Associations, a space to assess the work of the organization.

Chef Eddy Fernández Monte, president of the Federation, stressed the importance of training processes, which must be strengthened across the island, with the participation of the most outstanding specialists.

At a time when international and national tourism in Cuba is not only growing, but becoming more demanding, Monte highlighted the importance of rescuing and developing our culinary art.
As an example of what is being done, he noted the Sabor movement, active in the seven oldest settlements of Cuba, which began two years ago in order to rescue traditional dishes.

This culinary project also contributes to publicizing the existence on the island not only of a typical national cuisine, but of regional variants.

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